Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Stacy Francis Auditions in The X Factor USA Premiere

Here’s the worst “good news, bad news” story we can think of (via TMZ): After blowing all the judges away with her audition (“Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin) two weeks ago and making it to round two, 42-year-old X Factor contestant Stacy Francis learned that her father had suddenly passed away.

Of course, there’s never a good time to hear something like that, and X Factor boot camp is no exception. Yet Francis is determined to keep her chin up and stick it out on the show — she thinks that’s what her dad would have wanted. And as a single mother of two, Francis is looking for some big bucks to support her young kids when they start school.

One source told TMZ that “it has been such an emotional roller coaster for her.” We don’t doubt it — and we’re willing to give Francis the “best motivation to win” award while we’re on the subject.

Source: TMZ

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Credit: YouTube Photo: Single Mom Stacy Francis Performs "Natural Woman" on The X Factor, September 21, 2011 [VIDEO]