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

Songstress Stacy Francis wowed The X Factor judges with her rendition of "Natural Woman" (and tugged on America's heartstrings by overcoming a sucky relationship with a guy who crushed her spirit — FYI, he found her on Twitter after her audition, but she blocked him), but Stacy has even more surprises up her sleeve.

The mom of two dropped a whopping 70 pounds in the five months before her X Factor audition, using none other than Simon Cowell as her weight loss motivation. "I had Simon's picture on my wall to inspire me," she told E! Online. But, of course it took more than gazing upon perfect pecs to drop from 215 pounds to her current curvy figure. She hiked, sometimes with her baby strapped to her chest when she couldn't find a sitter, for two hours a day.

Simon opts for 500 push-ups a day to keep his physique, occasionally adding in another work out, if he has time. But before you go being too impressed, he also admits to drinking 4-5 beers a day, so the push-ups probably just barely off-set his fratty habit.

Plus, The X Factor barely counts as Stacy's professional debut — she had a promising Broadway career acting in musicals like Footloose and Smoky Joe's Cafe, cut two albums with '90s girl group Ex-Girlfriend, and duetted with Tom Cruise on his birthday cruise (see what we did there?).

Perhaps this is just the mid-life career kick Stacy needs after having two kids to skyrocket her to fame.

Are you rooting for Stacy as your X Factor fave?

Source: AZ Central, E! Online

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