We all know X Factor judges like to put on a show, but this is just plain mean.
Married X Factor New Zealand judges Natalia Kills and Willie Moon have been fired following a verbal tirade against a contestant on last night’s show.
The pair, who are both professional singers, tore Joe Irvine to shreds, with Kills accusing the young performer of stealing her husband’s look.
“We have a doppelgänger in our midst,” she said.”As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property I am disgusted at how much you have copied my husband.”
“From the hair to the suit – do you not have any value or respect for originality?”
Not content to let his wife speak on his behalf, Moon chimed in with the following: “You look like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother’s clothing. It’s just a little bit creepy and I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience.”
The other two judges Melanie Blatt, a former member of All Saints, and Stan Walker winced their way through it and Blatt jumped to Irvine’s defence at the first opportunity.
“You know what Joe, I don’t think many people have believed in you. But I tell you right now, I believe in you,” she said.
TV3 was inundated with complaints over the incident and responded on Twitter last night.
Following tonight’s episode of The #XFactorNZ we received a huge amount of feedback about comments made by our judges (1/3)
— TV3 New Zealand (@TV3nz) March 15, 2015
The nature of live television can be unpredictable and we appreciate you taking the time to voice your opinion. (2/3) — TV3 New Zealand (@TV3nz) March 15, 2015