Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have been fired from “X Factor: New Zealand.” Mediaworks, which owns the channel where “X Factor” airs, confirmed their decision on Monday.
This news comes hot on the heels of the show’s broadcast where these two judges heavily criticized contestant Joe Irvine for his performance of “Cry Me A River.”
Kills in particular, was “particularly harsh” in her comments of Irvine’s performance, according to fans.
“Ladies and gentleman, I’m just going to state the obvious: We have a doppelgänger in our midst,” Kills said on live television.
“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?” “You’re a laughing stock.
I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious,” the judge continued.
“I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to even dignify you with an answer of my opinion.” Irvine, for his part, were considered by fans to have been graceful in terms of responding to Kills’ statement.
He responded to the criticism with “Thank you, Natalia.
You’re beautiful.” As for Moon, he seconded Kills’ comments with his own criticism.
“It just feels a bit cheap and absurd,” the singer said.
“I mean, it’s 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 everyone in the audience,” Moon concluded.
The other judge, Melanie Blatt took the other route and defended Irvine.
“You have got a beautiful tone,” Blatt said and encouraged the contestant to ignore the comments from Kills and Moon.
Fans of the show took to social media to call for the removal of Kills and Moon as judges for the show.
The online petition against the two judges got more than 70,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.
MediaWorks lost no time in taking action.
“While the judges on ‘ X Factor’ are expected to provide critiques of the performances, we will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges,” MediaWorks chief executive Mark Weldon said in a statement Monday.