November 18, 2011 06:34 PM by Lisa Princ
Last night, on The X Factor, we said goodbye to Stacy Francis, in the show’s first shocker of the season. Today, Stacy was all smiles in a press conference as she dished about her experience on the show, the attitude of Astro last night, and Simon Cowell. Read on to hear what Stacy had to say!
The X Factor named their top nine last night, after the rock and roll performances on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Stacy Francis was not included in that group, which came as a shock to most of us – we were sure she would have gone further in the competition. Earlier today, Stacy had nothing but great things to share about the show and her experience. Check out her press interview below.
Question: When Stereo Hogzz left, they said that the journey and exposure was more important than winning. Did you think you could really win or were you more looking for the exposure?
Stacy Francis: At the end of the day, I would have loved to win. I’m not as confident in myself to say I should have won. I think once we got down to the top 12, top 10, everyone in the competition had a shot in it. I was going for the $5 million, I had my eyes on the prize for sure.
Question: Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid have been very hard on Nicole all season, do you think you may have lasted longer with one of them as your mentor, instead of Nicole Scherzinger?
Stacy Francis: You know, I love Nicole very much, but the game was going very hardcore. I think Simon Cowell threw me under the bus as a judge. I have an admiration and respect for him as a creator, but that’s not in the game. He made it very clear that he wanted to take the crown for his girls, and he did not support the other contestants at all. For that reason, I would have loved to have been in his category because America listens to him and they appreciate what he has to say – he’s very influential. As the creator of the show, I had to thank him last night because he gave me the opportunity to be here, and for that, I have so much admiration and respect for him.
Question: Do you think that your past success in the music industry affected the outcome on the show for you?
Stacy Francis: I hope not. You know, Simon said when he came to my defense, some people have had a successful career. Obviously my career wasn’t as successful as everyone was saying because noone knew who I was before I came to the X Factor. It wasn’t like I was Janet Jackson and came to do the X Factor, you know? I think that it was kind of silly that it was brought it up. People were looking for news to dish on me and they got their wish, as they wanted to see me off the show and that’s what they got.
Question: What was going through your head as you stood awaiting your fate?
Stacy Francis: I was in a state of shock. I didn’t expect to go home. My gut was just telling me that I was in the bottom two before it was announced. When I saw Astro standing next to me, I was hoping that because he’s not a singer, they would have taken the position that they wanted to let a singer go through. And then when he had a little attitude about it, I thought they would send me through. In the end, I think Simon likes the rebels.
Question: Did Astro’s behavior worsen the blow for you?
Stacy Francis: When you’re standing in that moment, you feel invalidated as an artist and like people gave up on you. You think maybe people don’t like you anymore. We have to look at who he is – he is 14 years old. He’s a little hip-hop artist, he’s a little Kanye West. Hip-Hop artists have integrity about who they are and stand by what they do. They don’t get caught up in what other people think, and they want to do what they want to do. I guess Astro felt rejected and that is how he reacted. He is 14, I am 42, I’m old enough to be his mom so on the other side of that, he’s got the confidence at 14 years old that I didn’t have at that age. I admire him for having that confidence.
Question: Don’t you feel that it is unfair though that Astro was saved, given that he had given up?
Stacy Francis: I know why they did it. He is a talented kid – he has The X Factor, but I also have The X Factor. Simon even admitted that he nearly changed his mind. It was a tough decision for them. I think Astro responded how a child would. I mean, he’s 14 years old and it’s very difficult. I’m 42 and the night before I stood there and my face wasn’t what it should have been. Sometimes we lose it as artists. It’s very personal and it’s hard and I think that’s what happened to him. My heart goes out to him – I think he’s super talented. I’ve watched him backstage writing and making beats and he’s got an extraordinary talent. I think he’s going to have a great future.
Question: What went wrong for you this week, as you said you were not happy with the performance?
Stacy Francis: You know, you’re in there, it’s very difficult to hear the music if the monitors aren’t loud enough. I didn’t have in ear pieces at the time and the audience was screaming so loud. I love when they scream for me, but I couldn’t hear myself. I finally found my way, which I think was what Paula was referring to, but by that point it was a little too late. At this point in the game, for $5 million, they want someone who can overcome those obstacles and do well. So like I said, I’ll take responsibility for my performance. I didn’t think it was bad enough to get eliminated, but obviously they did.
Question: What’s the best part of the experience that you will take with you?
Stacy Francis: Keeping my integrity. I’ve learned how to use my voice. I was holding long notes and not really getting what it means to sing a song and be in the moment. For so many years I sang to try and prove myself and prove to everyone that I’m a great singer. This experience taught me how to take a song and make it my own and make people love it. Simon Cowell taught me how do that, to take a song, take my time, and pull people in with my song.
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