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Is X Factor Judge L.A. Reid TOO Mean?

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At least we know L.A. Reid is honest!

During Judges' round tryouts for X Factor U.S. on Sunday in El Lay, things were tense in the room, especially after Simon Cowell gave the audience the OK to "express their opinions about the auditioners":

"The idea is we're trying to find a superstar…And you're our fifth judge. Basically you're here to tell us who you like. You can be as badly behaved as you want, actually. The whole reason for doing this is I trust you guys for being able to judge this process. There's $5 million at stake."

There was plenty of booing, but perhaps even more harsh were L.A. Reid's comments for auditioners. Here's what he had to say to one woman who was not well-liked by the audience:

"When was the last time you performed? Eighteen years ago? Whatever made you stop then, you should've stuck with that decision."

And here was Simon Cowell's less intense response to the same woman:

"It's very brave, and I don't mean this disrespectfully, but you're someone who should be singing at home."

As auditions continued, the audience was asked to refrain from booing. Perhaps they felt Reid's comments were brutal enough…

What do U think about L.A. Reid's comments Vs. Simon? Is Reid more mean than Cowell?

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6 comments to “Is X Factor Judge L.A. Reid TOO Mean?”

  1. 1

    Reid is a 3 time Grammy award winning record executive. I think he has earned the right to say whatever he wants considering the multi-million dollar selling album acts he has churned out in the music industry.

  2. 2

    I think it is important to be brutally honest. It is a hard industry and LA Reid is a reflection of that, he is very successful and I am sure (like Cowell) they see a bigger picture about launching a singer. These show need balance, but also strong critique. In watching this years AI, the comments by the judges are anything but critique, they seem to like everyone and don't offer up much criticism. They can be funny, but I am not sure they will ever have the same dynamic as when Cowell was in a chair.

  3. 3

    Duh, Pink already told us this in her song "Don't Let Me Get Me" - L.A. told me, you'll be a pop star, all you have to change is everything you are.

  4. 4

    oh wow… that is harsh.. i think it's fine if it's like idol's audition.. but big auditions like x that is gonna hunt her for life! I know I am bad singer but I sing at home and in my car.. I don't think that woman will ever want to sing again..

  5. Merab says – reply to this


    oh my…not again…
    those "judges" would do everything for "good" TV and for selling their shit shows…
    The last thing they care is the "truth" and those victims ( which they insist to call contestants )…hehe..those poor people are just folks with bad self-judgement chosen by producers to be used, laughed and humiliated …

    It is getting old and stupid now. I would forbid this shit if I could

  6. 6

    i think all of them know what they are taliking about so if ya can't take the heat do not apply!! caz my kid can sing and she did not make it through round 1! IF YOU WANT TO BE A SINGER ITS YOUR LIFE!! LIKE BRUSHING YOUR TEETH AND DRINKING WATER!! SO MY KID HAS LOTS OF TIME! IF YOUR SAY MY AGE 35 AND THINKIN OHH I WILL GET A MAGIC PASS 2 STAR-DUMB WELL THATS JUST DUMB!! I THINK THIS SHOW WILL BE A BIG HIT!! BE MEAN TELL THE TRUTH! CAZ SOMEBODY NEEDS 2 TELL YA!!

    I was in line for the chicago x-factor auditions with my kid and this anorexic bitch and her annna mom were in line in front of me, and the girl waz wasted on who know what and said OH IM GONNA WIN CAZ IM THE SKINNY-IST PERSON HERE!!..me and my kid just laughed and went on with our day!