Last week, we covered X Factor New Zealand contestant Joe Irvine and how he was bullied by judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon on his performance, clothes, and style.
Following last week's episode, Kills and Moon were fired from the show. But Irvine made it to the next round and received a TON of support from fans and even other artists!
This week, the contestant took back to the stage to perform an powerful rendition of Hoizer's Church and got a standing ovation from the crowd!!
When he came off stage, Irvine was moved to tears!
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The singer received nothing but praise from the judges, showing everyone that he is still a big contender on the show!
Watch Joe's performance in the video (above) — and let us know how you feel about it (below)!
No. Just so much no. What century are living in?!
There is officially more drama surrounding the X Factor New Zealand judges.
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On the heels of Natalia Kills and her husband Willy Moon's firings over their brutal slam of a contestant on the show, replacement judge Shelton Woolright is defending his use of blackface.
That's right, he's not apologizing, he's defending it. Yup. You can start screaming at your computer screen now.
The I Am Giant singer appeared in photos from performances found on his Twitter and now-private Facebook account in blackface.
Here's what he had to say about his actions:
Natalia Kills and her husband Willy Moon weren't just fired for their brutal slam of a contestant on X Factor New Zealand — they were publicly lambasted!
But are they being ridden out of town on a rail for the right reason?
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According to an inside source, it wasn't even Natalia and Willy's idea to get mean — it was the producers of X Factor!
It seems they wanted the full-on Simon Cowell claw-baring — and the ratings it drew — from the couple! Our source said:
We've been reporting on the ever-growing saga of X Factor NZ's judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, and their vicious critiques of contestant Joe Irvine.
Though Irvine made it to the next round on the show, the aforementioned judges didn't make the cut — both Kills and Moon have been fired from X Factor!
You'd think after all this backlash, the 28-year-old singer would be apologetic about her disparaging remarks, right?
WRONG! When asked if the artist regretted her harsh words, her spokesperson told The Mirror:
[New Zealand Accent]: Bye!
Natalia Kills and Willy Moon were fired from X Factor when they totally bullied innocent contestant Joe Irvine for no reason.
Well, the former judges made their way to the Auckland International Airport on Tuesday night, leaving the country and heading for Los Angeles.
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They didn't talk to any media when they arrived, and quickly made their way through the check-in for their 10:45pm flight.
But the bigger news is that Natalia seems to have been dropped from her label CherryTree Records. Her banner, which used to be prominently displayed on the site, is no longer there. We're waiting on official word, though!
Oh, and no new judges have been announced by the show yet.
[Image via Splash News.]