Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Lorde Offer Support for Bullied ‘X-Factor’ Contestant [WATCH VIDEO]

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Lorde Offer Support for Bullied ‘X-Factor’ Contestant [WATCH VIDEO]

Singers Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, and Lorde have rallied behind Joe Irvine, a contestant on New Zealand’s “The X Factor” show. Irvine was humiliated and bullied by judges and real-life couple Willy Moon and Natalia Kills and the pair were sacked from the series following the incident. Read on for more details.

Kills accused the contestant of being a copycat of her husband. Moon, on the other hand, insulted Irvine by comparing the aspiring singer to Normal Bates, a fictional character on “Psycho.” They also labeled his singing as “cheap and absurd,” which not only upset Irvine, it also earned the ire of the public.

Learning of this, Sheeran posted a message specifically for Irvine on his Twitter account. He  encouraged him to enjoy singing and not worry about what people think.

Fortunately, Irvine lasted another night during the elimination round and did not forget to thank Sheeran for his kind words. The New Zealand Herald reports that representatives of Sheeran are working something out so that the two can meet in person when the artist is in town.

Similarly, New Zealand singer Lorde sent the contestant cupcakes and a hand-written letter to show her support for Irvine.

https://twitter.com/jooe63_joe/status/577565002661429248Goulding, who is a British music artist, could not help but chime in about the incident. She said,

Goulding, who is a British music artist, could not help but chime in about the incident. She said, via her Twitter account, that she’s disgusted by the judges’ behavior and she’s glad they’re gone. Some of her tweets against the judges have been deleted, however.

The incident on “The X Factor” New Zealand has elicited a lot of response all over the world that Irvine is overwhelmed by the support he is receiving. He created a video to thank those who tweeted to him and to date, he has already amassed over 12,000 followers.

But the controversy also launched a spate of memes and tweets directed against Kills and Moon. According to the Daily Mail, angry fans on social media have made fun of the two by mocking their appearance. Kills and Moons were fired from the show a few hours before Monday evening’s broadcast. Paul Ellis, a judge on “New Zealand Idol,” said that the judges’ careers are basically done. Even Human Rights Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy said that what happened was unacceptable.

What do you think? Did the show’s producers did right by firing the judges for their behavior? Or were the judges right to speak their mind?

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