Emblem3 on Singing One Direction Style Pop "It Sucks...It Will Get Us Votes But It's Not Us"

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OH NOES. The boys of Emblem3 are chafing under the tutelage of their X Factor mentor, Simon Cowell! They aren’t happy with the honcho and X Factor judge’s decision to take them in a pop direction a la his wildly successful X Factor UK boy band, One Direction.

The guys express their dismay in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

As the contestants prepare to bring their A-game to Wednesday’s performances, Emblem3 is finding themselves in need to a confidence boost. After weeks of requesting that mentor Simon Cowell allow them to play something original (or, at the very least, play instruments on stage), they find themselves performing the One Direction-style version of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.” (To listen, click here.)

“You can imagine why I’m a little skeptical about it,” Drew laments. “There’s already so many people comparing us to One Direction. This is just… it’s gonna cause so much shit.”

While there are certainly supporters (to wit: 8,841 “likes” on the clip at the time of publication), there are also 2,724 dislikes and comments including “omg, terrible” and “We don’t need another wannabe One Direction band, X Factor needs to seriously limit these boy bands.”

Says Drew, “We took a lot of heat for it. It wasn’t like, hate or anything, it was disappointment. It’s like, ‘Man, we really liked you guys. It sucks that you’re selling out.’ Compared to our first audition…”

Wesley interjects: “It’s literally like 98 percent of people loved our first audition and on this one, it’s like 70-30. That’s a huge difference of likes and dislikes.” Adds Keaton, “It’s progressively getting more and more hate.”

Ruh rho! Who is going to win this battle, Simon or the boys? Hm. Emblem3 has already been warned by a regretful Vino Alan to fight for their song choices,. “He looked at us and said, ‘This is the perfect example of why you should be able to choose your songs,’” recalled Wesley Stromberg to the Hollywood Reporter.

Unfortunately, the boys are a wee bit intimidated by the all-powerful Simon:

Asked if they’d brought the new numbers to Cowell’s attention, Drew says, “You can’t say shit. How do you say that to Simon? He’s like, the most powerful freaking man ever. He’s like a trillionaire.”

Keaton says, “It sucks because it will probably get votes, but it’s not us.”

Adds Drew, “It’s so far away from our style… We’re the opposite of One Direction. It makes me feel like I’m selling myself. I’m not being real.”

But the boys try to look on the brightside:

But if there’s a voice of reason, it’s Wesley, who reminds his band mates that, “We’re in a competition now.”

“There’s two different sides, the real world side and the TV competition,” he says. “On the competition, certain things work and get you more votes. They don’t necessarily work in the real world to get you more fans and followers as a career, so you’ve gotta find a perfect balance inbetween. This is temporary… you don’t have to trip that hard at all.”

OMG. Rude awakening ahead!

He adds: “If we win, that’s sick. Then we’ll get to do our own thing.”

*DIES LAUGHING* *MAKES MORE POPCORN*

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  • Nedsdag

    I guess there’s a certain threesome who won’t be 1D’s opening act this summer.

    These guys really don’t think before they speak.

  • fantoo1

    I think Simon is pretty much guaranteed to sign them. Then what? Can they be original or will he turn them into One Direction 2.0? Now that would make them unhappy!

    I have noticed that a lot of the contestants seem to be unhappy on the show this year.

  • ptebwwong

    Good luck on them trying to do their own thing! Even if they don’t win (which IMO they won’t win), Simon & the label will try to mold them as a One Direction boy band. 

    If they somehow fight & win to get their what they want on their album, there will be a likelihood that they won’t sell well because they didn’t represent themselves the same from the show to the album. IMO the talent show contestants that have had successful post-show careers usually represented themselves the same from the show to the album.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “These guys really don’t think before they speak.”

    I know, but at the same time, their candor is very entertaining. lol

  • irockhard

    Word of advice boys:

    NOW is the time to fight for what you want! Yes you gotta make some comprimises in the beginning but you’re far enough now in the comp to put your foot down without losing too many of your fans, in fact if you do you’ll probably gain new fans. If you think Simon is gonna give you guys more control after the show you’ve got another thing coming!

    And Simon “the most freaking powerful man ever”? Bullsh!t!!! Jimmy Iovine is way more powerful and yet that didn’t stop 3 Idol S10 contestants from giving him a giant eff you! And now all 3 are doing just fine.

  • Oldhag

    They are soooooo unlikeable.  On the other hand, Simon shouldn’t be trying to turn them into something they won’t be able to substain.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    These guys have a different style from One Direction. I like these guys a lot better, even if they are douchey. 

    “He adds: “If we win, that’s sick. Then we’ll get to do our own thing.”

    *DIES LAUGHING* *MAKES MORE POPCORN*”

    LOLOL. So true.

    One thing I like about Idol, seemingly less manipulation. At least, artificially, they’re probably the same, but X Factor has Simon and that just makes it more smarmy to me.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    “You can’t say shit. How do you say that to Simon? He’s like, the most powerful freaking man ever. He’s like a trillionaire.”

    Well, if that wasn’t the most Shakespearean take on words in the history of the multiverse.

  • Axxxel

    Do you remember P2 initial reluctant reaction on his coronation song ? that it did not fully represent what kind of music he will make in the future as an artist … or something like that ?

  • usedtobelucy

    ‘I think Simon is pretty much guaranteed to sign them. Then what? Can
    they be original or will he turn them into One Direction 2.0? Now that
    would make them unhappy! ‘

    On the bright side, they’ll get to date Taylor Swift …

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Awww…I feel sorry for these guys. They won’t even see it coming. :(

  • http://www.randrambles.com Rand

    Wouldn’t be a surprise to see them go home this week. I could not care any less.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Oh God Taylor Swift should just stop dating because when she breaks up she makes a new album.

    …What will her Emblem 3 breakup song be?

    And also, yeah, I feel kinda bad for these guys. They are in for a rude awakening. Would’ve been better off not auditioning and keeping music a hobby. 

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Geez, Cowell, could you be any more transparent?

    Idol lets singers “rebel” in the video packages, so XFUSA is gonna let ‘em rebel EVEN BIGGER, in THR. And let’s paint Cowell as EVEN BIGGER than Jimmy Iovine, so Emblem 3 are way more daring!

    Then Emblem 3 performs an original song for their unplugged performance tonight. Cowell nods approvingly, praises ‘em, and OMG!authentic. This may or may not last into, say, next week, but it’s good TV tonight. (It’s also actually what E3 needs to do to have any tiny shot of being taken seriously for their own work, so rare convergence of XFUSA’s incentives with the musicians’ incentives.)

    If Cowell can combine it with a situation that sets up Tate Stevens as doing something perceived as inauthentic in order to advance, he’s got a good little set up.

  • Mateja Praznik

    I don’t think the plan is to turn them into One Direction 2.0. If Syco signs them, Simon won’t be involved with the production of their original music. 

    One Direction were lucky because Savan Kotecha (co-writer of a good part of their material) worked with them during the show as a vocal producer, so he knew exactly what kind of songs they needed. I don’t know who is vocal producer on XF USA now. Claude Kelly?

    Simon is a businessman, he knows that they will have to differentiate Emblem3 from 1D. He probably thinks there is no need to do that now, at least not completely.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol I will die laughing if your scenario comes true, Eilonwy! I could easily see it happening.

    “If Cowell can combine it with a situation that sets up Tate Stevens as doing something perceived as inauthentic in order to advance, he’s got a good little set up.”

    Maybe, LA can assign “Call Me Maybe” to Tate? lol

  • Axxxel

    yeah, let’s feel bad for the “bad boys”…. where is the popcorn ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    Essentially they’re saying the same thing Lyric, Beatrice, Vino, and Arin have said basically they’re told what to sing and what to do all the damn time. Is anybody truly okay with what they’re doing on the show, probably Carly.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I haven’t been watching the show at all. But I feel sorry for all these contestants going into it so blindly. They’re going to get a very rude awakening.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     I hope you’re right.  I hope they get to sing an original song AND play their instruments.  I thought “Sunset Blvd” was fantastic.  More stuff like that please.

  • Trina

    I think these guys are a bunch of douchebags but I still sort of feel bad for anyone who goes on to these shows and are backed into a corner.

    And Simon “the most freaking powerful man ever”? Bullsh!t!!! Jimmy Iovine is way more powerful and yet that didn’t stop 3 Idol S10 contestants from giving him a giant eff you! And now all 3 are doing just fine doing exactly what they always wanted to do.

    I have zero respect for any of these kids who give a “giant eff you” to these record execs who could make or break them, and not everyone is so lucky to be able to walk away and be able to carve out a decent career. And I’m sure if you asked the E3 guys who’s career they rather have, a James Durbin or a One Direction level career they would pick the latter..hence why they sound frustrated. When 5 million dollars and the potential for lots of fame is on the line I’d be doing a lot of soul searching too.

  • irockhard

    LOL, I think it’s entirely possible that this entire thing is a setup. Pity that Cowell painted Emblem3 as terrified wusses. Scotty, Casey A & James came off much cooler by not being portrayed as intimidated by Jimmy.

  • Incipit

     that didn’t stop 3 Idol S10 contestants from giving him a giant eff you! 

    irockhard, I think that’s overstating the case just a tad. OK, more than a tad. They said “no” to something Jimmy wanted them to do.  And it took them each a minute into the show to even realize that they could/should. I didn’t see where any of them were disrespectful or rude about it, let alone sank to the level of “eff you”, even figuratively. 

    That wasn’t even necessary. “No” did the job. 

    IMO. Of Course.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    You know.  I don’t really get the “douchebag” moniker.  Are they angels?  No  But they’re not assholes.  Maybe it’s because I live in LA.  They’re pretty bog standard California surfer boys. 

    ETA: Maybe to they typical “middle america” older viewer that means “douchebag”.

  • irockhard

    Figure of speech, sorry it was lost on you.

  • irockhard

    LOL they’re not going to get a 1D career from Simon no matter how much they sell out because the ratings are so poor. In fact they’ll be lucky if they get a James Durbin career as he outsold every XFUS1 alum. And unless you haven’t noticed these “record execs who could make or break them” DO NOT get it right all the time. So far Jimmy’s had a hit with PP but that doesn’t change the fact Pia and Haley flopped hard. At the end of the day any artist, no matter how big or small, will tell you that their career is in their own hands.

  • Incipit

    Not to worry, irockhard…it wasn’t lost – I found it just fine. *wink* I just disagreed with the accuracy of it. NBD.

    There’s a lot of different figures of speech, that one felt like maybe Randy’s hyperbolic habits were catching – and that’s how a mythos gets built around a season that gets repeated until it becomes canon. In My Opinion, Of Course.

  • Reflects On Life

    ITA with this being a setup.  Why would Simon or XFUS allow these guys to speak so candidly to the media otherwise?

    IMO There are 3 major persona stereotypes in the music world
    1) serious/credible musician (personality is not part of the brand, music speaks for itself)
    2) smiling/pandering/safe/likeable (like 1D)
    3) rebel-artist (or its cousin, rebel-without-a-clue) (like much of the punk and rock world)

    By allowing E3 to speak out against their very-powerful mentor to the media, Simon is setting the stage for E3′s public image to be rebellious and “intriguing” rather than safe & likeable. Unlike 1D, most of the recent boy-bands have a little bit of bada$$ ‘tude (The Wanted, JLS), so Simon would not be off the mark to paint E3s brand in that direction.

    FWIW I like (not love) E3 and think their douchiness is more in their presentation than in their delivery or their music.  It’s mostly the Spicolli dude who conveys douchiness, not the brothers so much.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I agree with this! Totally agree! The guys NEED to fight for their song choices! I would buy an album of their originals right now. 

  • Montavilla

    Adds Drew, “It’s so far away from our style… We’re the opposite of One Direction. It makes me feel like I’m selling myself. I’m not being real.”

    Last week, they sang “I’m a Believer.”  The ship has already sailed.

  • idolbeat

    I bet they sing Indigo – an original, with instruments!

  • mason williams

    james durbin career vs one direction career

    let’s just say that if it was me i’d

    rather be ”higher than heaven” than just ”one thing”

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     OMG.  Drew DOES look like Spicolli from “Fast Times”.  I wonder if he’s related to Sean Penn somehow.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I know! Who do these guys think that they are kidding with this talk of not “being real”. lmao!

  • CB40

    I am SO glad I stopped watching this show.

  • Kristie

    Look at everyone who hasn’t spoken up (Vino) and those who did but it was too little, too late (Paige). Calling these guys douchebags and assholes for speaking their minds about the situation is mind boggling to me. They HAVE talked to Simon, but were told that original songs were riskier than screwing up a song that is well-known. They understand that it’s the rules of the competition and they have to do what they have to do. But they really aren’t staying true to themselves right now. Listen to their originals on YouTube (Tequila Sunrise, Curious, Reason…) and you’ll see what I mean.

    I feel bad for them. I feel bad for most of the contestants on the show. And they’re asked this same question during interview after interview. Every interviewer mentions Demi’s comments from last week. I’d rather them be honest but civil about it than to be all like “no we love our songs it’s what we want to do we’re so happy!” Then they’d be called out later on sometime for being fake.

    Again, I don’t blame them for being unhappy or for telling the truth. Hopefully tonight with the unplugged song (I hear they’re playing their guitars), even if it is a cover, things will start looking brighter. The same goes for everyone else. They SHOULD be able to have more input but that’s not the way the show works, unfortunately.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     I agree.  Others speak up/complain they get sympathy. Emblem 3 does the same and they get called douchebags.

  • kcostell

    Phillip spent his entire run on Idol showing us the sort of music he was going to make. More than any Idol contestant I can remember, I knew what his album was going to sound like before it came out.

    Some people thought his “Philifying” every single melody he sang was too much, but I think it was a good move for him in the long run. I don’t think he could have pulled it off on The X-factor or The Voice where the contestants have so much less freedom.

  • girlygirltoo

    Honestly, I’m tired of the whining from all the contestants. I understand the dilemma, and I do hate the way XF pretty much manipulates every little thing about these performances, but in the end, it is still up to the contestants to fight for what they want. If they are just going to go along with anything TPTB and/or the mentors ask them to just so they can continue to advance in the competition, then I have little sympathy for them.

    If they really want to show who they are as artists, then go tell TPTB and the mentors that and fight for that chance, and keep fighting. They might be surprised what would happen if they were actually willing to stick to their guns and not give in at the first sign of resistance.

    Several Idols have won these type of fights. Chris Rene was allowed to perform Young Homie 8 zillion times on XF last season. It’s not like Simon and/or TPTB have never let anyone do this stuff. Yes, it takes guts to stand up to them knowing that they could turn around and throw you under the bus for not doing what they want, but if you really want to show what kind of artist you are, shouldn’t it be worth that risk?

  • girlygirltoo

    It’s not the rules, though. Chris Rene was allowed to do original songs last year. So was Astro. There’s a difference between it being a risk to do one of their own songs, and it being against the rules.

  • WestiesRule

    I think we are going to need a vat of popcorn to get through this wreck of a show. I don’t like what Simon has done with them. I have no idea who they are, what type of music they represent, etc. I still miss Lyric145. I’m not sure why everyone dislikes them and calls them douches. It’s pretty harsh. But i watch being the voyeur that I am….

  • Nedsdag

    I do not think they are d-bags either. I have not heard any stories of arrests, drug abuse, or domestic violence (hopefully not yet) regarding them for me to call them that name. I just wish they would curb their over enthusiasm. Dudes, please calm down during the judge’s commentaries. The brown nosing last week was embarrassing.

    Also, Drew, please keep your shirt on. We get it. You work out.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Well, both Astro and Chris has LA Reid as a mentor.  And both were in genres LA had extensive and very successful experience in.  They probably didn’t have to fight to hard because LA “got” them.

    Simon doesn’t quite get Emblem 3 (even if he sees potential).  And he understood an act like Lyric 145 even less (again he did see their potential).

    Standing up for yourself is easier said and done and probably varies widely dependent on their personal situations.

    Was someone like P2 incredibly brave or just extraordinarily stubborn and naive and got lucky it all worked out for him?  Personally, I’m going with the latter. Because he sure as hell changed his tune post show (eventually) and became MUCH more flexible when it came to his album. Someone (s) clearly gave him the “come to Jesus” talk.

  • mjsbigblog

    The douchebag moniker is nothing new, it really has nothing to do with them  bitching about their song choices.  Also, interviews like this one.

    http://youtu.be/KxqN2xU3Ekg

    Aren’t going to help change the d-bag perception.  Honestly, I don’t think they are colluding with Simon on this situation. I don’t think any of them are bright enough.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No, the Emblem3 guys aren’t criminals (at least nothing’s been revealed yet), but they are incredibly obnoxious. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Calling these guys douchebags and assholes for speaking their minds about the situation is mind boggling to me.”

    Oh, I don’t think that these guys are “douchebags for speaking their minds about the situation”. I’ve thought that they are douchebags for a long time before that. lol

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Saw it.  I see a bunch of rambunctious surfer dudes who haven’t been properly media trained yet.  I think they’re good kids and extremely talented.

    There seems to be unspoken talent show competition rules that you must handle yourself like a beauty pageant contestant (all fake sacharine sweetness and humbleness) or be forever deemed cocky, bitchy, “douchebags” etc…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    GIMME A HUGE F… BREAK! This new Emblem3 that’s willing to fight the system and their own mentor, being true to themselves, independent artists has SIMON COWELL written all over it. Ugh

  • Kristie

    Exactly how I feel. And if they didn’t speak up or if they pretended that everything was perfect and happy and jolly, you know there would be people calling them out for being fake. There really is no win-win scenario when it comes to this stuff.

  • Axxxel

    Totally agree with Adam Lambert being “slick” during his Idol run…Always to manage to avoid being “un-liked” during interviews or judges’ comments… just smiling when his performance was called by Simon Cowell ”absolute rubbish”…

    I wonder how Adam would have behaved if he would have entered the singing competition at the age of the Emblem 3 kids…maybe he would have been worse or just freeze… 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Well, to be fair, as tired as I am about the complaining myself, Beatrice and Lyric 145 had cussed and fussed to their mentors about song choices, but TPTB just wouldn’t budge by even a little bit. At least Jimmy I. seems to give the Idol contestants some leeway. On X-factor, it’s Simon’s way or the bottom 2/3 for you.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    “I wonder how Adam would have behaved if he would have entered the singing competition at the age of the Emblem 3 kids.”

    He most likely would have been terrified and did exactly as he was told.

  • elliegrll

    Idol contestants go through a lot of coaching about the correct way to act in front of the cameras.  I think it was a few contestants from season nine or ten, who revealed that producers stayed on them about being humble, and told them that Daughtry was eliminated because he wore sunglasses during one performance, which supposedly upset some viewers.  

    It was clear from the first live episodes that a lot of this year’s X Factor contestants let the machinations of the show get to them.  I’ve always thought that all of the coaching that goes on behind the scenes of AI has prepared the contestants for the fact that AI is just a show, and the main focus will always be on ratings, and not putting the contestants in the best position to achieve their goals.  I think that most contestants understand that, which is why we don’t often hear a lot of whining when songs are changed at the last minute, or even in the early days, when Simon would yell at someone for having their pick of 1000′s of songs and picking a bad one, even though both he and the contestants knew that that wasn’t true.

  • mjsbigblog

    Yes, insulting the majority of your fan base by calling them unworthy and silly is pretty naive or stupid. Get these lads media training stat. lol.  

    Let’s hope lots of men–who understand music, unlike us silly women who only vote for an act because they’re cute–vote them into the finals.I have no idea what these kids are like in real life, and will never know, so I don’t really care.  But the reality is, if they expect viewers to vote for them, not slagging them off to the press might be priority number 1 at this point. lol

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Yes, insulting the majority of your fan base by calling them unworthy and silly is pretty naive or stupid. Get these lads media training stat.

    That, right there, may be your key evidence that E3 aren’t bright enough to execute a good conspiracy theory with Cowell after all.

    *sigh* Being manipulated in the OMG!authenticity narrative would have been more fun than watching a trainwreck unfold simply because Cowell believes he’s always right and E3 lack basic tact.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     ”Let’s hope lots of men–who understand music, unlike us silly women who
    only vote for an act because they’re cute–vote them into the finals.”

    Let’s be real, being a “cutey” is one of the main reasons a lot of the male acts get through week by week (ESPECIALLY on Idol).  Not the ONLY reason, mind you, but one of the reasons some fans vote hundreds of times a week.  The next reason is likability/relatability  A distant 3rd is respect for their talent.

    Because, quite frankly, MOST people who take their music seriously (aka “music snobs”) don’t take these talent competitions seriously.

    That’s just the nature of the beast.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    “Yes, insulting the majority of your fan base by calling them unworthy and silly is pretty naive or stupid. Get these lads media training stat.”

    Where did they say that?

  • Axxxel

    Emblem 3′s comments about the girls only voting for them because they think they are cute… I think Emblem3 could have said something like… It is flattering, I don’t really see myself as being cute or handsome… I hope that besides the looks, the girls will love our music as well…

  • Axxxel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxqN2xU3Ekg&feature=youtu.be

    And there is some”Emblem 3 bashing” about this video going on in another MJ thread:  http://www.mjsbigblog.com/idol-headlines-for-12512-the-evening-edition.htm

  • mjsbigblog

    Because, quite frankly, MOST people who take their music seriously (aka “music snobs”) don’t take these talent competitions seriously.

    I could namecheck a slew of respected music writers who watch and respect the talent that comes off American Idol.
    Personally, I don’t vote for contestants based on their looks or personality, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone on that.

    But the bottom line for me is that I really despise the anti-woman stereotyping, even if there is an element of truth to it. Emblem3 WILL be eliminated without those annoying girls they so carelessly slagged off, so they might want to keep a lid on it.

     Also their comments weren’t just about singing competitions, but music in general.  I’m a woman, and I take my musical fandom seriously. Their remarks were naive and childish. 

    But then again, they are just kids. Hopefully they will mature in a few years.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Yes, insulting the majority of your fan base by calling them unworthy and silly is pretty naive or stupid. Get these lads media training stat. lol. 

    I can’t find this quote in the transcript above. Where did they say this?  

  • Axxxel

    it is not in the transcript but in the video which is featured in the same article which is the source of the transcript… I am not really following the whole story, but after I saw the video, I was surprised…

    I mean, maybe some member(s) of Emblem 3 feel a bit awkward with that sort of fan attention, but why should they comment about it in such an unpleasant way… I mean, why so unpleasant to one of the sort of fan attention that will generate votes for them and keep them in the competition …

  • justmefornow

    I think the big “F YOU” was much more than actually saying just “NO” to Jimmy on song choices.

    That week Jimmy and Will i am were kinda of making fun of Casey and his song choice which along with Casey’s health problems, caused him to have a break down. James went back in and basically called them both bullies and called them out on their douche bag behavior. (I guess all the bullying James got as a kid hit a nerve there.)

    This incident was only revealed later in an interview with James and confirmed in another interview with Casey when Casey was asked who his hero was and he said James Durbin.

  • Incipit

    justmefornow, I didn’t see this incident on AI, and it wasn’t referenced in the original post (or I would have researched it) – which only talked about “3 Idol S10 contestants” with no particulars, but my point remains the same.

    Maybe more so – since it sounds like James was acting like the adult Professional there – and the two mentors were the childish ones – so I still wouldn’t reduce his reaction or actions to a Juvenile “Eff You”, when it was so much more layered, Adult, even principled, than that.

    Meanwhile, the childish, bullying, brattish behavior continues to be a factor on the XFactor – and not from the majority of their contestants either. IMO.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XY62PETGTXO3FFQXX45UKQ2O7M Steph

    Simon is really out of his mind if he thinks that he can turn E3 into the next 1D.

    1D can sing, are likeable, are oozing with charisma and look like male
    models. They are pure vibe plus they have Harry Styles and Zayn f*cking
    Malik.

    E3 may have more musicality but who cares? Takes more than that to be successful. They just don’t have 1D’s spark.

    They also don’t have Larry Stylinson. ;-)