X Factor Aftermath: Jennel & Lyric On Original Song Choices, Simon Loves Needling Demi

Here are highlights from last night’s post X Factor show interviews.  Eliminated contestants, Lyric Da Queen and Jennel Garcia are grateful for the experiences they had on the show:  Via Zap2it Zap2it.

“I’m not bummed out,” says Lyric Da Queen, who entered the competition as a solo act before partnering in a group with brothers Julien and Jemelle Joseph. “I do wish we could’ve showed the world what we really could do, and do what we originally planned: original lyrics in hip-hop. But I don’t believe in coincidences, I think everything happens for a reason. Now the door is open.”

Garcia agrees that it’s best to view the elimination as a new beginning. “It’s time for me to show the world who I am,” Garcia says. “Coming into this competition I lost myself. But I was looking for a place to grow and someone to guide me. And I feel like Demi guided me.”


“I think she feels the same way I do,” Garcia says of Lovato. “It’s a little bit frustrating when you know what goes on behind the scenes, and I know she’s really upset over it. I’m just glad that she believed in me so much.”

Oh to be a fly on the wall.

And both acts were persuaded into performing songs they weren’t entirely comfortable with on the top 12 performance show. Garcia preferred the idea of Alanis Morissette’s iconic rocker “You Oughta Know” instead of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and Lyric 145 wanted to transform Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” into a hip-hop anthem instead of performing the mashup of Katy Perry’s “E.T.” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”

If both acts had been allowed to be who they are, they would not have been eliminated.

“I’m so sick of hearing the same music on the radio,” Garcia says of her goal to bring rock music back to pop radio.

Erm. Good luck with that, Jennel

Lyric 145 are sticking together now. And Jennel wants her old look back.

But now that they’re no longer in the “X Factor” competition, they want to stay true to themselves and try to make it in the music business. All three members of Lyric 145 are planning to move to Los Angeles and record original material as a trio. While Garcia is eager to re-establish her rock look by dying her hair black again and ditching the “girly” look the show gave her in favor of something more authentically rock.

Simon Cowell enjoyed pulling Demo Lovato’s chain, even if the viewers at home did not:

“I knew I was gonna keep Paige which meant [Demi] wasn’t going to have to make a decision,” Cowell explains after the show with his trademark wicked grin. “I thought, bearing in mind they’re both your artists, I want to see which one you’re going to… destroy their career.”

“It was fun to see [Demi] squirm in that moment because she thought she was going to get out of it and I thought ‘No, you’re not.'”

But, Demi insists she would have saved Jennel in any case. I wonder how that makes Paige feel?

Lovato wasn’t amused. For the first time since the live shows began, her post-show interview time was limited to a brisk two minutes, and she only had this to say about what Cowell pulled: “I was gonna choose whoever I was gonna choose. It was interesting [Simon] wanted to do it that way but whatever.”

Lovato insists her vote to eliminate Thomas wasn’t a strategic way to avoid sending Garcia home herself, she was voting with her heart. “I genuinely think Jennel was more talented,” Lovato says. “Paige has more star quality which is gonna help her, but I think Jennel definitely didn’t deserve to go home and I couldn’t let her.”

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  • jlscott13

    To be a fly on that wall, indeed. This actually makes me HATE the show even more. WHY can’t the producers (or whomever) just let the contestants perform the songs they want?!?!?! Ugh. I’m so over it…

    Side note: I love the songs Jennel + Lyric 145 wanted to originally perform. That would have been awesome.

  • Lovesyesha

    Oh my god simon! What he said was disgusting! That border on psychopathic behavior! It was “fun to watch her squirm”? What kind of a perv says that!? I don’t know what has happened to him since idol but I am officially done with any and all shows he produces. Demi, get out of there girl, before he makes you go insane!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    That is pretty messed up of Simon to say to Demi. Especially given her past. And I hope Lyric records a album. I want one from her.

  • merkureye

    I tried to buy-in to the Jennel hype found here and on other blogs by fans. . . I really did . . . but from what I heard on my TV, her voice sounded really weak with no range.  Again she was pleasant in her lower register.  A rocker?  just no.  Many may believe that Jennel was robbed and should have gone further in the competition but, as I have been reminded many-a-time when my favorites have been eliminated on AI . . . .the voters have spoken.

    Full disclosure Paige has sounded really bad to me almost from bootcamp.  But last nights sing-off clearly goes to Paige. 

    As far as Jennel bringing rock music back to pop radio,  she’s has been drinking the XF contestant Kool-Aid.  Unfortunately for her, as an 11th place finisher on a bad talent show, its back to obscurity for her.

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

    Whichever producers screwed over Lyric 145 and Jennel need to get locked into a freezer with Simon Cowell’s FUGLY ASS CHEST HAIR. And probably kicked in the face, too.

    Demi should retaliate by having all 3 other judges pull out each of those ugly ass hairs individually.

  • sporkle

    Simon’s popularity stems from his reputation of being “mean” – but perhaps he confuses the sting of honest critique (which is entertaining, and somewhat constructive) with power-tripping and bullying (which is just uncomfortable). This kind of behavior isn’t earning him ANY favors. Ugh. 

  • bannanafish

    That was just ugly tv last night. And whenever Simon pulls his “I’m the boss and I can override the rules” card, the show loses more credibility. If a contestant is eliminated and he can just bring them back, if he insists on changing the voting order in the singoff, who is to know what other manipulations he is doing with voting results. He is not an impartial judge if he can decide to put CeCe last in the pimp spot to keep her around and always put Jennell in the first few performances. He is not impartial when he decides this week will be a double elimination because he has seen the voting results.

  • irockhard

    Glad that Lyric 145 are sticking together, they’re a good group, I hope they make it. Jennel is drunk on Kool-Aid.

  • elliegrll

    I think that Demi should have been more diplomatic, even if she is being honest and right.  It already seems like there’s a bad vibe on the set, and her statement isn’t going to make things better.

    Demi should also know that she could have refused, which would have made for better television.

  • jlscott13

    Are you seriously blaming Demi? -__-

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    This is exactly what I have been saying all along. It seems to be even more so this season and it’s really starting to turn me off the show! Does Simon think that makes for good tv???? Honestly, he was way better and in fact, in a way, kinder on Idol.
    Right now, all he cares about are his acts (acts that he can promote tho, he didn’t give 2 hoots about lyric145, did anyone notice he didn’t even get on stage to hug or wish them goodbye when they were eliminated), giving Demi a hard time and his stupid show ratings.
    X factor – you just lost a loyal fan.

  • http://twitter.com/J_SanchezFans J SanchezFan Kaylo™

     Good thing with Hip Hop is it’s all about the lyrics and good beats! If Lyric can produce good beats are good lyricists, then gaining a following outside the X-Factor wont be too hard! I’m sure they’ll do a few mix-tapes and release a few singles. maybe even get signed!

  • SapphireBlue9

    As if there was any question what this show was really all about, Simon cleared that up (hint: it’s NOT talent, big contracts, or dreams coming true)….

    -Simon Cowell enjoys pulling Demo Lovato’s chain, seeing her squirm, and manipulating her
    -Simon Cowell enjoys ticking off viewers at home
    – S C and his trademark wicked grin likes watching his co-judges choose which of her contestants she will choose to ” destroy their career”Ahh yes, talent -packed, wholesome family feel-good programming !

  • SapphireBlue9

    This headline is ironic for me “Simon Loves Needling Demi” because yesterday I was sitting around deciding if I wanted to force myself to watch Wed. night’s show on DVR  or  go do anything else but that.  So I looked online and drove 1/2 hour to donate blood to avoid watching tXF. It was so much better than listening to Britney and Khloe try to form sentences. Now I have to wait at least a month to use that excuse again.  That should be around semi-finals. Ughhhh.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Simon has been this way all along. He loved upsetting and confusing Paula, playing on Kara’s insecurities and angering Nicole. I am convinced the main reason he hated working with Ellen is because 1) she is way much smarter than him and 2) she refused to play the game.
    Simon is a bully, in every sense of the word . It makes him feel superior to belittle others. He could care less about the contestants other than that they give him a chance to grandstand and play god.
    I would say I am happy many more people are finally seeing this BUT he has been getting away with, and rewarded for, this behavior  for so long I doubt any thing will change.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Simon is a genuine sociopath. He really can get kicks from torturing people and treating the contestants like they are less than human.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I tolerated Simon in Season 2 Idol as he played mind games with Clay.  If he liked my favorite…fine.  Most of the time, he’d turn on them.  His meanness is for ratings, but I can’t help but wonder what he’s like in real life.  I was happy when he left; however, I didn’t quite enjoy the love fest with Jlo and Steven.  Hopefully, Idol gets it right this time.

    If X-Factor is cancelled, no big deal.  Smash that man’s ego!  I am really missing The Sing Off

    I will say, I do like Mario Lopez, but that Chloe can go next week.  Vote her off.

  • http://twitter.com/toastyred Sara Traynor

    I watched the second half of the results show last night and I thought it was terrible the way those two girls were treated.  Simon could clearly not give a damn about them while sitting there smirking at Demi. 
    I’ve only been watching some of the Youtube performances but from what I have seen, this show is an absolute train wreck.  I love the UK version, and although I will admit there is exploitation and manipulation going on, you still get the feeling that the judges actually care about their acts.  When they walk out they are usually holding hands, they hug their acts and actually look happy when they go through. Look at any video of Rylan carrying Nicole off stage after he progresses or Tulisa’s expression when her acts get through (see video).  On the US it seems like the contestants may as well not be there.


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

    While Garcia is eager to re-establish her rock look by dying
    her hair black again and ditching the “girly” look the show gave her in favor
    of something more authentically rock.

    Like the way Jennel showed up to auditions and Demi’s house? In short striped shorts and cute tops with beach hair? That was REAL ROCK! lol What she wants to sing and how she dressed and her personality, on and off stage, never matched up.

    Alanis Morissette’s iconic rocker “You Oughta Know” instead of Tina Turner’s
    “Proud Mary” and Lyric 145 wanted to transform Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” into
    a hip-hop anthem instead of performing the mashup of Katy Perry’s “E.T.” and
    Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”

    The Alanis song would have been just as bad as the Tina Turner song. It’s very monotone, Jennel would have still been in the bottom three without it. I would have liked to have heard what Lyric 145 could have done with Respect. It was just a matter of time with them, they were going to leave sooner than later. They were one of my favorites and they added something different to the show, but the viewers didn’t feel the same.

  • elliegrll

    I’m not blaming her for what Simon did.  But of course I hold her responsible for what she said in this interview.  She should have been more diplomatic in regards to Paige, since the atmosphere on the show is nasty enough right now, and her statement isn’t going to make things better.

  • ticktock8

    Yea I’m pretty sure whoever wrote that article was massively confused re: Jennel. The whole faux-rock makeover was Demi’s doing. The only contestant’s looks she didn’t totally destroy was Willie.

  • ellen8

    Like we’ve seen on Idol many times, America likes to vote against the judges.   Paige should gain votes next week from Demi’s dismissal of her.   

  • yclept

    I never quite understood the “The person I am voting to stay in is the person I think has the star potential”.  Where is Paige Thomas’ star potential?  I haven’t seen it.    Not that Jennel is overflowing with star potential herself, but I don’t know why anyone would say Paige had MORE potential.

    I take some of the mentoring with a grain of salt – I have little doubt that Simon has a lot of control over his category, given that it is his show, etc.  But I am not sure how much leeway Demi is really getting with her talent.  For a while, I thought her group would be the most talented – but it definitely hasn’t turned out that way.  Whether it is her fault, the fault of the producers, or ultimately the fault of the contestants themselves, I am not sure.

    The show itself is a bit of a trainwreck – and it is unfortunate because there is talent amongst them.   If they got rid of some of the glitz and just let the talent shine, it would be a much better show.  The fact that Beatrice (who I personally really like) got trashed by the judges for being a bit “boring” is what is really wrong with the show.  She took a song, stripped it down, sang it with just her raw ability instead of using crazy background crap to hide a weak vocal, like others do…and gets trashed for it.  Ugh.

  • Karen C

    I agree the songs that both Jannel and Lyric 145 wanted to sing would have been so much better than what they had to do.  When I heard Lyric say that they didn’t get to do the song they wanted, and there was a last minute change, I thought it possibly was a clearance issue, guess it wasn’t that. If this was Simon’s decision it really was the wrong one and didn’t help them at all.  Same with Demi. I think it was also interesting that they said they are losing themselves in the competition, and I think it’s the heavy handed mentoring and producer influence.