Cover Story: X Fac­tor Judges Im­plode

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This year TV’S most pop­u­lar tal­ent show has been rocked with heartache be­fore it’s even hit our screens

Let’s face it, The X Fac­tor never comes with­out con­tro­versy. Ev­ery year Si­mon Cow­ell de­signs it to be as sala­cious and head­line grab­bing as pos­si­ble. But now, af­ter 11 years on TV screens, the latest sea­son of the show has got off to a very up­set­ting start for all of the judges on the panel. Firstly, of course, Ch­eryl Fer­nan­dezVersini has come un­der fire for her ex­tremely slim fig­ure. When she stepped onto the red car­pet for the first day of au­di­tions, she drew gasps from the wait­ing crowds and it wasn’t long be­fore her pic­ture was splashed over news­pa­pers and so­cial media, with many crit­i­cis­ing her for drop­ping so much weight.

CH­ERYL’S AN­GRY WEIGHT RANT

How­ever, feisty Ch­eryl didn’t take the weight jibes sit­ting down and al­most im­me­di­ately hit back on her In­sta­gram ac­count. The 32-year-old’s an­gry out­burst read, “I am so sick and tired of it be­ing okay to call some­body ‘too thin’ or a ‘bag of bones’. I would never dream of call­ing some­body too fat and that they should maybe cut down on their food in­take? What is the dif­fer­ence?” This di­vided public opin­ion; on the one hand peo­ple came for­ward agree­ing that she had a point and body sham­ing is wrong whether it’s against those con­sid­ered over or un­der weight. While oth­ers stated that Ch­eryl is a role model and her weight loss could send out the wrong mes­sage to her young fan­base. But Ch­eryl tried to fur­ther ex­plain her dras­tic weight loss, claim­ing that grief over the death of her hus­band, Jean-bernard’s fa­ther, was in part to blame for the change in her ap­pear­ance. She said, “You have no idea what I have been through. Just los­ing my fa­ther-in-law very re­cently and ev­ery­thing that comes with that. Not that I am or should jus­tify my­self to any­one.” Jean-bernard has also leapt to his wife of one year’s de­fence in a slew of so­cial media posts ( pic­tured right). We can only guess that he’s re­fer­ring to any­one who dares write neg­a­tively about Ch­eryl’s slen­der frame.

SI­MON OF­FERS A DIF­FER­ENT VER­SION

But whilst Ch­eryl talks about the sad­ness she’s felt af­ter los­ing her fa­ther-in-law and the im­pact that may have had on her weight, Si­mon seemed to have a dif­fer­ent story about why Ch­eryl looks thin­ner than ever these days. Dur­ing an in­ter­view with The Sun he then threw another ex­cuse into the mix, “This is not some­one who’s try­ing to make her­self thin, I think she did pick up a bug.” Ei­ther way, there’s no deny­ing that some­thing is go­ing on with Ch­eryl. She’s spo­ken in the past about suf­fer­ing from men­tal health is­sues when she was younger and so it’s no won­der peo­ple are con­cerned when she steps out look­ing so frail. A cou­ple of years ago she said, “I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to end up dy­ing with worry. I was clin­i­cally de­pressed once af­ter a bad re­la­tion­ship. We have it in the fam­ily.” She also wrote in her memoir that af­ter split­ting with Ash­ley she felt as though she was hav­ing a ner­vous break­down. But the sug­ges­tion that peo­ple are wor­ried about her weight seems to be mak­ing Ch­eryl irate, she lashed out again say­ing, “I am just tired of the ig­no­rance... at some point it’s just enough. Some peo­ple are nat­u­rally thin. My mother is all of 4’11 and six stone some­thing. And is in­cred­i­bly healthy and happy.”

PRE­VI­OUS EX­TREME DI­ETS

The ‘nat­u­rally thin’ jus­ti­fi­ca­tion may hold more weight if she hadn’t been so vo­cal in the past about her bat­tle with the pounds. Back in 2009 she con­fessed about di­et­ing hard af­ter strug­gling to fit into a pair of jeans, “I re­mem­ber be­ing in Sel­fridges and tak­ing these size 28s into the chang­ing room and not be­ing able to get them on, and then get­ting on the scales and cry­ing be­cause I was nine and a half stone. Nine and a half stone when I’m only 5ft 3in!” She con­tin­ued, “Jen­nifer Anis­ton was do­ing some­thing called the Atkins Diet at the time and I thought I’d give it a try. The record com­pany had just moved us into this ho­tel called K West and I re­mem­ber I ate the same thing from room ser­vice – chicken in cream sauce with a cou­ple of car­rots – ev­ery night, for weeks, and I just

felt hor­ri­ble. But I was on this mis­sion.” Per­haps she’s now for­got­ten that she’d talked about her weight bat­tles in the past.

RITA’S LOVE SPLIT SAD­NESS

But Ch­eryl isn’t the only X Fac­tor judge who’s been suf­fer­ing, new judge, Rita Ora is cur­rently nurs­ing a bro­ken heart. The 24-year-old is no stranger to love drama, her ac­ri­mo­nious split with Calvin Harris is now in­fa­mous af­ter she was forced to pull a lot of the mu­sic that they col­lab­o­rated on to­gether. She was also on the re­ceiv­ing end of a very public tor­rent of abuse from her ex Rob Kar­dashian, who ac­cused her of cheat­ing on him with mul­ti­ple men. And now she’s split up with her latest long-term beau, Ricky, son of fash­ion de­signer Tommy Hil­figer. Whilst pub­licly both par­ties are say­ing the split was am­i­ca­ble, Rita is said to be up­set that she’s hav­ing to deal with heart­break at the same time as start­ing one of the big­gest jobs of her ca­reer. Plus she’s al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the clas­sic X Fac­tor back­lash as ru­mours have emerged that pro­duc­ers have rigged the show so that one of Rita’s for­mer school friends makes it through the au­di­tions stage. And Rita isn’t the only new judge suf­fer­ing, ra­dio DJ Nick Grimshaw has al­ready had to face ac­cu­sa­tions that he’s not qual­i­fied to judge tal­ent as he’s not a singer, man­ager or pro­ducer. Ap­par­ently this has left him feel­ing un­der ex­treme pres­sure as so many peo­ple al­ready pre­sume he will fail in his new role.

SI­MON FOL­LOWS HIS MUM’S WISHES

How­ever, the judge deal­ing with the big­gest trauma is un­doubt­edly Si­mon Cow­ell, who lost his beloved mum in July. Si­mon and Julie, 89, were ex­tremely close and he’s al­ways been very open in years gone by about how im­por­tant she was to him and how much re­spect he had for her. So when it was an­nounced that she had sadly passed away it all seemed very sud­den, and the tributes and mes­sages of love started flood­ing in to Si­mon’s so­cial media ac­counts. Si­mon then shocked ev­ery­one by re­turn­ing to work at The X Fac­tor au­di­tions two days af­ter Julie’s pass­ing. In a re­cent chat with The Sun he ex­plained his de­ci­sion, “It sounds corny but it’s ex­actly what she would have wanted me to do as she loved what I did. When it came to work, she would say, ‘Get back and do what you en­joy’.” He also went on to di­vulge that his mum had sadly been ill for nine months but he’d kept the news bot­tled up in­side, “I did not want to bur­den any­one else with my prob­lem. That’s why I never talked about it. In a way that was the hard­est part be­cause it was al­ways on my mind. But look, I ex­pe­ri­enced it with my dad and the only thing I can say is that I have in­cred­i­ble mem­o­ries.” Poor Si­mon has un­der­stand­ably strug­gled to get back into the swing of things at work but has cred­ited his girl­friend Lau­ren and his son Eric with help­ing him to deal with his loss. With all of the pain and sad­ness that mired the start of this sea­son’s show, we have to won­der how the judges are go­ing to cope as we get closer to the day it lands back on our screens.

Si­mon with his beloved mum Julie who sadly passed away a few weeks ago Nick is ac­cused of not be­ing qual­i­fiedto be a judge

Rita with her now ex-boyfriend Ricky Hil­figer There’s no deny­ing that Ch­eryl’s ap­pear­ance is very dif­fer­ent now

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