Singer Cory Spedding – who represented the UK at Junior Eurovision 2004 – has made claims that her recent X Factor audition was set up to be a failure. In a since deleted Facebook post, the singer claims she was fast-tracked to the judges’ auditions round, only to be rejected.
In her long post, Spedding described her audition process, with the show’s producers fast-tracking her to the judges auditions round. She had attended stage school with popstress and new X Factor judge Rita Ora (they hadn’t stayed in touch) and the show’s producers seemed keen to play up this connection. The producers also convinced Cory to not audition for rival show The Voice.
After a long day waiting at the Manchester audition she finally had her turn in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. Spedding sang “Songbird” at the producers’ insistence – a song with a long instrumental break in the middle. During the instrumental the judges seemed to think she’d forgotten her words and claimed to be wary of her connection with Rita Ora. Spedding explained:
Simon basically turned around and said, “To be honest, this is awkward and I don’t feel it is fair. I couldn’t put my trust into you with this situation of you and Rita.” Even though X Factor approached ME, even though I got skipped three audition processes to be put in front of the judges and even though I was ‘convinced’ that dropping The Voice and going with them was gonna be worthwhile – they would make sure of it, as well as telling me that the Rita thing, if anything, most definitely would not go against me. Absolute SET-UP. I was set up for a fall there and then. And the song they demanded I sang – “wasn’t the right song to sing” even though I didn’t want it as my first choice but felt made to do it. Also a set-up?
Since deleting the post, the former Junior Eurovision star has kept quiet on the situation, and the X Factor producers are similarly keeping tight-lipped.
So much drama! It was all so much simpler in 2004. Thirteen-year-old Spedding won ITV’s national final to choose the UK’s Junior Eurovision song that year. Her entry “The Best is Yet to Come” went down well in Lillehammer, Norway, coming in second place – and remains the UK’s best result in a JESC or a ESC since 1998.
What do you think of Cory Spedding’s account of her X Factor audition? Was she right to be rejected? Is this a shocking revelation? Or just part of making a successful television show?