Monday 11 December 2017

‘I know how much the audience loved me’ – Axed X Factor contestant slams new bootcamp format

Lydia Lucy
Lydia Lucy
Nicole Scherzinger and the final six girls
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

AN axed contestant has slammed the X Factor’s new bootcamp format.

Lydia Lucy was dramatically axed from Nicole Scherzinger’s girls category despite already been given one of the six places in the next stage.

The judges award acts one of six chairs based on their performance – however once the chairs are full a judge must choose who to axe if they wish to add another contestant.

"If Simon Cowell was in front of me now I'd tell him to change the format back to how it was. This way is like dangling a carrot in front of someone and then taking it away", she told The Sun.

"It was one of the hardest things emotionally I have ever had to go through. It still hasn't sunk in. I've been absolutely devastated.

“It still doesn't feel real that I'm not in the show anymore. It's so hard to accept because one minute you are through and ecstatic then you have to wait - and eventually get kicked off.

"It's heart-breaking to have that taken away from you. Especially because when I left the arena there were thousands of people chanting for me to come back.

"People outside were crying, coming over, shouting from their cars, crying on the train, which was crazy. I just couldn't understand it. I know how much the audience loved me and how much they wanted me back."

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