‘X Factor’ Contender Jillian Jensen on Being the Bullied Girl: ‘I Don’t Want It to Create Who I Am’

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Before breaking through to the Judges’ Homes round, contender Jillian Jensen made an emotional entrance during FOX’s The X Factor auditions. She not only shared her painful experience of being bullied during high school, but she poured those emotions into her performance.

It absolutely ingratiated her with new judge Demi Lovato – a bullying victim herself – and with the show’s viewers.

“I think the main thing I really got out of my initial audition was the connection with Demi,” Jensen tells Celebuzz. “It gave me a lot of strength that I didn’t know I had. It increased my confidence unbelievably.”

“And I think it definitely made a huge impact on a lot of people’s lives,” she continues. “I mean, I got a phone call that night at 4 o’clock in the morning from a guy saying he wanted to take his life earlier that day and after watching my audition changed his mind. And I’ve been getting emails like that. It’s unbelievable. It’s absolutely unbelievable.”

But at the same time, Jensen tells us that she has experienced a backlash from some viewers. “I’m not blind to it,” the 20-year-old who has performed with Kelly Clarkson and former The X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, says.

“There are a lot of people that said that I only got to wherever because of my story,” she continues. “That is something that I would like to be able to get past, because I don’t believe it to be true.”

“So I think it’s something that I am always continue to be an advocate for… But, I don’t want it to create who I am,” she also says.

The oldest of three children, Jensen has trained on piano and guitar since she was 12-years-old and she’s been writing songs since she was eight-years-old. So in addition to working with several star recording artists, Jensen makes a living teaching piano, guitar and music composition.

“It started out with helping out and I started getting donations. And then I was like, ‘Oh, well, I am spending a lot of time doing this I should probably just start charging.’ It just kind of happened,” she explains.

Jensen couldn’t confirm reports that she didn’t make it to the live rounds of the talent competition, but tells us, “This experience has given me everything that I need to go on and be the best that I can be regardless of any outcomes, any circumstance,” she says.

“I think what the show gave me that no one else could give me before is you can’t buy the kind of publicity that you gain from a show like this,” the Boston resident then adds. “It’s given me the exposure that I think I needed to be myself and to be able to continue a career out of myself.”

FOX re-airs the Judges’ Homes conclusion of The X Factor in its entirety on Tuesday at 9:30 PM.

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