'X Factor' Judges Dish on 'Dreadful' Decision to Axe Diamond White
The 13-year-old phenom sang for her life against fellow teen, Arin Ray, during the live show, belting out an amazing and interesting rendition of Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word." But despite having a voice and stage presence beyond her years, she was sent home.
White's judge and mentor Britney Spears said making the tough decision was “really just dreadful.”
“I love Diamond but one had to go and we had to make that decision and it’s really tough because they’re so incredibly talented,” she told reporters after the show. “She has an amazing voice for such a young age so it was really hard to do that.”
Fellow judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid both agreed "100 percent" that Spears definitely had the hardest decision of the night.
However, he didn’t discredit Arin’s performance of "I Look To You," telling reporters, “To be fair he did well. He didn’t come out sulking or thinking he’s going to lose. It was an unlucky night for [Diamond]. She’s so good.”
Celebuzz later caught a poignant moment between the Cowell, Reid and White as she approached their table.
“I’m really sorry. I really am,” Cowell said to White. “You’re the one we should have kept.”
So how is White doing these days, post-elimination?
“I’m actually feeling pretty awesome,” she said with a smile. "I made it to the top 16 out of hundreds of thousands of people so I think that’s an awesome goal. Now that this door has closed I’m going to go on to bigger and better things. My next goal is shooting for Madison Square Garden.”
Upon telling Reid that maybe he should put her on his label, the music mogul said, “Oh you know I have some friends who just adore her. Friends in entertainment, who each week have emailed me and just raved about her.”
“She’s special. She really is,” he added.
The X Factor live shows continue next week on Wednesday and Thursday at 8 PM EST/tape delayed PST on FOX.
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