LORDE SENDS CUPCAKES AND KIND WORDS TO X FACTOR NEW ZEALAND COMPETITOR JOE IRVINE
The Twitterverse has been roaring over the past 24 hours after X Factor New Zealand judges; Natalia Kills and husband, Willy Moon flat out BULLIED contestant, Joe Irvine. Saturday night, contestant Joe Irvine took the stage to perform his rendition of, “Cry Me A River.” Natalia and Willy were not pleased with the performance referring to Irvine as a “doppelgänger” and “laughing stock.” The cruel words continued to spew from the mouth of Natalia Kills before her husband chipped in with a Norman Bates reference. In a world where hopeful musicians from all walks of life, put everything they’ve got on the line for a chance to show the world their talent, this type of behaviour and commentary is definitely unexpected and uncalled for from the judging panel. In less than 24 hours after the show was aired, fans banded together online with a petition which garnered over 70,000 signatures urging TV3 to fire the two judges. MediaWorks chief executive, Mark Weldon, made a statement Monday saying, “Contestants put their all into this competition and they should expect to receive feedback and criticism that is professional and constructive. We no longer have confidence that Kills and Moon are the right people to perform the role of X Factor judges and they will leave the show, effective immediately.“ Two new judges are set to replace Kills and Moon next week.
Judge Melanie Blatt was clearly unhappy with the comments made from her fellow judging panel, and you could see the look of disgust written all over her face. She soon jumped to Irvine’s defense, telling him, “Do you know what, Joe? I don’t think many people have believed in you in your life. I’ll tell you right now: I believe in you. You have got what it takes. You have got a beautiful tone. Please don’t listen.”
Melanie Blatt was not the only one to offer words of kindness and support for the contestant however, New Zealand native, Lorde, also got wind of what had happened and sent her support to Joe in the form of cupcakes and a sweet, handwritten note.
“Hi Joe, Just wanted to say: Your individuality, positive energy, and spirit are infectious, I think you’re doing an awesome job on the show so far.” She continued, “I’m a performer too, and I wanted to say that no matter how many people make fun of me for how I dress, move, and act, I’m being me — and that’s what’s important,” she added. “Good luck and lots of love, Lorde.”
Joe shared with his Twitter fans a photo of the cupcakes along with a message back to Lorde, “Hey you are awsome, I love ur music and wanna meet you thank u so much for the cupcakes xo… I love them.”
As for Natalia Kills and Willy Mood, they have apparently fled the country after a storm of backlash from media outlets alike. In a world where there is so much destruction and intolerance towards one another, it is a shame that two very popular performers who have the ability to be a voice and platform for those who have been silenced by these flaws of society, would use their power to tear down and belittle another person in such a revolting and unsettling manner. Intolerance has become second nature for a lot of us, bullying is a way of life for those who feel that there is no other way to feel good about themselves unless they are putting others down. This is not okay and this is no way to live your life for any party involved. It is refreshing to see so many people reach out to Joe Irvine and turn a negative experience to an extremely positive one for him. The world is rooting for you Joe, good luck with the competition and I want everyone to remember to keep being original, to quote one of my favourite characters of all times, David Gordon from Lizzie McGuire, “YOU ROCK! DON’T EVER CHANGE!” remember that.