When the Jillian Jensen X Factor audition aired, it brought a lot of people to tears. Jillian told a story about how she was bullied through middle school and high school, earning wet eyes from the entire panel and a ton of the audience. Then when she actually began to sing, she blew everyone away: She cried and sang at the same time. Most of us can barely even speak clearly when we’re sobbing, but she managed to belt. We gave major props to Jillian Jensen for that!
And so did the judges’ panel, with unanimous praise from Demi Lovato, who gave her a hug and a pep talk, Britney Spears, L.A. Reid, and Simon Cowell, who Demz even pointed out was weepy at Jillian’s story. Watch the whole she-bang right here:
Here’s the thing, though: Criticism and bullying are two really different things, and that’s something that Demi Lovato actually pointed out in a new interview.
We totally agree with Demi on this one. Criticism is something that people, especially performers on shows like X Factor, American Idol, and The Voice actively seek out–even when they don’t necessarily like what they hear. When you audition for a show like this, you know what you’re getting into, and usually, the judges (save occasionally for Simon!) are polite, if direct, with their advice and perspectives. At the end of the day, even when criticism is negative on the surface, it’s still helpful, because it forces you to look at something differently and reassess–which will ultimately help you improve.
Bullying, however, is unwarranted and unduly cruel, and it benefits absolutely no one. No one asks to be bullied, and nothing good comes out of being bullied or bullying anyone else. Even Simon knows when to give it a rest!
Think of it this way: Criticism would be Demi or Simon telling someone at an X Factor audition, “You need to work on your pitch,” whereas bullying would be Simon and Demi going up to someone on the street humming along to their iPod and being like, “You’re a douchebag and that is the worst thing I’ve ever heard. Also, your mom is fat.” See the difference here?
Do you think Demi Lovato and the X Factor judges bully contestants? Were you impressed by the Jillian Jensen X Factor audition? Would you ever audition for X Factor? Tell us in the comments!