Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio’s controversial decisions are hurting the ratings of The X Factor. Many viewers who were unhappy with Demi’s decision last week to send home Ashly Williams, and said they would boycott the show unless Ashly was brought back. Some people hinted that Demi might not like black people. Then, Paulina Rubio followed this up with a very controversial move on October 9 when she at first decided to send home Tim Olstad, but heard the audience booing, so had him brought back after the break.
Paulina felt she owed an apology to Olstad, and asked him to rejoin her team. He did, but looked still kind of ticked off. She sent home Stone Martin, instead. If it’s true she screwed up by choosing to send home Tim Olstad, she compounded her mistake by sending home someone else who had thought he was safe.
Unfortunately, being a coach, mentor, or judge on The X Factor (whichever one you would like to call them) means that probably all of your decisions will be looked upon with scrutiny, and there will be at least some people who disagree with whatever decision you make.
Paulina may have been hurting her team by at first saying she’d send home Tim Olstad. Maybe it will end up helping her team by bringing him back — he’s a great singer, and I will look forward to seeing him sing on future episodes.
But, the other people Paulina had supposedly “saved” then were suddenly open to being sent home, and Paulina played with their emotions. She was stuck sending one of them home, and they were all people she had said were safe, especially by sending Tim Olstad home.
Demi Lovato on the other hand, chose Ashly Williams to be on her team, and then she put Ashley in one of the four chairs when it was Demi’s turn to choose four of her team members to remain. Demi, like the other coaches, could replace any of the team members in the chairs if they thought someone else performed better.
Demi must have felt someone else sang better, because she sent Ashly home. This was after Ashly had made it to the Four-Chair Challenge Round by giving an awesome audition, where she sang I Will Always Love You and did it justice.
Many of the people who commented on how bad it was for Demi to have sent home Ashly mentioned that Williams had given an incredible audition performance, prompting the coaches to cry, and Simon to say “This is why we brought the show to America.” Demi told Ashly then that she wanted to mentor her, which likely got Ashley’s hopes up even more.
Demi has been accused by some of the people who left me comments as not liking black girls, and one person even thought that the fix was in, and that when Simon said something about it being time for a group to win, he was giving away some sort of game plan for how the season would play out.
I don’t think that Demi is racist in the least –that’s my personal opinion — as she complimented Ashly’s audition as much as the other coaches did, if not more, and she kept Ashly when the numbers of competitors were whittled down to ten on each team. She also put Ashly in one of the four chairs, when she could have sent her home.While you might not nor agree with Demi’s decision, I doubt that she was racially motivated to make it, or that she has a racist bone in her body.
Both Demi and Paulina made a couple of decisions that might adversely affect their chances at winning with their teams. But, to whittle any team of great singers down to ten is likely to cause all of the judges to make some decisions that they’ll later regret, including Simon and Kelly.
The rating for The X Factor were hurt, whether because of the boycott or some other set of reasons. The were at their lowest ever, just a little more than 6 million viewers watching, down 12=14 percent.
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Written by: Douglas Cobb