Simon And Jay Speak Openly About Elimination
THE X FACTOR UK JUDGE SIMON COWELL AND JAY JAMES SIT DOWN WITH AXS TV TO DISCUSS THE FAN-FAVORITE STAR’S SURPRISING ELIMINATION ON MONDAY NIGHT[youtubeif UdgJKMwFRno]
One week after singer Paul Akister’s controversial elimination, X Factor UK enthusiasts were dealt yet another surprising blow when fan-favorite Jay James was sent home on Monday night, following a sing-off with fellow crooner Stevi Richie. James is the first of Simon Cowell’s four artists to be voted out of the competition. In a recent interview,Cowell and James sat down with AXS TV to discuss the results, as well as James’ potential for future success.
Never one to shy away from dishing out heavy criticism when he sees fit, Cowell was extremely encouraging when asked about James’ post-X Factor path going forward. “Inever offer any guarantees, but I say, ‘Take this time, go to the studio, start writing some songs, and putting down some demos.’ Obviously, we’re going to be interested. That’s what happened with Ella Henderson… she kind of used that pain in a way to make herself more determined because she still kept believing in her talent.”[youtubeif SIEX5jQkfRM]
Cowell sees a similar opportunity for James now, to take full advantage of the exposure that the show offers, saying, “When you get a chance to perform in front millions of people you’ve got a head start. People at least know who you are. They’re interested in you. Then, it’s down to what they can deliver themselves. I see good things ahead for [James]. The most important thing is it is a platform, and there is something you can take away from this. That’s a fantastic boost of confidence of someone like Jay.”
Like fellow judge Louis Walsh, Cowell prides himself on forming real, personal connections with his contestants. When they fall, he takes it personally: “You get emotionally drained doing this show, you want the contestants to do well. You feel like you’ve let them down when they’re out. I always replay back in mind what could I havedone better. But, when you’ve got so few contestants left, it’s hard.”
For his part, James is, understandably, disappointed with the outcome, but grateful for the opportunity: “I feel really good. I feel sad, but I feel proud of myself for doing it… I’ve put everything into this competition and I’m really proud about that. I’m gutted, obviously, but I think everything happens for a reason and I’ve had an incredible experience.”
Reflecting on his journey and what lies ahead, James says, “A few months ago, I was at home with my wife, thinking, ‘What am I going to do? How am I going to do this?’ Now, I’ve been put on a show, in front of millions of people, and… I’ve had some amazing experiences. For a period of three months next year, I’m going to be able to go and meet all the people that supported me, gave me such love, and, more importantly, [made it possible] for me to provide for my family.”[youtubeif cbAEwtQa8ME]
Be sure to tune in to AXS TV for even more unforgettable performances, dramatic eliminations, and all-star guest appearances, as THE X FACTOR UK returns with two all-new episodes this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the results show on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.