X Factor NZ judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon accused of bullying contestant

16/03/2015

Fans of X Factor NZ contestant Joe Irvine are rushing to his defence this morning, following a blistering attack on his appearance by judges Willy Moon and Natalia Kills last night.
 
The husband-and-wife duo ignored his performance entirely, instead focusing on his slick new look – which Kills said was ripped off Moon.
 
"As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted at how much you've copied my husband," she began. "From the hair to the suit, do you not have any value or respect for originality?"
 
And it only got worse from there.
 
"You're a laughing stock. It's cheesy, it's disgusting. I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious. I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence even having to dignify you with an answer of my opinion."
 
Her husband continued the attack, saying it was "cheap and absurd".
 
"It's like [Psycho character] Norman Bates dressing up in his mother's clothing. It's just a little bit creepy, and I feel like you're going to stitch someone's skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience."
 
"It's disgusting," added Kills. "You make me sick. It's absolutely disgusting. You have no identity, I can't stand it. I'm ashamed to be here."
 
Irvine smiled through the grilling, later tweeting a photo giving the thumbs-up and writing, "I survived the Kills!"
 
But viewers haven't been so gracious, taking to YouTube and social media to let Moon and Kills know what they think.
 
"Natalia and his husband sound like rich f***s who step all over people for fun," LegitYT wrote on YouTube.
 
"I just checked Wikipedia and found that her husband did, indeed, invent 'The Suit'. Surprisingly, he was also the first man to ever put product in his hair," added Dan Hildreth.
 
Former contestant Benny Tipene wrote on Twitter he was "gutted" about going back on the show that kickstarted his career, "especially with someone so heartless. F**k that feedback."
 
TV3 posted a statement on its Facebook page last night, following the episode. "Following tonight’s episode of The X Factor NZ we received a huge amount of feedback about comments made by our judges. The nature of live television can be unpredictable and we appreciate you taking the time to voice your opinion. TV3 does not condone bullying and are currently on-site with Joe who is doing well."
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