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'The X Factor' Judges Fight Over Contestant Tiah Tolliver

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 29th 2011 6:15AM
'The X Factor'As his fellow Brits would say, it was "handbags" time on 'The X Factor' last night as Simon Cowell lost his temper with his fellow judges.

Teenage singer Tiah Tolliver split the judging panel straight down the middle, with Cowell -- "I'm saying 'yes' a hundred percent" -- and L.A. Reid voting to put her through to the next round, and the female judges voting to send her home.

When Nicole Scherzinger said "I'll have to pass," the crowd started booing, and an irritated Cowell exclaimed "Oh, for god's sake!"

Paula Abdul's decision to say no was greeted with Cowell hurling a piece of paper to the floor and turning away in disgust.

In Abdul's opinion, Tiah just didn't have the singing chops to go through to the next round. When she pointed out that Tiah's lack of control made her incapable of holding a key, Cowell said Abdul must be deaf if she couldn't hear the potential.

In an attempt to sway the judges, Tiah then belted out an a capella rendition of 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If You Ain't Got the Swing),' which largely left the female judges cold, but had Cowell begging them to send her through.

Scherzinger seemed really uncomfortable voting against the crowd so had a last-ditch change of heart, voting in favor of Tiah. But she did have one caveat: "I see the steel in your eyes, but I need you to work on your vocals."

Check out AOL TV's take on the 'Top Five Memorable Performances' last night.

'The X Factor' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8PM ET on Fox.

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Check out Josh Krajcik on YouTube.com singing his own song "Shut Your Mouth" and you'll be convinced he's about to be a huge star. Really great to find an American artist of this caliber hidden amongst us. An amazing talent.

October 13 2011 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

X Factor auditions are UNwatchable...i'll check back in a month or so..... once the Train wrecks are long gone !!!!!!!

September 29 2011 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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