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'X Factor' Contestant Stacy Francis Battles on After the Death of Her Father

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 6th 2011 7:15AM
Stacy FrancisSingle mother Stacy Francis blew 'The X Factor' judges away with her audition last month.

Proving that it's never too late to make your dreams come true the 42-year old Francis seemed on her way to the top. Her stunning performance of Carole King's 'Natural Woman' won her a standing ovation and saw her safely through to the "bootcamp" round of the competition.

However, just two weeks ago, the Brooklyn native received the devastating news that her father had died. TMZ reports that Francis strongly considered quitting the show to be with her family but ultimately decided to stay because that's what her father would have wanted.

On the premiere episode Francis choked back tears as she told the judges about how she'd survived an abusive relationship and years of crippling self-doubt. She added that "I've been told I was too old ever since I was 30."

So, how did she do in the bootcamp round? Last night Francis again faced potential elimination as she failed to impress the judges with her solo performance. Reverting to to his bad cop role, judge Simon Cowell told her that she was over the top and had to tone it down. "I think with you, a little less is more. Your choice."

Luckily for Francis she was able to tone it down somewhat the next day when she took to the stage for the group performances. Saying "This has been a fight for my life since my first audition," Francis performed U2's 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' with a strong group including early favorite Jazzlyn Little, Arin Ray and Melanie Amaro.

Francis managed to rein-in her most O.T.T. excesses, and judge L.A. Reid told the group that he like their teamwork.

Watch Stacy's impressive audition:

Do you think Stacy Francis has what it takes to go all the way and win 'The X Factor'?

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

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Audrey McGill Rice C

I think they ought to make Stacy leave, it is for ones that has not been important and she has lied. I was rooting for her but I take all mine back because of her deceiving people.

November 02 2011 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did you know this young lady use to fron the r and b group ex-girlfriend? They were produced by full force. She has been busy busting her chops for several decades. Keep striving, Stacy.

October 14 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you judges for giving Stacey Francis another chance, God will bless all of you for at least giving her another try in light of her trgeday. May her fatgher rest in peace and be proud of his daughter...she did what he would hav e wanted her to do...perform for his memory...God Bless Stacey...

October 07 2011 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People have been singing their way through their struggles for years and years. It's a coping skill. Remember the slaves? it's real and from the heart and believable. Look at Mary J Blige! Music with substance.

October 07 2011 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Stacy, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. You are wonderful girl. Hang in there, keep the faith and do the best you can. You're going to go far. "you go girl"

October 06 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

CAROLE KING , REALLY,CAROLE KING made natural woman?

October 06 2011 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am really enjoying THE X FACTOR !! I especially appreciate the objectivity you judges are showimg toward the candidates!! Especially you, Simon, who is much less harsh in your evaluations of performance specifically.! Your compassion for, and encouragement of some whom you see potential that is not apparent to a fellow judge is truly commendable! Keep up the humaneness! It becomes you!!
MARVA ALLEN; Fishers, Ind.

October 06 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wow we heard a lot of stories....but i cant believe that there are so many mean people out there....she is telling her story because it's relevant....everyone goes through tough times in there lives but its how we react to them to how well we do in life. i think she is just letting people know where she is coming from maybe to help the next struggling person out there to let them know that you too can still dream and maybe with some work make your dream still happen. stop being so critical of her life, she is trying through her struggles unlike so many who stop living at all and fall to the waist side to become nothing and look back on a life of regrets. her story should if anything give life to the lifeless and hope to the hopeless....she is only one of many who is struggling but REALLY how many are REALLY trying???

October 06 2011 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Enough with the sob stories and drama. If we want that all we have to do is open the bedroom door and go down stairs for dinner.

October 06 2011 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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