Before The X Factor‘s live shows started, mentor Demi Lovato said she was rooting for Jennel Garcia, a contestant in her Young Adults group, to win the $5 million recording contract. But after Jennel’s shocking elimination on Thursday, she’s blaming Demi for her departure.
“The makeup; the hair; the heels; that wasn’t necessarily me and I was letting Demi do what she wanted, and I was going to listen to her no matter what because she’s my mentor and I trust her,” Jennel tells Hollywood Life.
This is Demi’s first season as a mentor, so she’s going to have a learning curve and she’s going to make some mistakes and have some struggles. That said, Jennel’s makeover wasn’t terribleÂ—and it certainly wasn’t as drastic as CeCe Frey’sÂ—but if she wasn’t comfortable with it, maybe Demi could have changed up the wardrobe or makeup a bit (although Jennel should also realize that in the entertainment industry, sometimes an image is forced on you and you really don’t have a choice if you want to have a career). But even though Jennel disliked her makeover, she hated the song she was made to sing for “Divas Week”Â—and she believes that’s the reason she was voted off.
“I really put up a fight about singing ‘Proud Mary’ because the other song we were working on was ‘You Oughta Know’ by Alanis Morissette, which is way more me than ‘Proud Mary,’ but everyone disagreed and said ‘Proud Mary’ was the one. Clearly it was not, so I was right. I should’ve stuck up for myself more. I should have given them a piece of my mind, much more than I did, but I didn’t because I wanted to be good and cooperative,” she says.
It’s too bad Jennel wasn’t allowed to sing “You Oughta Know,” because she probably would have rocked it. She did an okay job with “Proud Mary,” but it wasn’t as good as she has been in the past. But even her okay “Proud Mary” was better than CeCe’s awful “All By Myself” and Arin Ray’s boring “Crazy For You.” Not to mention that Jennel is a much better reality show contestant than CeCe because she’s actually likeable and has a more unique sound. But the combination of bad song choice and going first on Wednesday is probably what did her in.
But despite the X Factor setback, Jennel says it’s “time for me to show the world who I really am” and plans to continue trying to make it as a singer.
“My voice is going to be heard. I’m going to fight for what I’ve worked for my whole life,” she tells the website.
Hopefully Jennel lands a recording contract and is able to record material that plays to her strengths, because she does have a great voice and is charming and entertaining. And hopefully her honesty/bitterness after getting eliminated doesn’t turn off any labels that might be interested in her!
What do you think? Is Demi Lovato to blame for Jennel Garcia’s X Factor elimination? Is this just sour grapes? Sound off in the comments!