The most shocking audition EVER: Pink impersonator Zoe Alexander's violent, foul-mouthed rant as she's rejected from the X Factor
07:27 GMT, 19 August 2012
The disappointment of rejection can be hard to bear for those who have dreamed of hitting the big time through The X Factor.
But last night Pink impersonator Zoe Alexander took the rejection a little too personally, resulting in what turned out to be the most shocking audition ever to take place on The X Factor.
While the scenes were filmed earlier this year, Zoe's audition was seen for the first time on last night's premiere episode of the new series – showing the full extent of the foul-mouthed rant which saw Welsh singer Zoe arrested.
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The most shocking X Factor audition ever: Zoe Alexander's foul-mouthed rant on last night's show stunned viewers
Stunned: Angry Zoe's shocking attitude left the judges, particularly Nicole Scherzinger, aghast
Things started well for Zoe, who
looked confident and poised as she made her way onto the stage to
perform in front of the judges, Tulisa Contostavlos, Nicole Scherzinger,
Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh.
With her blonde hair shaved on one
side, and wearing a pair of stomach-baring PVC leggings with a tied
shirt and bra top, there was no question of which singer Zoe was
attempting to impersonate.
However, despite assuring the judges
that she wanted to use The X Factor as a way to establish her own
identity, Zoe then proceeded to sing a Pink song, belting out her hit
track So What to the visible disappointment of the judges and the
Kicking off: After getting four Nos from the judges, Zoe stormed off the stage, throwing her microphone in the process
Getting violent: As she exited the stage, Zoe grabbed the cameraman and knocked his camera to the floor
Sensing the performance wasn't going
too well, Barlow stopped the audition, telling Zoe she should try again
with a different song.
Zoe then attempted to perform Emeli Sande's Next To Me, but once again failed to impress.
As she awaited comments from the
judges, Zoe was told by Tulisa that she shouldn't have opted to sing a
Pink song in the first place if she was trying to step away from her
Tulisa told Zoe: 'Okay see the
problem is, you came out saying that you wanted to find your own
identity, it’s very confusing for me because I did feel like I was
watching a Pink tribute act.'
Pleading her case: Zoe was then dragged back in front of the judges by her father, who works as a Tom Jones impersonator
Not impressed: Zoe's behaviour and then her father's attempts to intervene didn't go down too well with the four judges
Less than impressed: Tulisa told Zoe and her father to stay on the stage, while host Dermot O'Leary's face said it all
However, Zoe then alleged that she had been told to sing a Pink track by the four judges – a claim Tulisa strenuously denied.
After receiving four Nos from the
judges, Zoe then decided to exert her frustration by storming off the
stage – throwing her microphone in a fit of anger in the process.
Zoe was also seen taking out her anger on a waiting cameraman – grabbing the camera and knocking it to the floor.
Get out of her way! A producer was forced to get out of Zoe's way as she made a hasty exit
Talk to the hand: Zoe stomped off the stage in a fit of anger
But as she made her way off the
stage, Zoe was met by her father – who works as a Tom Jones impersonator
- who then dragged her back in front of the judges in a bid to plead
Following a failed attempt to reason
with the panel, Zoe ended up screaming profanities at the judges, much
to the shock of the four judges.
Zoe was then seen running off the
stage, screaming and swearing while doing so, before she was met by her
family, who attempted to comfort the visibly agitated singer.
Comfort: Zoe was left distraught by the incident, with her mother and father attempting to comfort her
Calm down, dear: Zoe was caught at the bottom of the stairs by another member of her family, who attempted to keep her under control
After the audition, Zoe was arrested and cautioned for hitting a producer.
However, since then, Zoe has maintained that she was 'stitched up' to make a better scene for X Factor viewers.
She told the Sunday Mirror today:
'They set out to make a total and utter fool of me. Even though this
audition was in June, I'm still struggling to come to terms with what
'I used to be so confident and I
trusted people. Now I just don't trust anyone. I can hardly sleep – I'm
basically a nervous wreck.'
However, a show official told the
paper that Zoe wasn't made to sing the Pink song, adding: 'Contestants
are not told what to sing, they make their own decisions.'