'It was the most humiliating day of my life': X Factor reject and Pink impersonator 'who screamed abuse at judges and attacked a producer' said she was set up
13:20 GMT, 26 June 2012
An X Factor reject who allegedly screamed abuse at the judges during Cardiff auditions has claimed she was the victim of an elaborate set-up designed to paint her as a 'girl with a bad attitude'
Zoe Alexander, a Pink tribute act, is alleged to have used the C-word, pushed a female producer in the face and flung her microphone on the floor when she was told she was not good enough.
But the 22-year-old accused bosses of the ITV1 show of deliberately painting her as a sour loser during Monday's round of pre-recorded auditions in Cardiff and added they told her what to sing.
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Rage: X Factor hopeful Zoe Alexander, who is a Pink impersonator, reportedly flew into a frenzy at the Cardiff auditions today after she was rejected by all four judges
Miss Alexander, from Caerphilly, South
Wales, allegedly screamed profanities after judges Louis Walsh and Gary
Barlow branded her performance average.
But the singer claimed today the show had deliberately tried 'to make me out to be this girl' for entertainment.
'I'm not that girl. I can play that character but I'm not that person. I'm actually a nice person,' she said.
Lookalike: The 22-year-old sang Pink's So What! but then called the judges 'c****' claiming they set her up and chose the song for her
Miss Alexander said she had been told by producers to sing the Pink song So What.
'It wasn't a song I was going to do. I wanted to do Jessie J. I didn't feel comfortable,' she said.
'They humiliated me in front of thousands of people. But I make my living doing Pink routines and I'm good at it. I went out on stage and Gary Barlow
put his hand up in just 30 seconds. They all seemed to have a really
awful attitude towards me.
'On the second song, I didn't even get into the chorus.'
She went on: 'They didn't have one
positive thing to say. I do this for a living and I know people like
what I do. People enjoy what I do.
'I did swear, but I was referring to the X Factor and the company, not the audience.'
Giving it her all: Tulisa insisted they didn't choose the song for the
contestant and all four judges said no to letting her through
She claimed: 'I didn't throw the mic – I dropped it. I was in a state of shock until about 7pm last night.
'It was the most humiliating day of my life. It was all so strange. They just shouldn't do that to talented people.'
Miss Alexander added: 'I'm sure I'm not the only one it's happened to but possibly I'm the only one to stand up for myself.
'That might have made me look like an idiot but I've got confidence in myself and I don't think that they expected that.
'There are loads of young boys and girls who have just got their confidence up and they just squash it.
'I've only been on stage for two years and it's taken a lot to get me where I am.'
An X Factor source told the Mail: ‘The judges gave Zoe four no’s and said her vocals were average.
‘Nicole said she should work on her vocals and come back.
left the stage, throwing down her microphone and hurling it towards the
judges. Then she walked back on with her dad. Her dad was ranting at
the judges while Zoe sobbed.
Wannabe: The Welsh singer also pushed a crew member after getting angrier
‘She then swore at the judges and stormed off, pushing Dermot O’Leary’s camera out of the way and kicking scenery.’
source added: ‘We had security and a producer to escort Zoe out of the
venue. And as she walked out she turned and hit the producer with heel
of her hand in the face.
producer’s glasses have been damaged and she’s had to put an ice pack
on her face . We are still debating whether to call the police.’
Last night, Miss Alexander's father Glen Smith, 55, said: ‘They wanted a girl with attitude and that's what they got.
‘They groomed her for the show saying she was what they were looking for at the Cardiff auditions.
‘They even chose the song for her – but then the judges all gave her a no.
set her up, shattered a young girl's dreams of being a star all for the
sake of reviving the flagging viewing figures for the show.’
Miss Alexander has performed at clubs and parties across Britain and in Europe.
She applied for the X Factor and was invited to audition after show producers saw a raunchy video of her act on her website.
An X Factor spokeswoman said: 'An incident took place in Cardiff which is being dealt with.'
Shocked: The X Factor judges, Louis, Tulisa, Nicole and Gary, pictured here in Cardiff, were given an ear bashing by the singer after they all rejected her
Mr Anderson, who is a Tom Jones impersonator, added: ‘I was watching with the host Dermot O'Leary and he turned to me and said: ‘I think the Pink thing blew it’.
‘But the show wanted Zoe to do Pink – they chose the song. She told the panel that but they denied all knowledge.
‘Tulisa even said to her: ‘We didn't choose the song’ – so maybe she didn't know what goes on behind the scenes.
‘She wanted to be a pop star but they have wrecked her dreams.’
Zoe – who also failed last year in auditions in Birmingham – was back home last night and claimed she would quit showbusiness.
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