Shirlena Johnson: X-Factor Audition (Video)

August 25, 2010

Shirlena Johnson’s X-Factor audition video was bizarre to say the least. But rather than being booted for a lack of talent, the show’s organizers apparently gave her the can due to her supposed mental health issues. Since she got the ax, people have been eager to see the audition, along with photos of the singer.

This season of X-Factor is just kicking off, yet we have already been peppered with a number of scandals. First, Simon Cowell and company were accused of using auto-tune to spruce up the contestants singing voices. Then we learned that a contestant was booted for already having a record deal. Now this?

According to Shirlena Johnson’s mother, X-Factor producers already knew that her daughter suffered from certain mental illnesses. In fact, she says they requested her medical records over a month ago. Part of the medical report supposedly contained information about medications that Shirlena takes to quell her long-term stress issues.

That apparently didn’t stop those in charge from showing her the door. Says her mother:

“’It’s cruel the way they have built up her hopes only to dash them again.”

Shirlena treated the massive viewing audience to a very bizarre audition on Saturday. Reports state that she was on stage “clawing at the floor, shrieking, growling, and moaning” while singing ‘Mercy’ by Duffy.

After the audition, straight-shooter Simon Cowell said:

“I have never heard anything like that in my life. It was like a musical exorcism…What I love about you is you are fantastically nuts.”

A spokeswoman for the show cites concerns for her health as the primary reason for her axing. Producers insist they did not learn about her mental health issues until this week—a few days after her strange audition earned her a spot in the second round.

What do you think, did she get a raw deal? Check out Shirlena Johnson’s X-Factor audition video below.

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6 Responses to “Shirlena Johnson: X-Factor Audition (Video)”

  1. 1
    Rachelle Says:

    Bizarre was a nice way to describe her audition, seriously WTF!

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    Sandy Says:

    no comment

  3. 3
    Miriam Says:

    very bizarre!!

  4. 4
    Jen Says:

    this lady clearly is delusional

  5. 5
    Foggy Says:

    This chick reminds me of the hippies from the 1960’s. Is she crazy or eccentric?

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