Natalia Kills and husband Willy Moon were, until this morning, co-judges on the X Factor New Zealand.
The pair were involved in an on-stage incident with a contestant that went viral over the weekend. In the clip, Natalia, with the black bangs, insults the singer. She insists that the contestant is copying her husband, Willy, by wearing a suit. Yes, really. So she berates the contestant, and berates him again, as he smiles and compliments her. Then she claims the guy is stalker-like and Norman Bates-like. And continues to name-call.
She was rude, booed by the audience, and called out by co-judge Melanie Blatt (formerly of 90s British girl band All Saints famous for their 1997 hit, Never Ever).
Melanie defended the contestant, and later called Natalia a “twat” on Instagram. All this over Natalia’s insistence that anyone wearing a suit was lacking originality and copying her husband. And that anyone who would stoop so low as to become a clone has no artistic credibility… a bit like this.
— Jack Hardwick (@jackhardwick93) March 16, 2015
A day later, television bosses seem to feel the pair went too far in their comments. Mark Welden, chief executive for Mediaworks (which owns TV3) said in a statement:
Last night on X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable.
While the judges on X Factor are expected to provide critiques of the performances, we will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges
Contestants put their all into this competition and they should expect to receive feedback and criticism that is professional and constructive. We no longer have confidence that Kills and Moon are the right people to perform the role of X Factor judges and they will leave the show, effective immediately.