Auditioning for a show can be nerve-wracking for anyone, especially when the judges who determine your fate are Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell, and LA Reid. You want everything to be perfect during the audition.
This week the ‘X Factor’ judges were put to the test when Freddie Combs sang on stage in his wheelchair. He wanted the judges to “Give a fat boy a chance.” Freddie Combs is a 540-pound, 41-year-old minister who is a Tennessee native. Before Freddie sang to the judges, he talked about his weight struggle. In 2009, Freddie weighed 920 pounds and was on his death bed. But, through a proper diet and exercise he has lost close to 400 pounds. After his near-death experience, Freddie continues his fight with obesity. He has a whole new outlook on life, which made him want to audition for the show.
Once Freddie started singing “Wind Beneath My Wings,” the audience and judges were stunned. They heard a beautiful voice coming out of a man that many people wouldn’t think is beautiful. Freddie’s sound was reminiscent of Clay Aiken’s gospel voice. After Freddie finished singing the judges made it clear that they were judging him on his voice, not outer appearance.
L.A. Reid said he thought Freddie’s voice was heavenly and Britney added that Freddie was “shockingly amazing.” Simon had nothing but nice comments for Freddie, saying, “When I heard you sing, I had a vision in my mind of you standing while singing that song–healthy, happy.”
When it came to the decision whether Freddie would move to the next round or not, Simon offered a deal to Freddie. Simon added, “Maybe you need some inspiration. I don’t think you deserve to be stuck in that chair. We have to make a deal with each other: I’ll back you, if you back yourself.” In addition to Simon’s proposition, Mr. Reid told Freddie, “Simon challenged you to stand. And if you stand, I’ll stand right by you.”
Freddie agreed to the deal with Simon and LA Reid, and received a “yes” to move on to the next round from each judge. We hope that Freddie will soon appear on stage standing tall and proud. Freddie’s weight loss journey will be a sight to see on the show. He has already lost nearly half of his body weight, which is a phenomenal accomplishment. I don’t doubt that he will have audiences across the country rooting for his ‘X Factor’ journey, but his weight loss journey as well.