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. (more…)
Teen Disney Star Demi Lovato has checked herself into rehab on Monday night, to treat an eating disorder and self-harm. “Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help,” said a statement from her representatives. “She is doing just that. Demi and her family ask that the media respect her privacy during this difficult time.”
A source who wished to remain anonymous told The Associated Press that Lovato has struggled with cutting herself and unhealthy eating habits for some time. She was once the victim of bullying, which became so bad that she was forced to leave her middle school. “It was more verbal harassment than physical abuse, but that’s actually more scarring than anything,” Demi said in a 2009 interview. “And I had to leave because I just couldn’t deal with it. And I’ve home-schooled ever since.”