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Natalia Kills & Willy Moon: ‘X Factor New Zealand’ Judges Fired For ‘Bullying’

Mon, March 16, 2015 9:57am EDT by 10 Comments

Uh oh. Following some of the most vicious comments ever made by judges on a signing competition, Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have been fired from ‘The X Factor New Zealand.’

These comments could make even Simon Cowell cringe. On the Mar. 15 episode of The X Factor New Zealand, husband-wife judging duo Natalia Kills and Willy Moon ripped apart a contestant and the comments were so nasty that they’ve now been fired from the show. Check out the terrible things they said!

‘X Factor New Zealand’: Natalia Kills & Willy Moon Fired


Even though tough criticism is to be expected on most singing competition shows, these comments seem to be crossing the line. Following the performance of Joe Irvine, in which Joe performed one of Willy’s songs, Natalia was first to comment.

“As an artists who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted at how much you have copied my husband,” Natalia said. “Do you not have any value or respect for originality? You’re a laughing stock… I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious.”

Willy’s comments were perhaps just as scathing. “It’s like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother’s clothes,” he said. “It’s just a little bit creepy and I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience.”

Unacceptable Comments

So crazy right? Following the episode, the chief executive of MediaWorks, which owns The X FactorMark Weldon, issued a statement condemning Natalia and Willy’s behavior.

“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,” said Mark. “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.”

Also, immediately following the episode, TV3 posted a statement to Facebook, also rejecting Natalia and Willy’s comment.

“TV3 does not condone bullying and are currently on-site with Joe who is doing well,” the statement said.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Were Natalia and Willy within the normal bounds of judging? Or did their comments cross the line?

— Casey Mink