Jennel Garcia regrets Demi Lovato's advice
Eliminated 'X Factor' singer disappointed with image and music choices
Booted "X Factor" contestant Jennel Garcia regrets letting her mentor Demi Lovato have final say over image and music choices. The 19-year-old was an early front-runner in the competition, but her journey on the show ended with a shocking elimination on Thursday's results show. Now Garcia has revealed to entertainment site HollywoodLife.com that what viewers saw on TV wasn't what she dreamed her first foray into stardom would be.
She says, "The makeup, the hair, the heels -- that wasn't necessarily me, and I was letting Demi do what she wanted, and I was going to listen to her no matter what because she's my mentor and I trust her." When it came to the ever important song selection, Garcia was also disappointed in what turned out to be her last performance on the show, singing Tina Turner hit "Proud Mary," which was not her first choice. Garcia explains, "I really put up a fight about singing 'Proud Mar'y because the other song we were working on was 'You Oughta Know' by Alanis Morissette, which is way more me than 'Proud Mary,' but everyone disagreed and said 'Proud Mary' was the one. Clearly it was not, so I was right. I should've stuck up for myself more. I should have given them a piece of my mind, much more than I did, but I didn't because I wanted to be good and cooperative."
Despite her elimination, the young singer is adamant about continuing her dream to becoming a successful singer. She insists, "My voice is going to be heard. I'm going to fight for what I've worked for my whole life."
"The X Factor" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
This girl is too young to attempt a show biz career: "the makeup, the hair, the heels -- that isn't necessarily me, but I was letting Demi do what she wanted because she's my mentor and I trust her."
Jennel Garcia is too young to remember Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" and undoubtedly more in tune with the whiny Alanis Morissette. Before anyone gets mad, it is a fact that whiny, sad music has been in the forefront in recent years. It's sad, because I've known a number of young female singers who ruined their chances during auditions trying to cultivate that horrible, whiny vocal tone.
Lesson learned: BE YOURSELF. Don't try to be someone that your friends think is "cool." And by all means, learn from your "mentors" whenever it's necessary, BUT DON'T TRY TO BE THEM.
I was so sad that jennel went home, but her save me performance was not very good. I have to say I liked how she did on proud mary, but I was a little surprised that is what she sang. I guess we know why she sang it. Would have loved to hear her sing you oughta know, I do think that would have been better. But, in the end, you have to peform well, and she didn't. Love jennel, I wish her nothing but the best!