If Simon Cowell fires you for being rude and insulting, you have a serious problem. Natalia Kills, an X Factor New Zealand judge, certainly destroyed her career on live television five years ago. She carelessly accused contestant Joe Irvine of attempting to imitate her husband Willy Moon. Irvine was compared to fictional murderer Norman Bates by Moon, who was also on the judging panel.
Kills described Irvine’s actions as “disgusting,” and she refused to criticize his performance. The audience booed both Kills and Moon as they continued to spew their venom. Irvine was accused of “having no identity,” and Judge Melanie Blatt shut down Kills and Moon, telling Irvine that he dressed better than Moon.
Simon Cowell, a longtime judge and producer of The X Factor UK, said Kills’ actions were “hateful” and that she “sounded mad.” He also said that neither of them apologized to Irvine or the public right away, so their actions were very disrespectful. He couldn’t figure out why they were being so defensive and ruthless with their remarks. Given that Cowell has never shied away from expressing his thoughts, it’s ironic that he, too, thought Kills and Moon went too far.
Natalia and her husband formed the band Cruel Youth after the drama, but she didn’t abandon her musical ambitions entirely. They had a few releases, including “Mr. Watson,” “Diamonds Days,” and “Hatefuck” from the EP +30mg, which was released under the intriguingly named “Disgrace Records.” Cruel Youth’s official Instagram account has 209 posts and 96.6k followers.
Natalia Kills has released music under several monikers, including Candy Rapper, Verbalicious, Verse, and Natalia Cappuccini. She was credited as Natalia Keery-Fisher on Madonna’s “Holy Water,” and Teddy Sinclair on Rihanna’s 2016 Grammy nominated hit “Kiss It Better.”
There’s a chance that the name Cruel Youth doesn’t ring any alarm bells for you and it’s probably due to poor marketing. The band was created after Sinclair and her husband Moon relocated to the United States after the 2015 X Factor drama.