Getting up on stage in front of four very famous faces is tough enough when you’re a confident singer just waiting to be discovered, but imagine getting up and doing the same thing while suffering from an anxiety attack as heavy as lead.
After Johanna Gauci Loporto enters the audition room mid-breakdown, Alex Alden is first to break the silence but it was Howard Keith’s sly remark of being unable to ignore the situation that has sent viewers into a frenzy.
In a post that appeared in The Salott this morning, one viewer took the time to speak up on the issue at hand, asking members why “as long as we raise awareness and preach ridding the world of mental health stigma” was this comment then still given to someone clearly suffering from a major case of stage fright.
It sparked a huge discussion on social media, with a number of comments agreeing with her opinion.
But the discussion went on to accusations of the judges trying to pull a copycat act of the show’s international judges, namely Howard Keith’s attempts at branding himself as Malta’s Simon Cowell and with a comment as easily low as “it’s just for drama” you can understand why the public feel this way.
The debate sparked is a very good one at that, should contestants not be expectant of criticism on a show like the X Factor? And if so, should the judges not be aware of addressing certain things in a more politically-correct manner?
Regardless, she’s still through to Bootcamp after receiving four yeses, so we’ll have to wait and see how she tackles her nerves throughout the show.
Did we really even see the judges real comments at all? Shows like X Factor are heavily edited, as some auditions can last around 30 minutes or above and we only get to see a few minutes…
What is important to note is that while it does take courage to audition in front of the judges, Johanna would have had to audition initially in front of the production team, so if she was nervous back then would the team not have picked up on the risk beforehand?