X Factor Song Change: How The Paris Attacks Influenced The Show?s Repertoire

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Everyone around the world is expressing their solidarity for the Paris attacks that happened two days ago. And the singing reality show X Factor Australia too expressed its heartfelt condolences to the attacks in their own way.

The X Factor contestants, Lauren Murray and Monica Michael were hit with last minute song changes on Saturday after the Paris attacks on Friday.

As it was Movie Week, Lauren was originally meant to be singing Gladys Knight?s Licence To Kill from the James Bond film of the same name while Monica was set to sing Nancy Sinatra?s Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) from the Kill Bill soundtrack.

However both of Rita?s contestants were told they had to change their songs after they were considered insensitive following the terror attacks that left over 127 people dead and nearly 350 wounded, reported Metro.

According to Express, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini applauded Monica’s rendition, saying, ?I have to give it to you – to have to change your song the morning of a performance like this, when I know how much the show means to you, says a lot about your character and your strength.?

While Simon Cowell added, ?That’s the secret with you: no silly dress, no silly hair, no silly songs. You just do what you do best and when you connect with a song like that you are magic, absolute magic.?

Whatever the reasons behind the changes, the move is probably a good one for the girls with the two previous choices having been responsible for acts being eliminated in the past.

Earlier today it was reported that there had been more song choice drama backstage with Cheryl vetoing 4th Impact’s hopes to sing a ballad, while Max Stone’s original song choice – Prine’s Purple Rain – was ruled out due to licensing issues.

All we would like to say is that both the girls did a fabulous job.



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