X Factor’s first live show has become mired in controversy after Dannii Minogue appeared to judge a contestant’s alleged sexuality rather than his vocal performance.
Mentor Simon Cowell picked out Jennifer Holliday’s classic And I’m Telling You (I’m Not Goin’) from the musical Dreamgirls for 27-year-old teacher Danyl Johnson.
But there was a change to the lyrics. Instead of: "And I am telling you, I’m not going. You’re the best man I’ll ever know", Danyl sang "And I am telling you, I’m not going. You’re the best girl I’ll ever know".
Dannii picked up on it immediately saying: "A fantastic performance. A true X Factor performance. Turning a girls’ song into a guy’s song, but if we’re to believe everything we read in the paper, maybe you didn’t need to change the gender references?" This prompted audible gasps from the stunned crowd.
A visibly shocked Simon Cowell said: “What did you say? What did you say?" Dannii repeated the statement. "You can forget playing any of those games with him," Simon responded. "I’m not having that." He went on to add: "I think I’m missing something here. I think I’ve just heard one of the best performances I’ve ever heard in my life."
Outraged viewers have expressed their disgust on various message boards and forums. Here’s a selection of your views from MSN’s X Factor blog.
Jack Abernethy: "An obvious attempt to knock Danyl’s confidence, Dannii needs sacking, what does she know about talent anyway? It seems to have eluded her!"
beverley ann wilkinson: "It makes no difference whether he is or isn’t gay, bi or whatever. It is NOT her place to say something like that, not at all."
Jacqui: "I am appalled at the lack of comment on the Xtra Factor about the humiliation of Danyl by Dannii. ITV had an ideal opportunity to immediately sort it but chose to let things fester."
leighmarie denley: "Dannii was bang out of order tonight. Not only did she publicly embarrass Danyl, she could’ve influenced the way people vote for him. His sexuality is his business."
What do you make of Dannii Minogue’s comments? Do you think it was inappropriate? Have your say on this subject.