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Did ‘X Factor’ paint Atlanta’s Tara Simon with too harsh a brush?

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Tara Simon of Atlanta is a possible candidate for the top 17 on "X Factor." CREDIT: Fox

“The X Factor” is all about personality and drama and on occasion, actual singing.

One personality who stood out during the auditions is Smyrna’’s Tara Simon, a 28-year-old music coach. But the editing was not flattering. The snippets we saw made her seem condescending and overconfident relative to the singing clips we heard. She seemed to be oversinging.

Yet she has survived to date, landing into the top 24 on Wednesday as part of L.A. Reid’s “Over 25 group.”

On Thursday’s episode, she gave one more audition before the live shows in front of Reid, Justin Bieber and his manager, Atlanta’s Scooter Braun.

“I feel like I can win the whole thing,” she said Thursday on the show. “I’ve always been a star.” (She seems to annoy the other contestants.)

Tara sang a dramatic version of Hoobastank’s “The Reason” and hit a monster last note. “That was super fun,” she emoted after it was over.

“She’s got a big voice but she needs to show more sweet moments with her voice,” Bieber said.

In an interview last week, Tara made no bones about it. She felt the editors have painted her in a light that is unfair and honestly, far worse than she could ever have imagined.

“They made me out to be the bratty, know-it-all girl,” Tara says. “It’s not true to who I am. There’s a disconnect between what people see on the show and how I really am in a regular situation.”

“It’s really difficult to watch it based on how they’re portraying me,” she adds. “I can’t really enjoy it. It’s devastating. I’m heartbroken. I am a confident person. I need to learn to come across on TV better. I’m a rookie.”

She says they also cut down her singing moments to make her sound singularly over the top. And she didn’t pick “Landslide” when she did duets, though the show made it sound like she did. She would have preferred Sugarland’s “Stay” or Elton John’s “Your Song.” She dueted with teen Jennelle Garcia. “She was very scared to be paired with me. I was trying to comfort her,” she said.

When Simon sang Queen’s “Somebody to Love” while the rest of the contestants sat on stage, “they put all my riffs together. It looks like a hot mess. I’m not ever seen singing a note and holding it.” In the future, she said, “I’m going to simplify things.”

If she makes it to the live rounds, she’s going to have to amp up her likability factor and turn around the negative perceptions of her floating around social media.

“It’s been a great learning experience, I have to say,” she said. “I’m always the type of person pushing myself to be better. I’m making myself better.”

Her husband Terrence, she added, “is the only reason I’m still sane right now. I have to keep away from the hate mail and mean things people have said on Twitter. Reading it messes with your spirit.”

Tara said she was encouraged by an investor in one of her projects to try out for all the singing reality shows. Timing wise, she couldn’t do “The Voice,” she said. She has auditioned for “Idol” a couple of times but didn’t get to the live judges. But “The X Factor’ bit.

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51 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

October 12th, 2012
8:40 am

I have to keep away from the hate mail and mean things people have said on Twitter. Reading it messes with your spirit.”

I have no problem with honest criticism but I have to agree that the horrible things some people feel it’s ok to say on social media are way over the top. I think everyone who auditions for these shows has to keep in mind that the show’s producers WILL edit the audition to suit their particular purposes and that the editing may or may not be flattering.

Harriett

October 12th, 2012
9:26 am

Morning!

Agree, Deirdre. You are fair game, once you audition. And, if there is anything at all distasteful about your personality (see CeCe) it will be exploited. Some of the people probably don’t realize how grating their personalitites are until they see them exposed.

Pitchy

October 12th, 2012
9:33 am

DanJ

October 12th, 2012
9:47 am

Without personally knowing someone there’s no way to determine if what we see is real or not. Since so much of what we’ve seen on X-Factor is the contestants behind the scenes, without a host. Which I like. As for talent she is good but I don’t see here moving on. I think she will be sent home.

Pitchy

October 12th, 2012
10:31 am

DanJ , there are better singers there than her.

Sam-A

October 12th, 2012
10:37 am

To our dear K&CF: If you’re going to the festival this weekend, have a great & safe time! Hope the weather holds up and all goes well, as usual.

G

October 12th, 2012
10:43 am

Roho wrote: “The X Factor is all about personality and drama and on occasion, actual singing.” How is Idol much different?

Tara is an okay singer. Amanda from The Voice would sing her under the table. I wasn’t impressed by her saving grace big note at the end either.

DanJ

October 12th, 2012
10:51 am

I watched the shows again and paused the show when they were discussing who to keep. It was obvious with Britney who was going home and who she was going to keep based on the 4 photos she had in a row and the two she excluded. Same with LA Reid except a Pepsi can and soda glass block two photos but not the two on the bottom. Demi was less obvious but she is keeping 2 front runners the other two not so sure about.

Pitchy

October 12th, 2012
10:56 am

G, I thought the way she ended her song was absolutely horrible.

kimmo

October 12th, 2012
11:19 am

I think that when they showcase unflattering personality traits in a contestant, chances are, that they are just showing us viewers WHY they are sending them home. However, Tara is the only female in her category, I think she may stay this week and go to the live shows. She is very pretty naturally. When you look at Melanie Amaro’s pre-live clips, she was kind of a dog where appearances are concerned, and look what they did with her. Imagine what they can do with Tara Simon. I don’t like her, but I love not liking her. I hope she stays at least one more week (show wise). I want to see a live perfomance with the hair, makeup, and constume design done professionally. Britney and Demi aren’t worth watching without them–just sayin!

Rickster

October 12th, 2012
11:20 am

If she was half as good as she thinks she is… the competition would be over already. But she’s not.

Deirdre

October 12th, 2012
11:26 am

kimmo makes a good point. Especially being the only female in her category. Plus, these shows like to create villains then keep them around for awhile to spark interest.

sharonw

October 12th, 2012
11:37 am

Hi everyone! I dislike the abbreviated bits we got to see at the judges’ homes. You couldn’t really get a good feel for how they performed. Oh, well…we shall see. All the contestants have their way of coping with the stress. Tara’s way is to act overly confident. I’m wondering if X Factor will be on tonight. They mentioned that they would announce the winners next week, but the TV guide and Fox news station have it listed as being on tonight. Guess I’ll tune in.

DanJ

October 12th, 2012
11:46 am

Tara is the worst singer in the over catagory IMO which is strange in a way because the girls are far superior in the teens, young adults and even the groups. As far as like/dislike it comes down to taste. Some people are drawn to the bad boy/girl.

I think both Tara and CeCe sought out the spotlight, once under it they melted somewhat and showed a vulerable side. I don’t know how much that will play in a fanbase I think their talent or lack of talent will determine how far they get…at least one of them.

Deirdre

October 12th, 2012
11:48 am

sharon, XF IS on tonight but it is a rerun of one of the judges’ house episodes.

Rickster

October 12th, 2012
12:06 pm

Meli

October 12th, 2012
12:15 pm

Sorry, but every time a reality show contestant comes across as less than flattering they all claim ‘I wasn’t edited fairly’. And more often than not, the person who claims they weren’t edited fairly actually has no clue how they come off to other people at all, without editing. Maybe Ms. Simon needs to check herself before she wrecks herself.

Pitchy

October 12th, 2012
1:22 pm

“I think both Tara and CeCe sought out the spotlight, once under it they melted somewhat and showed a vulerable side. – WORD!

Harriett

October 12th, 2012
1:26 pm

CeCe admitted she’d been “so worried” about appearing unlikeable. She knows how unlikeable she is and she only cried and showed “vulnerability” when Demi told her about herself. She knew it was true.

DanJ

October 12th, 2012
1:42 pm

Harriett, I think the way X-Factor filmed the show (No Host) gave us a greater insight on personalities of the contestants. CeCe comes across as rude to say the least. I was glad to see Demi talk to her. She does have a good voice but she is unlikeable. Which means she will either leave early or go far.

My early top 5 picks are:
1) Jennel Garcia winner
2) Carly Rose Sonenclar
3) Diamond White
4) Vino Alan
5) Jason Brock

xxx

October 12th, 2012
1:45 pm

Meli ..
Shouldn’t that be chiggity check?

Mo Schreibman

October 12th, 2012
1:56 pm

The boy of my wifes second cousin Hera used to visit the judges homes until finally they moved him out of the minimum security prison into one with better locks.

Seth T

October 12th, 2012
1:58 pm

Both X-Factor and The Voice appear to have re-runs tonight at the same time.

Beatrice Miller, the 13 year-old girl caught our attention. She has a very distinctive and unique voice with vibrato and control.

That doesn’t mean she will go far, because there are a lot of games played with the “casting” of X-Factor, and she has no wierd, troubled or heart-grabbing back-story. She’s not sporting a flaming ego, doesn’t need a few million to raise her kids or breaking into tears every cut. So that puts her at a disadvantage

But, some people in the music biz will be lining-up for this girl. She used a song that highlighted the characteristics of her voice, which some didn’t. Jennel’s song choice and Ce Ce’s were not complimentary to their voice, but may have given a different look that the producers may want for casting. LA and the Beeb, will be advised/influenced by producers, before they make “their” decision.

RE: Tara Simon — when you sign these contracts for the show, they can and will take anything they want on film, cut & paste, drop and add. They can use you as a hero, goat, human interest story, film your tears and jeers and run them for years. I mentioned back on auditions, that Ce Ce, Paige and Tara would be brought-along for the ride until they lose “value” for the show, If Tara even makes it to live voting, she’ll never make it to the top 5 – she just doesn’t have anything special enough to survive against the other talent.

There is good talent this year, and the “marketable” statement that LA made, is very true. There are some good singers that a good management company could not stay-afloat with.

fuskiegirl21

October 12th, 2012
2:25 pm

I watched for my first time last night as Brittany Spears tried to pick 4 out of the 6 to go on tour with her. I am shocked that they can whittle it down at all as all of those kids are sooooooo talented. By they time they get down to the last few it really is just a matter of opinion. Wow, great show.

Rickster

October 12th, 2012
2:32 pm

So.. in whose house is Britney? Nicole’s? Or Paula’s

That cliff scenery sure looks familiar.

Pitchy

October 12th, 2012
2:37 pm

It’s the judges’ home, it just isn’t these judges’ homes (lol).

DanJ

October 12th, 2012
2:49 pm

Some are the judges homes others are rentals that the show leases! Simon and LA Reid own several homes so that may or may not be their real home. Demi’s home looked like something she would own. Britney’s may well be one that was leased.

Pitchy

October 12th, 2012
3:08 pm

I was just making a joke, DanJ.

Harriett

October 12th, 2012
3:45 pm

Mo! Where’ve you been? Missed you and your timely (mostly) interjections!

Dan, I cannot remember all of them as well as you do, but I loved Carly Rose and the other girls in that category. Diamond White’s song did not showcase her voice last night, IMO. I love Vino’s voice, and on XF a physical appearance like his might be an advantage (thinking LA). As for his back story about the step father and abuse, I have to wonder at what point he grew into that body and whipped the guy’s azz.

DanJ

October 12th, 2012
3:45 pm

@Pitchy, I knew you were joking but Rickster did bring up an interesting point and I did a little researchyo find out some of the judges especially th UK actually use their homes.

Rickster

October 12th, 2012
3:51 pm

Thanks, DanJ…

Pitchy

October 12th, 2012
3:51 pm

I believed in the first season that we were actually seeing Simon’s house. Yeah, some are theirs and some are probably leased.

What is the guys name who somewhat resembles Bruno Mars. I like his voice and his strong desire to succeed.

Harriett

October 12th, 2012
4:28 pm

Time for me to go. Have a good weekend everyone. I have to mention the my Carolina Gamec0cks have a big game tomorrow night against LSU. GO GAMEC0CKS!

Gracie

October 12th, 2012
4:35 pm

Yes, she was portrayed in a horrible light … but she had to actually SAY and DO all of those things for the producers to be able to pull the clip. You’ve got to have a pretty healthy sense of self-esteem to be in show business, but this girl has said/done things that are totally over the top. I sincerely doubt that she’s a shrinking violet in real life.

Mercedes S.

October 12th, 2012
4:45 pm

I like Dan J’s choices. Is Brock the husky Adam look-alike?
I also like Beatrice.
Much would be forgiven Tara if she only could SING. Her voice is grating.
CeCe has an unpleasant personaloty too, but a good voice.

Sam-A

October 12th, 2012
4:46 pm

Close to going home time – yahoo!

Deirdre et al, remember the return of “Walking Dead” Sunday, and please remember I record it to watch later in the week!!! Careful with the comments Monday.

Rickster

October 12th, 2012
4:46 pm

Hope everyone has a good weekend. After the week I’ve had… I’m looking forward to it.

Pitchy

October 12th, 2012
4:53 pm

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Jackisbetter

October 12th, 2012
5:54 pm

It is just amazing that these contestants are surprised that they are portrayed in a negative light. We are over 10 years in to the entire reality tv show evolution and they always do this.

I think more realistically people are surprised when they see truly who they are. Tara may just be a bit surprised and hopefully a bit embarrassed about her actions.

Change comes from within….and she may need to do a little bit of digging to find some niceness down deep.

Hopefully she does without causing further embarrassment to herself and her family.

Mercedes S.

October 12th, 2012
6:02 pm

For once you can believe the critics: “Argo” is every bit as good as they say! Based on a true story about how the CIA hired an “extractor” to get out six Americans who manage to escape from the US ambassy in Teheran when it was taken over by “crazy radicals” (Ok to call them terrorists now?). For three months these lucky few hid out in the Canadian ambassador’s home… and then it became obvious that their lives were in danger. The State Department suggested the six bicycle their way out of Iran – in the snow , some one hundred miles. A super-spy came up with a better idea: how about pretending the Americans were Canadians scouting a movie location?

Ben Affleck directed “Argo” with the same urgency he used in “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town.”
But because you know the story is true (if you’re old enough, you may remember those horrifying scenes from the US embassy, on your nightly news) and the subject of endangered US diplomats is again as headliner, “Argo” will work on you in unexpected ways.

Affleck, who plays the hero, shares the screen with a solid cast. Alan Arkin and John Goodman play funny scenes straight – which makes this enterprise even more exciting.

Mercedes S.

October 12th, 2012
6:12 pm

“embassy”… “a headliner”… scuse me.

I also had a lot of fun at “Seven Psychopaths”. Expect quirk, though. Colin Farrell is a talented screenwriter who JUST CAN”T GET STARTED on his major opus. Best bud Sam Rockwell tries to push him along by telling morbid stories about brutal killers… and somehow, Farrell ends up in the stories himself.

Christopher Walken has played his share of psychos in movies, but never before with such – relish – as here. Woody Harrelson is a nasty gangster with a silly fondness for his shih tzu, a dumb critter stolen by clumsy dognappers.

Directed by Martin McDonagh who earlier worked with Farrell in the wonderful “In Bruges.”

Mercedes S.

October 12th, 2012
6:30 pm

I don’t much care for horror movies, especially not the predictable splatter kind, but “Sinister” really got to me. Creepy and unpleasant with a dumb hero who just HAS to go into that basement and up those attic steps,…yet you feel for him and understand exactly why this idiot true-crime writer (Ethan Hawk) behaves against all common sense – he’s just curious and MUST know what’s on those nasty frames of film he finds in a murder house.

Deirdre

October 13th, 2012
7:39 am

Thanks for the reviews, Mercedes. I’ve really been looking forward to Argo. Hope to see it sometime in the next 2 weeks.

Deirdre

October 15th, 2012
7:29 am

Morning!

I guess the Falcons tried to make up for a relatively dull Atlanta sports weekend by pulling another victory out of their you-know-what. There’s bound to come a time when the last minute heroics don’t work.

I haven’t seen Walking Dead yet. I will watch it this morning.

G

October 15th, 2012
8:57 am

6-0 by hook or crook. I’ll take it. Thanks to Matty “Ice” Bryant [again] for late heroics. Run defense needs to improve, O-line looked sluggish, and Matt Ryan looked awful. Falcons are the last undefeated team in the league. GO DIRTY BIRDS!!!!

Walking Dead was pretty good last night. Interesting at how the survivors cohabitate with the walkers in certain situations. LOL! Good start to the season, and guess I’ll discuss details when you guys catch up or post on the other thread.

Deirdre

October 15th, 2012
9:32 am

I just watched Walking Dead. Wow! We need to hear from the other blogsters before going into detail but I’ll just say it again….Wow!

Sam-A

October 15th, 2012
10:09 am

I loved “Argo”. And yes, I did cry in the end, even though I know the whole story, from relief, and for the housekeeper, who was so brave, but probably was on her way to a refugee camp in the closing scenes. It was forgotten by me due to time, but incensed me that the Brit refused to shelter them. For the Kiwis, at least they’re a tiny little, non-influential country, but the Brits would have had much better security that little Canada, one would think.

I will try to watch “WD” Tuesday evening. Can’t wait!

Seth T

October 15th, 2012
3:10 pm

Signs you might be watching a real rising female star on X-Factor or The Voice – once the public voting starts,

1. Under 30 years old. ( I know the exceptions, but we won’t see it this year)
2. Don’t cry or beg or be pushed into a mold for Judges approval.
3. Physically fit & attractive, or cute & sweet with an amazingly great voice.
4. Don’t hang their heads if critisized.
5. .Don’t do the P-squat.
6. Don’t wear cow-print dresses.
7. Are not continually chasing- after Carrie, Kelly, Whitney or Mariah in song choices.
8. Can really sing with distinctive voice, and not just yell and screech through songs.
9. Choose songs that fit their voice, not songs they “love”, but are not in their wheelhouse.

Remember the song “It’s a man’s world?” – but it should be added that 70% or more of the voters are a woman or a girl. So the guys have a nice advantage to begin with, as we know that it’s more likely that guys will get the better half of the Lady voting block.

So the better talent of the girls/women in the talent show race this season, just need to get to top 4, and they will get enough exposure that some labels will be sending –

tweets to their twitter,

a proposal hook to their Facebook

and a line for them to sign.
.

Rickster

October 15th, 2012
3:37 pm

Forget the Middle East. Economy? Can’t be bothered. Big Bird? Dead issue.

What’s really on Obama’s mind?

On Friday afternoon, President Obama phoned in for an interview on Miami radio host Michael Yo’s call-in program “The Yo Show,” where the first question dealt not with foreign or domestic policy, but with the “American Idol” feud between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/10/15/president-obama-weighs-in-on-mariah-carey-and-nicki-minaj/?intcmp=features#ixzz29OkSoF00

Jackie Celko

October 19th, 2012
7:43 am

When you go on the a reality show, you know, or should know, that the shows producers are trying to tell a story. Stories need heroes, villains, and fools. Contestants have to know it’s risky, but then there’s all those prizes and like being on TV and everything. So, we jump. On X Factor there are heroes like Diamond White and Jennel Garcia, and lots of fools, but very few villains. Tara made it easy for them to show her as both fool and villain. Come on. You are 27 years old, an experienced performer, and a self titled vocal coach, and you can’t remember you are on camera?

Carly Rose, who is only, as she keeps reminding us thirteen, remembers. She is confident but humble, focused but nice. She says, “I want to be a superstar” not “I am a superstar.”

Had Tara remembered to at least act humble, she would not have become this seasons villain. Still, Tara really isn’t a very good performer. Her stage presence is dreadful,and her voice isn’t great. If her actions hadn’t placed her in the villain/fool group, she might not have made it to boot camp. It was a season of mostly nice people with a lot of talent. They needed someone. Tara did nicely.