Swearing X-Factor judge shocks audience

FIERY: Natalia Kills with husband and fellow judge Willy Moon.
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FIERY: Natalia Kills with husband and fellow judge Willy Moon.

Popular talent show X Factor has come under fire again after a curseword-laden outburst by one of the judges at a taping in Auckland last night.

Attendees of the final X Factor audition were upset by English popstar Natalia Kills, claiming she yelled and swore at audience members, including children.

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One attendee said the show turned ugly when Kills lost it.

"She swore and screamed at the audience and then half the crowd left, and some mums yelled out about her swearing."

X Factor New Zealand publicist Jeane Mowatt confirmed the incident.  

JUDGING PANEL: Willy Moon, Natalia Kills, Stan Walker and Melanie Blatt.
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JUDGING PANEL: Willy Moon, Natalia Kills, Stan Walker and Melanie Blatt.

"During a long day of filming, The X Factor NZ judge Natalia Kills expressed frustration at the behaviour of some sections of the audience.  

"Her words were not well chosen, and both Natalia and TV3 apologise for any offence caused."

The audience member said once the crowd was outside the studio everyone was talking about the outburst.

He said it made him and his friends feel uncomfortable but they could understand the judges were tired after a long day.

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Kills' outburst happened during the last audition of the night.

The audience member said the contestant had been "mouthy" to the judges and the audience was pressuring Kills to let her through to the next round.

But Kills did not want to, he said. She stormed off stage after the incident, he said. Producers told the audience to stay seated but some mums yelled back in protest, he said.

Earlier in the night the audience had been told to boo and applaud the judges as much as they like. As filming began, Kills told some audience members to shut up, he said.

News of the "forceful" outburst made it onto social networking website Twitter, with one user saying they were disgusted by the incident.

Kills, 28, is known for her edgy pop stylings and personality, and was announced as a judge on the talent show earlier this year

She sits alongside her Wellington-born husband Willy Moon, 25.

X Factor New Zealand publicist Jeane Mowatt said: "During a long day of filming, The X Factor NZ judge Natalia Kills expressed frustration at the behaviour of some sections of the audience.  

"Her words were not well chosen, and both Natalia and TV3 apologise for any offence caused."

Auditions finished last night. The next leg on X Factor - Bootcamp - is being filmed in January next year. 

The incident comes a day after another X Factor show attendee claimed the show was rigged.

Brad Fisher, 18, was in the front seats of one show taping when he allegedly saw a man to the right of the judges making different hand signals after each performance.

A thumbs-up resulted in four yeses. A thumbs-down or a head nod ended in four nos or one yes and three nos.

A middling hand signal meant two yeses and two nos – and, at the audition stages, if judging wasn't unanimous then the contestant couldn't get through to the next round.

Fisher uploaded his thoughts to YouTube. The video has been making rounds on social media with more than 17,500 views.

Co-executive producer of X Factor NZ Andrew Szusterman said it was up to the judges as to who proceeds throughout the competition.

"As in all television productions, the producers must be in close contact with on-screen talent at all times in order for the production process to run smoothly," he told Stuff.co.nz yesterday.

 - Stuff.co.nz

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