Dreams were made and crushed Thursday night on The X Factor as the judges limited the competition from 100 acts to 32. One of the contestants who the show followed from the beginning, Stacy Francis, has been through a lot but managed to triumph in the end.
Stacy, a 42-year-old mother who has just escaped an abusive relationship, stunned Simon Cowell the first time she performed Aretha Franklin‘s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
“I’ve been doing this for a long, long time, and that was one of the best auditions I have ever heard in my life,” Simon, the toughest critic, gushed at the time. “You did more than sing it, you believed in it. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.”
But Stacy had a rough week during boot camp week, when she was told by Simon to tone it down a bit and learned of her father’s death.
Last night she revealed that she’d missed her dad’s funeral in order to stay in the competition.
Saying “I know he’s with me tonight,” Stacy delivered a chilling performance of “Summertime,” which brought her safely to the next round.
Catch the complete list of finalists below! Do you think the judges are mentoring the right groups? Sound off below!
Girls: Simon Cowell
Boys: L.A. Reid
Groups: Paul Abdul
The Brewer Boys
*Group (4 girls) created by judges
*Group (10 people) created by judges
Over-30s: Nicole Scherzinger
Catch Stacy’s performance below!