The X Factor Backstage Gossip: Drew Says Mentor Simon Cowell Forced Her To Do Song

Contestant Drew dropped a bombshell backstage at last night’s X Factor performance episode.

The 14-year old says that she agreed with the negative feedback she got from judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and that she didn’t want to sit and perform a ballad during Michael Jackson week and that she would have preferred to perform something uptempo. The twist? It was her own mentor who forced her into doing the stripped-down version of “Billie Jean.”

“I did agree with the judges. As you might have seen in my package, Simon was telling me you gotta sit down, I was saying no and it was kind of a battle,” she said to E! Online. “I trusted him on this one. He wanted it to be focused on my vocals. He didn’t want anything to take away from my vocals because he knew it was going to be the best vocal song. It was. I really felt very, very confident about the way I was singing. I’m glad about that, I wish I could have stood up at least, but you know, gotta love the chair!”

Drew continued about the sitting disagreement saying, “Me and Simon, as close as we are, I was like, ‘Simon, I’m so mad at you! How could you make me do this? Michael Jackson would never sit down.’ He was just like, ‘That’s kind of the point. You’re not Michael Jackson, so if you try to do something Michael Jackson would do, it would almost be disrespect. You’re going to sit down as an honor to Michael Jackson.'”

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