LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Stacy Francis is not just a single 42 year old mother trying to be discovered by Simon Cowell and FOX producers on The X Factor USA. Rather, Francis was part of the 1998 Original Broadway Cast of the musical Footloose. Francis in Footloose performed the smash song “Let’s Hear It For the Boy”. Viewers have been left believing that that Simon Cowell has discovered Francis this season on his reality show. But Francis has already made it big as a singer, far before Simon Cowell ever met her.
The perceived concept of The X Factor rests on judges trying to find a performer who has a hidden star quality, or factor, that needs to be discovered. When Stacy Francis first appeared before Simon Cowell, his remarks included the following â€śIt is always my favorite feeling in the world is when I sit in a chair and I meet a star for the first time.”
While Simon Cowell might have â€śmet a star for the first timeâ€ť in Francis now, if Cowell had gone to Broadway years earlier, Cowell allegedly could have seen her star then.
Francis is an exceptionally talented singer who deserves to win this season of The X Factor. Her singing is unmatched, her voice is exceptional, and her delivery is unmatched.
While Cowell makes one thing appear to telecast viewers, New York theatre fans have seen Francis on stage for years, from Born to Sing!, Smokey Joeâ€™s CafĂ© and Street Corner Symphony. During her original appearance, X Factor producers aired the following statement by Francis “In my late 20s into early 30s, I met someone. Things just when really wrong … He kept on telling me Iâ€™m too old or not talented enough, I started believing him.â€ť
During her initial audition, Francis told viewers that â€śIâ€™m Stacy, Iâ€™m 42 years old, Iâ€™m a single mother with two kidsâ€ť. She later added â€śI donâ€™t want to die with this music in me Simon!â€ť Francisâ€™ music, however, is alive and well; the 1998 Original Broadway Cast recording from Footloose staring Stacy Francis is still available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Francis deserves to win this season of The X Factor. But will she?