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TV bosses on The X Factor in New Zealand decided that two of the show’s judges had gone too far in their criticisms of a contestant – and they were the ones who got the boot.

Husband-and-wife duo Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have been sacked for ‘bullying’ as they attacked 25-year-old contestant, Joe Irvine, live on air, accusing him of stealing Kiwi singer Willy’s look.

British musician Natalia kicked off the vicious diatribe, telling Joe: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a doppelganger in our midst. As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted by how much you have copied my husband.

“Do you not have any value or respect for originality? You’re a laughing stock. It’s cheesy, it’s disgusting.

“I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious. I’m embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to even dignify you with an answer of my opinion.

“It’s disgusting, you make me sick. You have no identity, I can’t stand it. I’m ashamed to be here.”

Willy added: “To me it just feels a little bit cheap and absurd.

“It’s like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother’s clothing. It’s a little bit creepy and I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience.”

All Saints star Melanie Blatt, who is also on the judging panel for the reality show, interrupted to defend Joe and try and stop the attack.

 

MediaWorks’ chief executive, Mark Weldon, said in a statement: “While the judges on X Factor are expected to provide critiques of the performances, we will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges.

“Contestants put their all into this competition and they should expect to receive feedback and criticism that is professional and constructive. We no longer have confidence that Kills and Moon are the right people to perform the role of X Factor judges and they will leave the show, effective immediately.”