This is how we, the unassuming public, were introduced to Stacy Francis on The X-Factor. Francis claimed to be a 42-year-old single mom who had never been given a chance. Not so fast whoever you are! What the streaming tears and the runnning mascara covered up was a singer with quite a diverse and a substantial resume’ in the music business prior to stepping on that stage to land a spot in X-Factor Boot Camp, then land an invitation to be part of the “over 30s” category, and now, she has landed in the finals which officially start tomorrow night.
Okay, is Stacy Francis the first person to enter a competition and not be honest about her past? No, but it seems everyday lately, a new story surfaces about Francis’ real career path. I see a bit of a double-standard in Francis’ situation. Both Javier Colon, who won the first season of The Voice and fellow finalist Dia Frampton both had had record deals prior to the competition, yet the press is continuously crucifying Francis for her past gigs. Is it because Simon Cowell is involved? Is it because there is so much at stake? As you are aware, the winner of The X-Factor will receive a $5 million recording contract. And surely, Francis has never been paid that much money in her professional career, but still, for someone else, like Melanie Amaro for example, this may or may not be her chance of a lifetime.
So, here is a list of Stacy Francis’ gigs: she was a member of 90’s R&B girl group, Ex-Girlfriend (I don’t remember them), Francis has done both Broadway and West End musicals (both Footloose and Dreamgirls have been confirmed), the weird one: she was asked to perform at Tom Cruise’s birthday party in 2004, and the fresh rumors allude to Francis may or may not have performed with Whitney Houston, Madonna, Chaka Khan (probably true), and Madonna.
I’m not sure how upset we should be about this. I’m a little deceived, but in reality, now that all of this has come out, and since there are more talented folks in the competition, Francis probably won’t win. The pressure on her to come clean is increasing everyday, it will be interesting to see what factoids will be revealed next. She probably has a SAG card, so hell, what else can fall out of her closet? Just stay online and you’ll find something.