Simon Cowell's Shirlena love

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 August 2010
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Music mogul Simon Cowell has expressed regret for having to eject 'X Factor' wannabe Shirlena Johnson from the hit show after fears over her mental health surfaced

Simon Cowell "loves" former 'The X Factor' contestant Shirlena Johnson.

The music mogul - who axed the 30-year-old singer from the competition amid fears for her mental health - has been bombarded with messages from fans begging him to reinstate Shirlena on the hit ITV1 show, but insists there is

nothing he can do to alter the situation.

He explained: "I love Shirlena Johnson just as much as you do. Thank you so much to all of you for your support of Shirlena. It means a lot to her and I feel the same way as many of you. I'm very fond of her and she shouldn't

give up performing.

"At the moment it seems our hands are tied and I'm very upset for her. I really wish we could do something to change things. I know she wants to make a better life for herself. I don't want this to be the end of Shirlena and 'The X Factor' but we can't find a solution at the moment because of the advice we are being given."

Shirlena - who is mother to three-year-old Mariah - wowed the judges with a kooky version of Duffy's hit 'Mercy', but was then removed from the show after experts suggested she may be unable to mentally cope with life in the


However, Simon's fellow judge Louis Walsh insists the aspiring pop star should be allowed to re-enter the talent competition.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "Look at Simon, there's nothing normal about him. Normal people are boring, they're forgettable. Everyone remembered her last week doing 'Mercy' humping the floor."

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