X Factor reject claims she was 'set up' by show

Gary Barlow

Judge Gary Barlow

Zoe Alexander - the 'X Factor' contestant who hit a producer after her audition was rejected - claims she was "set up" to be humiliated by bosses.

The 'X Factor' contestant who hit a producer claims she was "set up" to be humiliated by bosses.

Pink impersonator Zoe Alexander - who struck a female worker after her audition was rejected and was later arrested - says judges Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scherzinger asked her to sing a song by her idol after failing to impress on her first audition but then told her she wasn't good enough.

She said: "When the judges rejected me I realised I had been manipulated by 'The X Factor' for the previous six weeks.

"They lured me in, coaxed me and even chose my song all with the intention of setting me up for a fall. I am really shocked at the lengths they will go to to set people up for humiliation.

"They knew I had a bit of attitude on stage - which is nothing like I am in real life. When Gary Barlow told me I was just a Pink tribute act I was stunned - that's exactly what the producers asked me to be.

"They mocked me and made fun out of what I do for a living."

Zoe, 22, says she regrets her reaction - in which she struck a female producer, threw her microphone at the judges and called them all ***** - but was stunned when the police turned up to arrest her.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I don't really remember what happened but I gave her a push - not a punch as some said. It was caught on CCTV and was caused by frustration. I shouldn't have done it.

"I made an immediate public apology to the woman, the judges and most of all the audience for my bad language because I don't swear normally.

"But I was amazed when the police knocked on my door the next day and arrested me.

"But they were really nice and didn't handcuff me - and I was only in a cell for a few minutes."


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