Kelly Rowland: US X Factor hopefuls are 'crazier' than in UK

Kelly Rowland insists contestants on US 'X Factor' are more "crazy" and "delusional" than the hopefuls on the UK show

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Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland thinks US 'X Factor' contestants are "crazier" than in the UK.

The 32-year-old singer is a judge on the stateside version of the hit talent show following her one-series stint as a panellist on the UK programme in 2011, and she claims hopefuls across the pond are more "delusional" than their UK counterparts.

When asked about the difference between the shows' contestants, Kelly - who joined Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio to judge the third season of the US 'X Factor' this year - she said: "We get all the crazies. It seems like all the crazies just want to be in America.

"They want to come up there and not know the song, they want to come up there and sound like they're howling and calling for cats, they want to come up there and they're dressed in rainbow costumes ... they are delusional, like literally delusional.

"Like a woman came up there and she said, 'Oh I'm the queen of such and such,' and Simon says, 'Well, where are your bodyguards?' So we start asking questions and you saw those devil horns come out. She's like, 'I'm going to kill you.'

"As soon as they open up their mouths it's almost like, 'Who are your friends? Why are your friends telling you to come on here to make a fool of yourself?' It's just ridiculous."

Luckily for the contestants, Kelly can relate to the pressures of the competition after she "lost really bad" on talent show 'Star Search' in her younger years.

Speaking on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' last night (28.10.13), she said: "We were I think about 12 years old, 12 and 13 years old. Myself and Beyonce, and other members of the group at that time. And basically we lost.

"We went up against this 30-year-old rock band who were great - but we were actually better.

"So the curtains close after we lost and we're like - you know we really lost bad. So as soon as we got back to the hotel rooms our parents say you know you guys can go to Disneyland so we were like okay let's go!"

Kelly Rowland

The former Destiny's Child vocalist now performing solo.

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