Lillie McCloud (Fox)
Lillie McCloud, the "X Factor" contestant from Orlando, has opened up about her history as a recording artist.
"I do want to let the public know that I am for sure not hiding who I am," McCloud, a 54-year-old grandmother, tells Yahoo Music.
"The X Factor" presented her in Wednesday's premiere as a singer seizing a new opportunity. Judge Kelly Rowland asked, "Where you been hiding?"
The Fox singing contest didn't reveal that McCloud, the mother of three and grandmother of seven, had hits when performing as Nicole McCloud. In fact, Nicole had 10 singles on the Billboard Dance chart. Those hits include "Don't You Want My Love" in 1986 and "Runnin' Away" in 1994, according to the website mjsbigblog
So Fox had heavily edited her past. What about that?
"I really don't know the answer to that," McCloud told Yahoo Music. "When I would ask that question, I would be told, 'This is what's important, this is how we want to do it.' "
So what do viewers make of the news?
My friend Theresa Corigliano summed up the situation: "Frankly, as soon as she opened her mouth, I thought something was fishy. Too polished, too professional. ... But who covered it up -- the contestant or the show, for the added drama?"
Fox wasn't talking last week.
McCloud quit the music business in 2004 and found God in recent years, Yahoo Music reports. Now she is aiming for bringing a new style to gospel music.
"Although I'm in the secular world singing secular music, my objective is to go into gospel, but gospel as it's never been known before," she told Yahoo Music. "I'm not going take off my catsuit if I feel like wearing it. I want to show the young kids that you can have a party and really get down with gospel."
So "X Factor" viewers should understand what seems to be the real story. The Fox singing contest isn't helping a grandma who never had a chance. The show is helping a dance artist become a gospel singer.
Are you down with that?