Astro, Astro, Astro.
Last night on X-Factor, 15 year old, Brooklyn phenom rapper Astro was surprisingly voted into the bottom two, and was dangerously close to elimination. Though this was shocking, his response shocked audience members (and myself) even more.
He was not only visibly upset (which is normal), but he proceeded to throw a tantrum and show a very different side of his personality than what we are used to.
Excerpted from ThisIs50.com:
Brian Bradley aka The Astronomical Kid, showed that he’s still got some growing up to do after melting down on X-Factor yesterday.
The 15-year old Brooklyn MC found himself in the bottom two of the competition this week along with 42-year old Stacy Francis. The two were asked to sing/rap so the judges could vote for who they wanted to remain in the competition, but Astro’s heart wasn’t in it.
“On the real, I really don’t wanna perform. I really don’t think it’s necessary,” he said before turning to L.A. Reid. “But I’mma leave it up to you. You’re my mentor. Do you think I should perform?“
Reid encouraged him to perform, telling him that he had come a long way in the competition.
After performing Never Can Say Goodbye by The Jackson 5, it was time for Astro to face the judges panel of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Reid and Nicole Scherzinger.
“Astro I thought you came out and you acted a little bit like a quitter and it upset me,” Reid told him. “Because you’re too talented and you’ve come too far than to come out and give a lackluster performance after all the great performances you’ve given. Is that fair?“
Nicole and Paula were not as harsh, but Cowell didn’t hold back.
“I don’t like your attitude right now. So, just do me a favor and stop folding your arms, look at me and think about your mom watching this show,” Cowell said. “Because you are showing disrespect to your mom, you’re showing disrespect to the audience at home, and I don’t like people with this attitude.“
By now the audience had started to turn against him, but Astro was still defiant.
“No disrespect to you or this show, but I just feel like if you’re going to put me in the bottom two, I don’t want to perform for people who don’t want me here, you know what I’m saying? That’s it,” Astro said while trying to fight back tears.
After a vote of 3-1, with Scherzinger voting in favor of Stacy, the judges decided to keep Astro although Cowell said he really didn’t want to.
View his reactions here:
I suppose what bothered me the most is that I know this kid, I grew up with this kid, I probably was this kid at one point. He was so upset that he lashed out at the people who loved him the most. His fans. As an avid watcher of this show and other voter based reality shows, when a very talented artist has a good night and STILL ends up in the bottom two, usually the voters have gotten lazy. Not that it was a direct attack on him, they just didn’t vote.
Unfortunately, Astro took it super personal, and started blaming it on everyone around him.
He is 15 years old and lacks the maturity to handle this type of platform. Instead of attacking everyone around him from the judges, to his fans, he should have taken a sip of humble juice and performed his heart out. It was already in the cards that he would beat Stacy Francis, but his reaction to it all may have ruined his chances of winning the competition. It is a tough life lesson to learn, but hopefully he will understand the damage his actions may have caused.
Growing up in Brooklyn, all you CAN do is be tough! We all have to be tough, it’s a tough city!
Unfortunately, his “toughness” may have cost him the biggest opportunity of his life. There is a time to turn off all that “toughness” and sadly for him, he did not.
My hope is that America doesn’t hold his temper tantrum against him, and that he is given a real second chance to be appreciated for his talents.
Do you think Astro has a chance?