Vino Alan Speaks Out About His Controversial ‘X Factor’ Elimination
photo: Ray Mickshaw/Fox
photo: Ray Mickshaw/Fox
When Vino spoke to Yahoo!'s Reality Rocks the day after his exit, he refused to seriously entertain the possibility that he'd been set up. But he was still surprisingly candid, talking about butting heads with the show's powers-that-be over his song this week; about not getting the chance to represent himself properly; about the harsh critiques he received from judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato; about the support he got from everyone from Josh Krajcik to Kanye West; and about his disappointment over the show's emphasis on pop music and extreme youth. But he also made it clear that he is grateful for the opportunity, and that with label offers already coming in, he's excited about his future and has definitely not lost his loving feeling for music--or for "The X Factor."
This week, you had a last-minute song switch, and a lot of your fans think that was the cause of your downfall. Do you think the song chosen for you, or the songs you did in general--which were more old soul than modern rock--represented you well?
"I realize, looking back, that I didn't get to show the diversity of my range. I play a lot of instruments--the original plan was to play piano on my song this week--and I've written for years and won awards. But I ended up leaving the show after doing songs from the '60s and '70s--nothing that showed my relevance since my version of 'Sober' by Pink [at the Judges' Houses]. I didn't even do anything from this decade, something modern, something that showed where I would be relevant today in the music industry. I realize I could have fought more, after talking to [Season 1 runner-up] Josh Krajcik last night."
Oh? What did Josh tell you?
"He said he had to fight a lot for his songs last year. He told my mother and me he was a fan of mine, and that I should fight for song choices. But I'll be damned if it wasn't too late."
You actually seemed pretty upset during your rehearsal footage Wednesday, and you said you wanted to do Alex Clare's "Too Close" this week. It didn't seem like you didn't put up a fight at all....
"Well, I didn't test the waters to see, what if I buck up? What if I rear up and go, 'Dude, don't put me in this position'? It's actually funny that you guys saw me punch a wall in Boot Camp, because I'm usually so Zen; I don't go there a lot. I'm pretty even-keel. So I didn't go that far this week."
Several contestants on this show besides you--Arin Ray and Lyric 145 especially--have said that they got song choices that didn't accurately represent who they are as artists. It seems to be a common complaint on this show. Do you agree?