'The X Factor' judge L.A. Reid: Singing 'Dreamgirls' song gets auditioneers "automatic no"
UPI News Service, 09/29/2012
"The X Factor" judge L.A. Reid said contestants who sing "And I'm Telling You," from the musical "Dreamgirls" during auditions will get an "automatic no."
"It just gets under my skin," he told The Hollywood Reporter Friday. "Everybody knows it on the panel, as soon as somebody starts singing that song, it's an automatic no."
The Epic Records chairman and chief executive officer said if he were auditioning for the show, he'd sing "When Doves Cry" by Prince, "and I would win."
"And by the way, I would sing it in boot camp and I would sing it in finals, and I would win. I would be a one-trick pony, and I would only do one song: 'When Doves Cry.'"
Reid said he doesn't like having the reputation as the nice guy on "The X Factor."
"Season one I was way too friendly, and then season two I ended up even nicer," he said. "I'm one of those guys that really despises nice people. I don't like seeing myself in nice mode. I wanna be mean."