It's certainly been a busy week for Sinéad O'Connor.
The Irish singer – who got into a war of words with Miley Cyrus earlier this week after reaching out to the 20-year-old in an open letter advising her not to "prostitute" herself – is now worrying about the death of rock 'n' roll.
And she knows who killed it – Simon Cowell.
In an interview on The Late Late Show in Ireland on Friday, the 46-year-old blasted the X Factor judge.
Overly confident singers had a rough night on The X Factor on Thursday as judge Demi Lovato and her team of girls continued the Four Chair Challenge that began the night before.
Primrose Martin, a full-time student from Las Vegas, hit the stage with confidence to spare for her spirited performance of "Blame It on the Boogie," but the judges found the performance off-putting.
"There's something about you that comes off as too confident," Lovato told the 20-year-old. "It kind of just rubs me the wrong way."
Simon Cowell was also unimpressed. "That was actually beyond awful," he said. "Seriously, seriously dreadful."
It was like the ultimate Hunger Games version of musical chairs.
The X Factor rolled out its new Four Chair Challenge on Wednesday, which sees the top 10 contestants in each category compete for four coveted spots and the chance to move onto the live competition.
The Over 25s were the first group to sing for mentor and judge Kelly Rowland, and she quickly filled her four chairs with the first four contestants to perform.
But as the remaining six hopefuls performed, Rowland had the option to bump a singer from one of the chairs (eliminating them from the competition) and replace them with a teammate – and that's when the cut-throat musical chairs began.
The X Factor already has its top 40.
Ten acts for each of the four categories – boys, girls, over 25s and groups – were chosen on Thursday's show and will be advancing to a brand new elimination round called the "Four-Chair Challenge," (not to be confused with The Voice).
So who made the cut? Keep reading to find out ...
A bold marriage proposal, a painfully shy singer with a stunning voice and a powerhouse professional women's football player highlighted the fifth night of auditions Wednesday on The X Factor.
A nervous, red-faced Tim Olstad, 23, of Winona, Minn., who had trouble holding the microphone steady and answering a question from Demi Lovato about the wildest thing he'd done in his life, said, "I don't know if I can do this. I've doubted myself in the past."
But Olstad let his stunning voice do all the talking.
It's been a week full of emotional performances on The X Factor.
After South Carolina teen Carlos Guevara – a 16-year old with Tourette syndrome – wowed the judges Wednesday night with his version of "Gravity" by John Mayer, contestant Ashly Williams delivered another tear-jerker on Thursday's show with her moving rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."
Williams, 24 – who was just 14 years old when her mother was murdered – dedicated the stunning performance to her deceased mother, whose birthday anniversary was just a few days after the audition.
Last year, there were days Carlos Guevara could barely make it through a full day of classes because of his Tourette syndrome, but thanks to his love of music, the X Factor contestant is ready to take center stage.
"At the beginning of my freshman year I was on the football team and was elected vice president of the entire school. It seemed like my life was perfect but then all of a sudden it was like a storm," says Guevara, 16, who was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder when he was 12, but did not show major symptoms of verbal outbursts or physical tics until later.
"On bad days, I looked like a broken robot. I didn't have command of my own body."
Carlos Guevara, a 16-year-old with Tourette syndrome, provided the emotional high point of The X Factor on Wednesday with a version of "Gravity" by John Mayer that the judges deemed a true force of nature.
The South Carolina teen – a former football player and student body vice president who had to leave school briefly because of his neurological disorder, which he says "affects my life every day" – tried "every medicine in the book, and the only thing that helped was music," he said.
Simon Cowell has enjoyed a career of being Mr. Mean on TV – and a personal life of yachts and parties, not marriage and babies.
So no one could have predicted last month's news that the confirmed bachelor was expecting a child with Lauren Silverman. Not even Cowell himself.
"I didn't think it was going to happen," he admits. "But you have to deal with it as a man: Let it happen naturally."
The show-stopping performances continued on The X Factor Thursday night.
Rylie Brown, 15, of Lee's Summit, Mo., was the first contestant to charm the judges with her version of Zedd's "Clarity." Although she forgot some of the lyrics, the smiley-faced singer earned a standing ovation from the audience and the judges.
"I absolutely love you," Simon Cowell told her. "You are one to watch. I really mean that."
Simon's fellow judges agreed: Paulina Rubio told Rylie her life was "about to change forever," and Kelly Rowland added, "I want you to be here, with us."