By Olivia B. Waxman
March 16, 2015

Two X Factor New Zealand judges were fired because they went overboard critiquing a contestant’s performance Sunday evening.

British singer Natalia Kills said that 25-year-old Josh Irvine completely copied her husband and fellow judge Willy Moon’s look, calling the so-called reinterpretation “artistically atrocious” and saying, “I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to even dignify you with an answer.” Moon called it “cheap” and “absurd” and said Irvine looked like “you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience.”

In a statement posted on Facebook, TV3 said “Mediaworks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show.” Mediaworks CEO Mark Whedon called the comments “unacceptable,” and added, “We will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges.”

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