Gene Simmons’ Daughter Sophie Auditions For The X Factor
First Published: September 26, 2012 10:12 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- “American Idol” isn’t the only FOX reality singing competition with children of major celebrities stepping up to the audition plate. On Wednesday’s episode of “The X Factor,” Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed’s daughter — Sophie — tested out her pipes in front of the panel, not unlike Jane Carrey (Jim’s daughter) on “Idol” last season.
Sophie, whose parents attended her audition, said she didn’t want to be known as the KISS rocker’s kid, but did confirm who her dad is before singing Adele’s “To Make You Feel My Love.”
“I’m Sophie Tweed-Simmons,” the reality star (from the now-canceled “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”) said when asked by Simon Cowell what her name was.
Judge Demi Lovato was the one who actually revealed the young singer’s music connections.
“That’s where I know you,” Demi said. “You’re Nick’s sister… Nick Simmons, Gene Simmons’ kid.”
Surprised by the revelation, Simon asked, “You’re Gene Simmons’ daughter?”
Sophie, who seemed disappointed her secret was out before she had a chance to sing, nodded.
Asked how her dad felt about the audition, Sophie replied, “They didn’t know I was doing this until yesterday and they’re pretty upset with me.
“I just didn’t want any help,” she added.
While her version of the Adele song was not a home run (based on the judges’ expressions), Sophie managed to do enough with the tune to get some nice praise.
“I think that if you got a little bit more control, you could be really, really great,” Demi commented.
“I think you have an amazing voice,” fellow judge Britney Spears noted.
And Simon too had kind words for the 19-year-old.
“I think you’ve got a very, very interesting tone to your voice. I like the fact that you took on the song. You kind of made it your version. That’s the way to do it,” he said.
The three judges voted to send her through. Just L.A. Reid said, “No.”
After her audition aired, Sophie hit Twitter to thank the fans.
“Thank everyone for your support. I’m not trying to be the best singer I’m just on a journey to be myself,” she Tweeted.
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