Sophie Tweed-Simmons, daughter of KISS frontman Gene Simmons, auditioned for “The X Factor” on Wednesday night’s episode.
Sophie Tweed-Simmons said several times during her pre-interview that she didn’t want to be known as “Gene Simmon’s daughter,” but it was all she talked about.
It’s how she introduced herself when she was waiting on line with her father and then introduced herself by first and last name, something most contestants don’t do, when she went on to “The X Factor” stage.
When she first walked out she was a regular, pretty 19-year-old girl, but after she said the name Simmons, judge Demi Lovato instantly lit up and pointed her finger at the reality star and exclaimed, “I knew you looked familiar. That’s Gene Simmon's daughter.”
It was clear that the look on all the judges’ faces changed once they realized who was going to be auditioning for them.
Simon Cowell commended her for trying to make a name for herself without the help of her father. Then she unconvincingly said, "I want to be my own person."
Tweed-Simmons did a rendition of Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Cowell typically rolls his eyes whenever he hears someone is going to be doing an Adele song, but he probably let it slide because Sophie is “Gene Simmons' daughter.”
L.A. Reid wasn’t impressed and didn’t give the socialite a yes.
But Demi Lovato and Britney Spears instantly said “yes” to Sophie in addition to Cowell giving the final and third yes.
Cowell probably knows that having her on the show would be good for ratings, especially since it seemed the show was trying to play Tara Simon, a 27-year-old vocal coach, against Tweed-Simmons.
The entire time Tara Simon was talking down about Sophie and was even filmed saying that the only reason she made it through the next round was because of her father’s status in the music business.
Whether or not the drama between the two ladies has been fabricated, it should be noted that Simon’s “X Factor” performance was lackluster and that Cowell turned to the other judges and noted that she was going to bring drama to the show.