Controversial X Factor contestant Honey G was booed after being saved from elimination on Sunday night’s show. This came a day after she disobeyed a reported ban from covering David Bowie on the reality show.
The 35-year-old rapper from Harrow in North-West London – or “North Weezy” as she calls it – has been the major talking point of this year’s series, accused by some critics of “raping” black culture.
On Saturday (October 22), Honey G performed a mash-up of Bowie and Queen classic ‘Under Pressure’ and Vanilla Ice‘s ‘Ice, Ice Baby’, the latter of which originally sampled the former. It came days after reports suggested that she had been banned by Bowie’s estate from covering ‘Under Pressure’. A press representative for David Bowie has declined to comment on the reports to NME.
Watch her performance below.
After being saved from elimination on Sunday, the studio audience were heard booing the decision. Watch in the clip beneath. Singer Relley C was the contestant to be sent home this week.
Honey G has responded to the criticism she has faced, telling The Sun: “Any claims about me being racist are completely false and ridiculous. I’ve been heavily influenced by rap and hip-hop culture and involved in it for a number of years.”
Honey G, real name Anna Georgette Gilford, previously said: “I have been a musician my whole life. I’m a heavyweight producer, I’m not a bedroom producer. I’m the finished article and I’m no different to the likes of Pharrell or Jay-Z. I find it quite insulting that people would think I am a novelty act, but maybe people have a problem with a white woman rapping.”
The controversial reality TV contestant has seen herself accused of being an actress by a member of Little Mix, while also receiving an offer of a duet with Snoop Dogg.