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Former X Factor contestant Ariel Burdett has died aged 38, friends say

Former X Factor contestant Ariel Burdett has died aged 38, friends say… 11-years after auditioning in front of Simon Cowell

  • Ariel appeared on the show in 2008 but did not make it past the audition stage 
  • Her encounter with the judges was one of the strangest in the show’s history
  • Ariel ripped off her label when she walked into the room and said she was a ‘human being, not a number’
  • She left the judges open-mouthed with her performance, with Simon Cowell telling her: ‘That was a complete and utter nightmare’
  • Her death was announced on Facebook by friend Reza Bagheri 

A former X Factor contestant has died at the age of 38, according to reports. 

Ariel Burdett, who appeared on the show in 2008, died earlier this month but her cause of death is not yet known. 

Ariel, whose real name was Amy, had one of the most infamous auditions in X Factor history. 

Former X Factor contestant Ariel Burdett has died at the age of 38, according to reports

Her death, which was initially reported by the Daily Star, was announced by a friend on her Facebook page. 

She described herself in her audtion as a ‘holistic vocal coach’. 

On appearing before the judges, she ripped off her label and said she was a ‘human being, not a number’. 

After her wild performance, in which she left the judges open-mouthed, Simon Cowell told her: ‘That was a complete and utter nightmare.’

Ariel, who appeared on the show in 2008, died earlier this month but her cause of death is not yet known

Ariel, who appeared on the show in 2008, died earlier this month but her cause of death is not yet known

Ariel then tried to defend herself by saying, ‘the idea behind it was that you get to understand that every line was a different style. 

But Simon brutally replied: ‘I don’t care’.

Ariel insisted that she was a ‘specialist, not a generalist’ and that her performance was ‘not something to be liked’ but rather something ‘to be understood from an academic perspective’.

Cheryl, who was also a judge on the show alongside Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue, added: ‘If I came to you for holistic [coaching] I would be scared of you, you’re actually really quite scary. 

Schocked: Ariel had one of the most infamous auditions in X Factor history and left the judges open-mouthed with her performance (pictured: Simon Cowell during her audition)

Schocked: Ariel had one of the most infamous auditions in X Factor history and left the judges open-mouthed with her performance (pictured: Simon Cowell during her audition) 

Ariel described herself as a 'holistic voice coach' but Cheryl, then a judge on the show, said she was 'scared' of her

Ariel described herself as a ‘holistic voice coach’ but Cheryl, then a judge on the show, said she was ‘scared’ of her

‘The way you walked over to me I thought we were going to have a scrap.

But an undeterred Ariel simply replied that Cheryl had ‘never been a rock singer then’. 

Before being escorted out by security, Ariel rounded off her audition by telling the judges to ‘shove a bit of metal right up your a**’.  

Before being escorted out by security, Ariel rounded off her audition by telling the judges to 'shove a bit of metal right up their a**'

Before being escorted out by security, Ariel rounded off her audition by telling the judges to ‘shove a bit of metal right up their a**’

Strange: Ariel insisted she was a 'specialist, not a generalist' and that her performance was 'not something to be liked' but rather something 'to be understood from an academic perspective'

Strange: Ariel insisted she was a ‘specialist, not a generalist’ and that her performance was ‘not something to be liked’ but rather something ‘to be understood from an academic perspective’

Aggressive: Before being escorted out by security after getting four nos, Ariel told the judges: 'shove a bit of metal right up your a**'

Aggressive: Before being escorted out by security after getting four nos, Ariel told the judges: ‘shove a bit of metal right up your a**’

Ariel reportedly changed her name to Arabella Starchild after her audition. 

In the post announcing her death, friend Reza Bagheri wrote: Unfortunately Ara has passed away.’

He then advised those who wanted to go to her funeral to get in touch with her brother.    

One tribute to the aspiring singer read: ‘Ariel Burdett is gone. What a loss.’

Another posted: ‘I can’t believe that she died… rest in peace, Ariel Burdett.’

Sad: The aspiring singer's death was announced by a friend on Facebook

Sad: The aspiring singer’s death was announced by a friend on Facebook

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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