Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke Talks ‘X Factor’ Audition: ‘It Wasn’t Like They Edited It’
Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke took some time away from her girl group duties to make an appearance on Live With Ryan Ries, where she opened up in an entirely heartfelt, occasionally tear-filled interview about being born premature, her upbringing, her faith and her rise to fame as one-fifth of 5H.
Of the many revelatory details of their insightful discussion, Ally revealed that she didn't feel her X Factor USA audition experience was represented accurately on TV.
"It was really, truly one of the greatest moments of my life," she prefaced the story before going into detail.
"What was crazy was my audition was actually edited, and I had a hard time with that. You know, TV, they want to edit however they want to edit it for drama or whatever. They edited me to look like somebody I was not. Somebody who was in it for the wrong reasons — it just didn't look like me, the way they edited it. I did not know that. I was so new to the TV world."
She went on to explain what the audience didn't see during her audition: "I talked about being a premie, I talked about my mom, and they didn't use it. I was so upset. They portrayed it wrong. They portrayed the audition wrong, too. Simon [Cowell] wasn't annoyed. The judges weren't annoyed. They didn't roll their eyes. My family was backstage watching all the monitors. That didn't happen."
Based on what aired on TV, the audience — and the judges — all seemed to be rolling their eyes at Ally after she continued singing past the song's ending.
But that just wasn't the case, according to Ally: "I didn't stop singing because I felt the song so much. I felt the spirit so much. I just kept singing because they kept the music off...of course, Simon was like 'Okay, Ally!', but it was in a funny way...it wasn't like they edited it."
Watch above to see Ally speak about her X Factor experience, as well as the full interview — which offers a much more in-depth and emotional look at her experience growing up — with Ryan Ries up top.
And for comparison, watch what we saw on X Factor back in 2012 below.
The Evolution of Fifth Harmony, from X Factor USA to Today: