Lillie McCloud, The X Factor's Most Controversial Contestant: "The Only Red Carpet I've Walked On Was One I Vacuumed"

Lillie Nicole McCloud, 54, always dreamed of being a singer. Since she was 5 years old she was singing and dancing around her house inspired by her mother's soulful voice. Originally from Rochester, NY, McCloud has since been an Orlando resident, and her latest mission is vying for her dream on The X Factor. Last night, she performed as one of the show's top ten.

But McCloud's talent, praised by X Factor judges including the notoriously picky Simon Cowell, has also led her into controversy. Some fans of the show have accused McCloud of lying about her past experience as a singer, claiming she's a professional who doesn't belong on an amateur talent competition.

During our phone interview with the singer, McCloud brought up the whole ordeal herself and said she wanted to clear the record.

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Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer for Miami New Times. She nurtured her love of words at Boston College before moving back home to Miami and has been covering arts and culture in the Magic City since 2013.