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"X-Factor" Contestant

Pressing On After Father Dies

10/6/2011 1:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Stacy Francis X-Factor
42-year-old "X-Factor" contestant and single mom Stacy Francis was rocked to the core two weeks ago -- after learning her father had died -- but after an agonizing inner struggle, she's decided to continue with the show.

Stacy made it to round two last month -- receiving unanimous approval from the judges for her blowout audition (below) -- but soon after launching into the "X-Factor" boot camp, she received news her father had unexpectedly passed.
 
Sources close to Stacy tell TMZ -- Stacy strongly considered quitting the show to be with her family -- but ultimately decided to stay ... believing that's what her father would have wanted.

One source tells us, “it has been such an emotional roller coaster for her.”

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OnlineCriticChick    

I verified *truth* - he/she is right, Stacy was a singer before, and even more so she is a Scientology worshipper, not saying it changes how I feel, but x factor shouldnt make it look like she is a 40 yr old undiscovered amazing talent when she was previously in a girl band named X for short. not sure how i feel now.

1116 days ago
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SantaFeJack    

Is that a stud in her lower lip?

1116 days ago
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steve    

Imreally getting sick of this contestant and her pimping...and the constant portrayal (false I might add) as a stay at home mom who just woke up one day and decided to sing. Google her people...Stacy Francis has been a star on Broadway in various shows...She even originated a role on Footloose the Musical. She's not someone who never had a chance and was just some stay at home mom who decided to go audition for XF one day. If the media would report this more, I think there would be a backlash. We already know with all the Simon pimping that she will be in the live shows

1116 days ago
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ME    

I love her she is the best! I hope she wins!!!!

1116 days ago
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Melnick    

Why do you refer to her as a single mom, rather than ex-Broadway performer? She had big parts in big productions like Footloose, so she's not some housewife overcoming a life of hard knocks. Good grief, this is the fakest contestant ever.

1115 days ago
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nicole    

She has a great voice!

1115 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

Heartfelt and good. I wouldn't say it was great.

1115 days ago
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scoobiedoosnacks    

That comment she made, "I don't want to die with the music in me" in the 1st audition pleeeeze! She's been on broadway, sang in the 90's group X-girlfriend, sang with Prince and Chaka Khan, Sang at Tom Cruise Scientology B-day 3 years ago. Was a contestant on BET's Sunday's Best Compeition. Sorry to hear about her father, though.

1114 days ago
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canukeepme happy    

i loved it she took that song and made it hers!! walk by faith and not by sight stacy,you are amazing,talented and beautiful

1111 days ago
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Rob Lail    

Stacy Francis - The song for you to sing is Whitney Houston's Try it on my Own.

1099 days ago
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