Tori Kelly Says Simon Cowell Called Her Voice ‘Annoying’ During ‘Idol’ Stint

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Ummm, who knew, Tori Kelly was on American Idol…when Simon Cowell was still a judge no less. Simon didn’t have the best words for Tori –he called her ‘almost annoying’ during the semi-finals before she was let go. “Deep down, I knew I was good, and I knew I could do it. I needed to get knocked down and to build up a thick skin. Who knows what I would have been singing about otherwise? You have to go through things in order to inspire others with your story.”

And no she’s not dating Ed Sheeran.“I knew that was coming, but no. Working with him was a really cool experience because I was a fan and I didn’t know how it would go, but right away he made it super-chill. Ever since then, he’s been someone I consider a friend and even a mentor.”

But how did Tori deal with her manager calling her boring. “He told me, ‘People are saying you are vanilla and that you have nothing to say.’ I was like, Whoa. I remembered record-label guys telling me I was really reserved when I was younger. Like, ‘Wake up, you should be bubbly and happy!’ And I was thinking, But this is my personality; I’m just chilling. So I went right back to being that little girl who was just so freaked out. I acted as if I didn’t care, but I went home that night and just poured all the feelings that I was holding back into my music. That’s how ‘Unbreakable Smile’ came to be.”

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