Joe Irvine was verbally attacked live on air by husband and wife judging duo Natalia Kills and Willy Moon after his performance of Michael Buble’s “Cry Me A River”.
“Do you not have any value or respect for originality?” Kills asked, before describing him as “creepy”, “cheesy” and “disgusting”.
@jooe63_joe don't worry about what anyone else says man. Enjoy yourself with it, that's what singing is about, not what other people think— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) March 16, 2015
Sheeran has added his voice to the growing amount of support for the young singer, tweeting to tell Irvine: “Don’t worry about what anyone else says man. Enjoy yourself with it, that’s what singing is about, not what other people think.”
The judges have since been sacked by MediaWorks, the owner of network TV3, after launching into a “destructive tirade” of verbal abuse against the amateur singer on Sunday night.
Two replacement judges are set to take over from Kills and Moon following their dismissal from the show.
I love you all thank you all so much for your support its a big thing to me I really appreciate all the kindness and support— joe irvine (@jooe63_joe) March 16, 2015
“Both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable,” a MediaWorks spokesperson said in a statement. “While the judges on X Factor are expected to provide critiques of the performances, we will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges.”
Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
1/13 He once stole a bottle of extra hot sauce from Nando’s
(The bottle then smashed all over him on the tube)
2/13 He turned the other cheek to hardboy Noel Gallagher
Sheeran invited him to his Wembley gig after Gallagher said he 'couldn't live in a world where Ed Sheeran sold out Wembley Stadium'
3/13 He stood up for Sam Smith when the singer was getting homophobic abuse
After Smith said he was getting hate messages on Twitter, Sheeran responded with a picture of a geek saying 'I bet they are under 12, live in the middle of nowhere, and look like this'
4/13 Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
He’s been ‘technically homeless’ since the age of 17
5/13 Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
He’s mates with Courtney Cox
6/13 Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
He likes to 'start the night with a Jagerbomb'
7/13 Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
He briefly dated Ellie Goulding
8/13 Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
American rappers Rick Ross and Ty Dolla $ign like his song “The A-Team”
9/13 Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
He called Miley Cyrus a ‘stripper’ at the Grammy Awards
10/13 Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
His father is an art historian and his mother is a jewellery maker. Now that’s rock and roll
11/13 Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
He was named the ‘most important act in black and urban music’ in the UK after topping Radio 1Xtra’s Power List
12/13 Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
He wrote a song about an ex-girlfriend cheating on him with one of his mates
13/13 Reasons why Ed Sheeran is not boring
Did we mention he was sofa surfing as a busker-cum-gigger for three years?
Sheeran is no stranger to responding to offensive comments on Twitter.
Earlier this year, the singer replied to Noel Gallagher after the Oasis star commented that he “couldn’t live in a world where Ed Sheeran sold out Wembley Stadium”, writing “I can live in it, its [sic] really enjoyable”.
@IndyMusic i can live in it, its really enjoyable— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) January 13, 2015
He later texted Gallagher to offer him tickets to his Wembley Stadium concert.
Sheeran also defended Sam Smith on Twitter last year after the singer said he was getting hate tweets about his sexuality.