X Factor "Autotune Attacker" explains his side of the story



To LA Reid: "Who the heck are you? Babyface gave you your job!"


Anyone who tuned in for the season 2 premiere of The X Factor took saw Shawn Armenta (50-year-old musician and airport baggage worker), who performed his original song "Candy Girl"—complete with a robo-funk choreography routine—then accused Demi Lovato of using Auto-Tune before exiting the stage.

Interview Summary:


- Claims Britney watches his videos and copies his work.
- Claims they were boo-ing the judges, not him.
- Is an airport baggage worker.
- Attacked LA Reid: "Who the heck are you? Babyface gave you your job!"
- Claims he plays every instrument.
- Says he has 48 songs on iTunes and has 40 years experience.
- Slams teens who claim "they wanted it their whole life".
- Says he goes by many stage names: Shawn Armenta, Freddy Krewger, Dude Offline.
- Says he has a new song out called "Thursday" starring a Rebecca Black lookalike.
- Simon's insults reminds him of his dad's insults, so he doesn't mind.



I understand you're at work now, so thanks for taking time out of your schedule.
I didn't even realize I was on television until Sunday night when a friend said they saw me on TV in a commercial. I never thought they'd air what I said to Demi, Britney and L.A. Reid.

What did you say to Britney Spears that made her so uncomfortable?
She was mad at me because I sang my song "Candy Girl" and I introduced it as a song about picking up cute girls in a bar. And she got offended that I was singing this to kids in the audience and the "it's degrading to women" type of thing. So she took this whole attitude that I was creepy. So I told her, "Britney, I'm working the camera here." And I told her to stop copying me. She's watched my videos before. I'm afraid to divulge certain things because I don't know if I should yet.

The Aired Audition:



Do you think they edited it unfairly?
They edited it to fit their needs for controversy. They didn't show any of the applause after I was done. What actually happened was that I shut them down for three to five minutes, because they were getting booed. The panel was getting booed. And they couldn't show that on television. But it's all good, it's television: It's done for entertainment and fun and ratings.

When you accused Demi Lovato of using Auto-Tune, were you planning on saying that ahead of time?
I was mad at what L.A. Reid said to me and Demi Lovato got in the middle of it. I work for the airline, I'm a ramper—I load bags. He basically told me I'm a lowlife and all I'll ever be is a lowlife and that I have no business being here. He said I could go back to my lowlife job where I belong. So I got really mad like, "Who the heck are you? Babyface gave you your job." That's when Demi Lovato butted in. I've been in the business doing this kind of thing for 30 years. I play every instrument. Demi was just in the way and that insult came off my head subconsciously. It was really toward L.A., but she butted in. And she doesn't have the experience I have working New York comedy clubs and performing. I've had 48 songs on iTunes [under various names Shawn Armenta, Freddy Krewger and Dude Offline].

Were you expecting to get further in the competition?
I was mad I didn't go further because I spent a lot of time on my routine. [Ed note: In the broadcast he said he'd been preparing for more than a year.] I was angry because I thought I'd go much further than that. I mentioned that to them. You're trying to make someone your star who says, "I'm 16 years old, I've wanted this my whole life!" How would these kids know? They've had a few minutes doing this, and here you got someone like me who has been doing this for 40 years, and has given everything up. That is their life. They [teenagers] do not know what their lives are. I know what mine is.

What kind of music do you have coming up?
Right now I have a song called "Thursday" and there's an actress in it that looks like Rebecca Black. It's really quite funny, it's a parody. I'm actually the drummer and lead guitarist in it.

Did you take anything positive away from the experience?
I actually had a fun experience. Simon cracks me up, because he's like my dad. That's why he doesn’t offend me because my dad does that to me all the time. He's just like that. That's why I work hard.

You can check out Armenta's YouTube channel right here.

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