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'X-Factor' Contestant Jillian Jensen Overcomes Bullying: VIDEO

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Yes, this footage from X-Factor is a bit lengthy, but contestant Jillian Jensen's story about moving beyond being bullied and her impeccable performance are worth every second.

Check out Jensen's story of strength and perseverance, as well as her dynamic, emotive talent, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. this girl is the real deal. well met, sister.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 13, 2012 1:34:47 PM


  2. Apparently everyone's been bullied. The reality is only a small minority of kids are bullied in school, most of them are gay. Getting called names a few times is not bullying. I'm just sick of people trying to claim victim status as a result of the "It Gets Better" campaign launched two years ago to help bullied gay kids.

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 13, 2012 1:38:36 PM


  3. Chill Bill, `bully` isn't just reserved for gays.

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Sep 13, 2012 1:42:03 PM


  4. While I have to agree with Bill that way too many people/celebrities claim to have been bullied, this girl seems genuine in that claim.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 13, 2012 1:51:13 PM


  5. @Bill, apparently you're an expert on bullying. Words will hurt more than actions and these will carry on through a lifetime sometimes. Some kids are more resilient than others, but the fact is that sometimes words hurt so much that these drive young adults to commit suicide. Shame on you.

    Posted by: Hector | Sep 13, 2012 1:56:59 PM


  6. @Bill, apparently you're an expert on bullying. Words will hurt more than actions and these will carry on through a lifetime sometimes. Some kids are more resilient than others, but the fact is that sometimes words hurt so much that these drive young adults to commit suicide. Shame on you.

    Posted by: Hector | Sep 13, 2012 1:57:02 PM


  7. While I liked the SOUND of the song that she sang, I couldn't understand a single word. Could someone tell me what the song was?

    Posted by: Rhea | Sep 13, 2012 2:37:01 PM


  8. While I'm hate hearing stories of anyone being bullied, why do contestants on these stupid talent shows always have to tell a sob story to try to get the judges in their favor? Just display the talent you claim you have.

    Posted by: Sob Stories | Sep 13, 2012 3:19:31 PM


  9. re: why people tell their sob stories

    well....you can always see it as trying to win over judges and audience via Sympathy....

    OR

    you can see it as someone sending a message of Hope to those out there dealing with a daily struggle of insecurity and fear.

    never underestimate the power of such messages. i know full well how much they inspired me.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 13, 2012 3:27:17 PM


  10. Ironic that she would appear on this show hosted by a guy who has made a living being a professional bully.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Sep 13, 2012 4:45:35 PM


  11. PDX Guy, that's a very good point! Kind of ironic, huh? ;)

    LittleKiwi, how is hearing a sob story during an audition from someone trying to become famous supposed to inspire a bullied kid? Please, it was nothing more than an attempt to get the judges to feel sorry for her and go easy on her. I would believed she was telling her story for something other than pity points if she had waiting until later down the line.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 13, 2012 5:15:05 PM


  12. @Steve, I agree. Although I think this girl was really bullied, it seems EVERY singing show competitor has some sort of sob story that they try to sell you to gain votes. It's annoying.

    Posted by: Luke | Sep 13, 2012 5:52:41 PM


  13. This moment reminded me of another contestant from the 1st season. Stacy I think was her name actually was pretty good vocal wise and I don't think this contestant really had it last night, but we'll see.
    Her story of being bullied was very sad and touching. It is a story that needs to shared IMO.

    Posted by: ChadSF | Sep 13, 2012 6:05:15 PM


  14. simple, steve - when one has been through their own challenges and speaks about them from a place free of fear, it's inspiring.

    just because you as an adult, with a tad of cynicism in your view, isn't moved by it doesn't mean that something like this doesn't strike a profound and powerful chord to many young people.

    it's as if someone of you have already forgotten what it felt like to be a teen.

    many times the victims of bullying cower away and feel as if they'll never rise above it. this young lass shows there's a better path - and it doesn't necessarily mean winning a competition - it means standing on your own two feet and trying anyway.

    you're welcome. :)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 13, 2012 6:13:42 PM


  15. Simon has made tons of money being a bully. It does get better!

    Posted by: steve | Sep 13, 2012 9:35:35 PM


  16. i didn't really care for her raspy singing voice. the 13 year old on the second episode was way better.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 14, 2012 1:01:42 AM


  17. @Hector, while I agree with you on Bill not being an 'expert' on bullying, and I also feel it is silly to claim that being bullied is a gay thing, I do have a problem with the statement "words will hurt more than actions". Words do hurt, and they leave emotional scars, but being physically bullied is worse...Just sayin'...

    Posted by: RD | Sep 16, 2012 1:02:45 AM


  18. @Hector, while I agree with you on Bill not being an 'expert' on bullying, and I also feel it is silly to claim that being bullied is a gay thing, I do have a problem with the statement "words will hurt more than actions". Words do hurt, and they leave emotional scars, but being physically bullied is worse...Just sayin'...

    Posted by: RD | Sep 16, 2012 1:02:46 AM


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