X-Factor UK Hopeful Punched In The Face By Simon Cowell

Caitlyn Vanbeck, an 18-year old student, wowed X-Factor UK judges with her knockout audition performance of Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Piece by Piece.’ Week after week she has continued to impress the judges, including rock star judge Simon Cowell. 

Simon, a known for his brilliant ear for talent, told Vanbeck that she reminded him of the first time he heard Kelly Clarkson on ‘American Idol.’ 

Each of Vanbeck’s X-Factor performances has garnered her more and more attention around the globe. But, it’s what happened following the show’s most recent episode that really has everyone talking. 

Following the Six Chair Challenge episode in which two hopefuls are pitted against each other with one earning a place in the competition and the other sent home, Simon Cowell made his way to the stage to congratulate the 6 girls who had made it through. As the 50-year old judge reached out to hug the group he accidentally punched Caitlyn Vanbeck in the face. 

According to British press, Vanbeck handled the situation like a pro, joking that she might “press charges”.

When asked the question by a viewer, she responded: “Yeah, maybe. He’s got a lot of money.”

Watch the video of the incident below. 

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