Video: Willis Earl Beal On “The X-Factor”

willis earl beal Video: Willis Earl Beal On The X Factor

If you know Willis Earl Beal‘s story, the last place you’d expect to see him is on a reality TV show. He’s a withdrawn, wonderfully odd character, from what we can gather from reading about him, listening to the music, and talking to him on the phone. But here he is on The X Factor. Willis didn’t make it past the “bootcamp” round of the show, but he did manage to catch the attention of the right people, because he’s now on XL Recordings and planning to release his album on April 3rd.

At one point Willis basically—in a lot of words—says that he’d like to win to prove that someone with substance can prevail in what’s perceived as a shallow competition full of “fluff.”

Willis: 1
X-Factor: 0 

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(Disco Naivete)

  • http://www.pigeonsandplanes.com Constant Gardner

    what an amazing man

  • Tyler

    He reminds me of Amos Lee, but much cooler, with more ambiguous lyrics, and not as pretty a voice.

  • http://www.thevaughantrapp.tumblr.com Kelli

    That was amazing.

  • cutlery

    bet your most of the x factor viewers watched that and thought he was weird