They say it’s never too late and 54-year-old Lillie McCloud can certainly attest to that. She’s the frontrunner on “The X Factor” and a surprise discovery who has thrilled judges and fans with her beautiful voice and towering Afro. But this is not McCloud’s first time at the rodeo. Though unknown to the vast majority of today’s music fans, as Nicole McCloud, she had several dance hits in the 90’s and released three albums. So maybe not a totally brand new discovery, but still and all, McCloud seems poised to walk away from “The X Factor” with new name recognition and a chance to use the show as a vehicle for superstardom.
Some things just need time to come to fruition but so far, McCloud, a grandmother of seven (and one on the way) who hails from Orlando, Fl., is the show’s breakout star. But her crowning has seen its share of delays – the World Series, also airing on Fox, has moved ‘The X Factor” schedule around and McCloud says contestants aren’t even sure about timing.
“We don’t even know. They’ve changed so many things around this year. It’s going to continue going on through the third week of December. It’s really exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.”
The show’s first live telecast is now Tuesday, October 29 at 8 p.m., moved to accommodate Game 5 of an all tied up World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. So far, McCloud been one of the biggest surprises on any reality singing competition – the biggest surprise since “Britain’s Got Talent’s” Susan Boyle was discovered at 47.
But naysayers think that McCloud had an unfair advantage as she has already been a recording artists with hits on the dance charts. Although she’s no longer singing songs in that genre, some feel her “discovery” was manufactured for TV.
“That’s what ‘The X Factor’ is about – bringing back careers that didn’t quite make it or discovering new talent. They ask you questions about everything you’ve ever done and your whole history. As long as you don’t have a contract now and you’ve had quite a distance of time go by without having any kind of contract. As for Lillie, Simon started calling me that. I would prefer to go by Nicole because that was my stage name for so long, but I thought I guess I’m Lillie then.”
McCloud did have an international hit with “Don’t You Want My Love,” but says she wasn’t going to get much farther than what it was – a top 3 Dance hit.
“I just believe it wasn’t’ my time,” McCloud says.
Well, Lillie McCloud, looks like your time has come.
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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