Being the daughter of infamous Kiss member Gene Simmons can’t be easy, especially when your life has been showcased on a reality show and your mother is Shannon Tweed. But Sophie Simmons decided she wanted to take the stage at “The X Factor” and show the judges that she’s more than just a celebrity’s kid.
After choosing a particularly difficult song in terms of competing with the original–Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love”–Sophie chose to tell her parents she was auditioning just a day before she graced the stage, wanting to keep their protests to a minimum. But however they may have felt about her decision, they both accompanied her and waited backstage while she performed.
Although it’s hard to believe that the judges had no idea ahead of time that Gene Simmons was in the building with his daughter, they seemed surprised to learn who she was. Sophie insisted that she “didn’t want any help”, and that was the reason she hadn’t wanted to tell her parents what she was doing.
The 19-year old got good reviews from the judges, with Simon seeming the most impressed. Demi Lovato said she wanted to see Sophie gain “more control” over her voice, while Britney praised her. L.A. Reid was the only one who didn’t seem blown away, and gave her a no, but the other three judges sent her through to the next round.
“I didn’t know how badly I wanted it until I was up there,” a tearful Sophie said.