Clarissa ‘Cashmere’ Cheatham Leaves Much to Be Desired in ‘X Factor’ Audition
Clarissa Cheatham, a 27-year-old office worker from Philadelphia, has a smile that lights up a room. Unfortunately, her voice would clear one. Cheatham, who introduced herself as "Cashmere," told the judges she has been singing since she was a little girl and recently got encouragement from friends, family and strangers in karaoke bars to come and audition for 'X Factor.'
Saying her favorite recording artist was Mariah Carey, it would only make sense that Cheatham would sing Carey's 1996 smash hit 'Always Be My Baby.' As Cheatham launched into her pitchy version of Carey's song, we have to assume Clarissa probably sounds better to the patrons of a karaoke bar who are four or five drinks deep. While Cheatham struggled to hit those high Mariah-like notes, judge Paula Abdul signaled to have the music stopped.
Simon Cowell began his critique by saying, "When you said that people scream after you sing karaoke I don’t think that was because ..." The usual stone-faced Cowell then broke into laughter saying, "I’m sorry. It’s just one of those days."
The judges kindly told Cheatham she would not be moving onto the next round, with Simon adding at the end, "Not many people have got your smile. That’s a good thing. I’m going to have to say no."
We guess our wait for Cashmere's self-titled debut album continues.