Audrey Madison Turner survived being married to notorious singer/musician Ike Turner. But will she survive boot camp on “The X Factor” U.S.? Madison Turner, Ike Turner’s widow, is one of the featured contestants on “The X Factor” U.S. “boot camp” episodes, reports the New York Post.
Fox will televise the “boot camp” episode of “The X Factor” U.S. on October 5 and October 6, 2011, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time.
Ike Turner died in 2007 of a cocaine overdose at the age of 76. He is believed to have been married at least five times. His most famous marriage was to Tina Turner, who claimed that he physically and emotionally abused her throughout their marriage, which lasted from 1962 to 1978. Ike Turner repeatedly denied that he abused Tina, and he also claimed that his marriage to Tina was never legal.
Madison Turner, who married Ike Turner in 2006, used to be his backup singer. Even though she has several years of experience as a professional singer, she does not have a record deal, so she is eligible to be a contestant on “The X Factor.”
“The X Factor” U.S. is a contest for unsigned solo singers and unsigned vocal groups. Contestants must be at least 12 years old, legal U.S. residents and legally able to work in the United States. The show has a grand prize of $5 million and a record deal with Sony Music.
According to the New York Post:
“No one expected it when Audrey told us who she was married to — it was a huge shock with all of that music history around her,” says a show insider. “She had the crowd on their feet and Simon [Cowell] loved her — she had something to prove and with this show nothing was going to get in her way.”
Madison-Turner, who sang the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” for her audition song, will be featured on both nights’ “Bootcamp” episodes — in which 150 acts will be winnowed down to only 32 acts after a pressure-cooker schedule of rehearsals and performances.
“She was determined that ‘The X Factor’ was going to be her stage, and that it was her time,” says the source, who added that “there was no specific reason” as to why Madison-Turner’s audition wasn’t shown on “The X Factor.”
“Audrey used to be a backing singer for Ike so she got a taste of fame a few years ago when she toured with him,” says the source.
“After Ike died she was devastated and couldn’t sing — but then ‘The X Factor’ came along and Audrey said she wanted to get back on stage and her friends supported her. She really did bring it.”
The 32 acts that survive “The X Factor” boot camp then go on to the next round: the “judges’ homes” stage of the competition, during which “The X Factor” U.S. judges, with the help of guest mentors, decide which acts will become finalists. The finalists perform on live episodes, and the winner is chosen by the public’s voting.