Stacy Francis, the 42-year-old single mother who has been an early "X Factor" favorite ever since her dramatic "Natural Woman" audition was featured in a Fox teaser promo, has one of the bigger, more elaborated-upon sob stories this "X Factor" season. A victim of a turbulent marriage to an emotional bully, some mean man who discouraged her from following her dreams and told her she was "too old," Stacy now sees "The X Factor" as her one last shot in show business. But now Stacy has suffered another personal setback: TMZ is reporting that her father has died, just as she is gearing up for a crucial stage of the competition.
According to TMZ, Stacy's father passed away two weeks ago, and she seriously considered leaving "The X Factor" to spend time with her grieving family. But she ultimately decided to soldier on, because she felt her father would not have wanted her give up. "It has been such an emotional rollercoaster for her," an unnamed source told TMZ.Read More »from ‘X Factor’ Hard-Luck Contestant Stacy Francis Nearly Quits Show After Father’s Death