Top Stories

Tori Kelly Reacts to Simon Cowell Calling Her Voice 'Almost Annoying'

Tori Kelly Reacts to Simon Cowell Calling Her Voice 'Almost Annoying'

Tori Kelly gets her close up on the cover of Seventeen magazine’s February 2016 issue, on newsstands January 5.

Here’s what the 23-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:

On Simon Cowell deeming her voice “almost annoying” and being ousted before semifinals on American Idol: “Deep down, I knew I was good, and I knew I could do it. I needed to get knocked down and to build up a thick skin. Who knows what I would have been singing about otherwise? You have to go through things in order to inspire others with your story.”

On whether she and Ed Sheeran are more than friends: “I knew that was coming, but no. Working with him was a really cool experience because I was a fan and I didn’t know how it would go, but right away he made it super-chill. Ever since then, he’s been someone I consider a friend and even a mentor.”

On dealing with her manager saying she was boring: “He told me, ‘People are saying you are vanilla and that you have nothing to say.’ I was like, Whoa. I remembered record-label guys telling me I was really reserved when I was younger. Like, ‘Wake up, you should be bubbly and happy!’ And I was thinking, But this is my personality; I’m just chilling. So I went right back to being that little girl who was just so freaked out. I acted as if I didn’t care, but I went home that night and just poured all the feelings that I was holding back into my music. That’s how ‘Unbreakable Smile’ came to be.”

For more from Tori, visit

Just Jared on Facebook
tori kelly covers seventeen february 2016 01
tori kelly covers seventeen february 2016 02

Credit: Tom Schirmacher/Seventeen
Posted to: Magazine, Tori Kelly

JJ Links Around The Web

  • Cardi B's sister walked in Milan Fashion Week - TMZ
  • Dinah Jane just released her first solo single - Just Jared Jr
  • Kourtney Kardashian spilled about Kris Jenner's affair - TooFab
  • Here's some great photos of Noah Centineo - Lainey Gossip
  • Taylor Swift had high praise for BFF Blake Lively's new movie - Just Jared Jr
  • Does Jessica Alba want to run for governor? - Gossip Cop
  • Arx

    She’s talented but boring as fuck.

  • Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    She is boring vanilla and she really has nothing to say. And her voice is annoying but I like it.

  • Swagsaad

    She is boring !!! ive watched her at Gaga’s billboard perfermance she was really boring

  • Visitor

    Simon Cowl has cursed the world with an annoying boy band–One Direction. He’s ruined music.

  • Gina

    Yeah, she is really boring, like beige paint; and her songs sound better & more soulful live than on the album.