Carly Rose Soneclar and Ella Henderson are 2 singers who have wowed the X Factor judges on both sides of the Atlantic this season. Given their young age, and assuming they will improve with age, have we witnessed 2 superstars of the future?
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One thing is for sure, you can no longer turn up to these talent shows with an okay voice. You need to be seriously good.
Carly Rose Sonenclar Sings ‘Feeling Good’
Carly Rose Sonenclar, from NY, went to the Providence audition of the X Factor USA and shocked the judges with her rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’.
With a voice that belies her 13 years she blew the X Factor USA judges away with her tone, power and emotional version of the classic.
Initially Simon Cowell had a skeptical look when Carly Rose Sonenclar announced that she was going to sing the classic ‘Feeling Good’. And, lets face it, you have to either be very good or stupid to take on one of the all time great songs from an all time great singer, Nina Simone.
As soon as she started singing though, the Simon Cowell sneer turned to amazement as she proved she was equal to the song.
Ella Henderson Makes Nicole Scherzinger Cry
Ella Henderson from the X Factor UK is only 16 years old but still succeeded in getting a standing ovation for her interpretation of the Cher song ‘Believe’.
Nicole Scherzinger was reduced to a blubbering wreck by the performance saying “We can’t touch her, we just have to be in awe of her.”
Apparently Cher herself broke down in tears when she saw the performance of her No.1 hit song.
Ella Henderson also has another advantage apart from her stunning voice. She has been writing songs since she was 13 and performed one for her first X Factor UK audition.
Dedicated to her late Grandad who had inspired her to sing, it was an emotionally charged performance in which you could hear a pin drop. It took a few seconds for the audience to react at the end as they took it in.
It also earned a standing ovation, not bad for a self penned song by a 16 year old. See Ella Henderson’s first audition below.
Later in the @XFactorUSA series, Carly Rose Sonenclar sung ‘If I Were a Boy’ by Beyonce after viewers voted for the track in a Pepsi poll.