The X Factor Season 3 kicked off last night with new judges, new enthusiasm and... the next Carrie Underwood?
Maybe. Meet Rion Page.
This 13-year old positively blew the judges away with her rendition of Underwood's "Blown Away," as the young woman who is partially blind in one eye and who suffers from the condition arthrogryposis (which results in limited use of her hands) invoked a comparison from Simon Cowell between herself and the former Idol champion.
“I remember the day I met Carrie Underwood and I remember predicting this girl was going to go on and do special things with her life,” said Cowell. "And I’m gonna say the same thing about you, Rion.”
Rion advanced to the next round easily, with Simon, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulino Rubio all singing her praises. You must watch her audition now.
Among other performers who impressed? Lillie McCloud. Meet her and enjoy a rundown of the top contestants below.