Contestant: Rion Paige
Song Choice: Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away”
Rion Paige is 13 and from Jacksonville, Florida. Her hands are curved due to some medical condition, and she is blind in one eye. But she says she is not looking for pity. And she is very outgoing and positive.
Rion sang Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away.” She has a pretty good voice. It’s certainly better than average for a country singer. She could use a little more power for song like this.
The 3rd season of the US version of X Factor premiered on September 11, 2013. As usual, there are some initial auditions, followed by live rounds.
There are some major changes on the judges’ panel for Season 3. L.A. Reid is out, and Kelly Rowland is in. Britney Spears is also gone, and Paulina Rubio has taken her place. Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato have returned as judge-mentors.
Rion Paige auditioned on the September 11, 2013 episode with a performance of Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away.” I will add the YouTube video for this performance as soon as it is available on the X Factor’s official channel.
Judges’ Comments on Rion’s Audition:
Rion got a standing ovation from all 4 judges. That was a bit of an overstatement.
Demi is impressed that she has overcome so much. Paulina said music heals everything, and she wants to enjoy this together with Rion. Kelly loved it, and Simon compared it to the first time he saw Carrie Underwood. He thinks she is extraordinary.
I don’t want to say Rion doesn’t deserve her spot. She had a pretty good audition. But especially Simons’ comments were way over the top. Rion may have a chance to go deep in the contest. But I’d want to hear better vocals than that from a winner.
Paige got 4 YES votes from the judges.