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X Factor 2013 contestants: Rion Paige's audition Goes Viral

Rion Paige, 13-year-old with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, amazes "X Factor" judges during auditions round.
Posted By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   Sept. 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The X Factor 2013 judges -- Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland -- were blown away by Rion Paige's audition.

Paige is a 13-year-old girl from Jacksonville, Florida who was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a disease that affects her joints. While introducing herself to the panel, Paige also disclosed that she is blind in one eye.

“Sometimes, I just get really frustrated whenever I can’t accomplish something that I think I could. So music helps me to be able to explain my feelings,” she said of her condition.

Paige's rendition of Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" got her the four "yes" votes she needed to get into the second round of the competition.

The usually not impressed Cowell even told her she was "literally extraordinary."

"I'm gonna remember this audition for a long, long time," Cowell said, later adding, "This is the easiest 'yes' I have given anyone in my life."

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