When the first season of the now-popular singing competition showThe X Factorpremiered in the U.S. back in 2011, viewers were introduced to 42-year-old Stacy Francis, a single mom with some very big dreams.
Before her audition, Stacyrecalled her long journey to get to that moment. For a long time, she would lock herself in the bathroom at night and sing to herself. Her kids weren’t that into her singing. To make matters worse, she had been ina relationship with a man who said she wasn’t good enough and that she was too old.
She had begun to believe these verbal abuses herself.
But, even with those obstacles in her way, she wasn’t ready to give up.
“Why haven’t you gotten your break yet?” judge Simon Cowell asked.
Stacy explained that she had gotten stuck. Still, she said,“I don’t want to die with this music in me, Simon.”
She chose to sing Aretha Franklin’s classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
And the moment she opened her mouth and began to belt out the song, the judges and the crowd were in awe.
She even got Simon to exclaim “Wow!” as she sang! Everyone in the audience was moved by her powerful performance, and Simon called it “one of the best auditions ever!”
Stacy went on to make it to the fourth round of the competition before being eliminated. She has since had her own talk show, as well as being on a number of reality shows.
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