When a 25-year-old pregnant woman took the spotlight to audition on The X Factor Ukraine, the judges stared curiously at her. She certainly wasn’t your typical contestant.
But as they say, don’t judge a book by its cover. Little did they know she was about to blow everyone away.
It takes a lot of courage to get on the stage of a reality TV talent show, especially knowing you’re being evaluated in front of the world. While The Voice provides blind auditions to ensure contestants are judged on their abilities and not their appearances – on other programs, the judges actually watch the performances.
At the beginning of the mother-to-be’s audition, there were a couple of funny looks coming from the panel. One came after the music to Whitney Houston’s classic, “I Have Nothing,” began to play.
Making such a bold song choice happens all the time. However, if a contestant is going to take on a big hit like the woman was – they better be ready to rock it.
The crowd sat silently as the expectant mom started her performance. She had a stunning voice that filled the room. Yet, it was difficult to tell what exactly the judges were thinking…
“I Have Nothing” is a ballad written by David Foster and Linda Thompson for the 1992 film, The Bodyguard (which starred Whitney Houston). When performed well, it’s a song that leaves you in goosebumps.
As it turns out, the pregnant woman was an amazing singer with an ability to handle the song. She belted out the lyrics beautifully, even taking on the high notes.
Finally, the judges’ reactions became quite clear… They thought she was incredible too! The female judge seemed especially excited while watching the performance.
Not only was it very brave of the woman to audition all together, but singing while so far along (in pregnancy) isn’t the easiest task for everyone (especially when it comes to high notes).
The New York Times reported in an article:
“Growing babies crowd the lungs and diaphragm, and the flood of estrogen and other hormones that comes with pregnancy can make vocal cords swell and vibrate differently. More effort is necessary, too. Expectant women have to exhale with added force to get vocal cords to vibrate and get the sound out.”
Even if it was more difficult for the contestant – it didn’t affect the outcome. She nailed her audition and proved to the judges she deserved to be on The X Factor Ukraine stage.
A man watching behind the curtains (likely her significant other) seemed so moved he actually had tears in his eyes. In fact, the female judge too couldn’t control herself. After the woman finished singing, she felt compelled to give her a big hug.
It’s an unforgettable performance that went viral. As of now, it’s been viewed more than 12 million times.
People from all across the globe have been showering the pregnant woman with compliments. One wrote:
“Her accent was lovely and she made the song her own. It’s not easy folks, to sing with added weight and probably short of oxygen due to the pregnancy. Wonderfully done!!!!!…Bravo!!!!!”
Another simply said:
“awwww so beautiful brought me to tears. congratulations on your new baby.”
Watch the video below to see this mother-to-be’s rendition of “I Have Nothing. It’s an inspirational performance!
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