X Factor 2013 Audition: Watch Simone Torres Sing Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” (VIDEO)
Simone Torres may look sweet, showing up to the X Factor 2013 auditions in a purple tee shirt, white pants, and a big smile. But something about her surprisingly deep, rich voice and sexy dance moves make us think she could have a long career ahead of her.
The 19-year-old student from Long Island, NY took on Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" with aplomb. Body rolls and vocal runs made Simon Cowell exclaim "WOW!" in the middle of her song, while Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato couldn't help nodding along to the beat. In fact, her rendition was one of our favorites of the week.
She seemed shocked when the room exploded in applause, and she couldn't contain her tears — and neither could her family waiting backstage. "Wow, you're so fresh. When I saw you walk in, I thought 'aw sweet girl,' but I didn't expect you to sing that well," Paulina Rubio said.
"I loved watching that sparkle in your eye," Demi said, adding that "everyone in the room just wants you to hug you right now." And while Kelly said it was one of the best auditions, contrarian Simon said "I disagree. I do. It's not a question of if I think this is the best audition. It is the best." Adding, "I think you really are special." Her four yeses were no surprise.