X Factor 2013 contestant Lillie McCloud is 54 years old. Yeah, we can’t believe it either, Kelly Rowland! This hot mama (and grandmother of 7!) blew the judges away both with her good look but amazing set of pipes.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Lillie now lives in Orlando, Florida, with her fiancé. “I always knew I wanted to be a singer,” Lillie said. “I’ve been waiting for a long time for this opportunity. It just wasn’t my time.”
Well, it looks like Lillie’s wait for fame is over! As she told judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly, and Paulina Rubio, “I’m here to win.” She then produced to sing a gospel number, “Alabaster Box,” new to many in the X Factor audience but which soon had everyone swaying along. Kelly even had to wipe away tears saying “Where you been?! Where you been hiding?!” once Lillie finished her audition.
Dems had her own compliments to hand out saying Lillie singing reminded her of the late great Whitney Houston. “Ripped my heart out of my chest,” Demi said, getting choked up as she spoke. “I think maybe your time wasn’t supposed to happen until now.”
Want to see why Lillie wowed the judges? Watch her audition video and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments below. Do you think she’s the next Whitney?