On the September 12 episode of X Factor 2013, 29-year-old Rachel Potter took the stage and blew us away. The Florida native currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee and works as a bartender. When Simon Cowell asked her why she's doing that, she explained that she's always had a dream to be a country star.
With her polished look and calm demeanor, we didn't expect her to give such a powerful rendition of Queen's "Somebody to Love." For some reason, she seems to think that she's a little old to get into the game, explaining to Demi Lovato, who asked her "Why do you need The X Factor?" that she's "not a spring chicken. When there's a lot of 15-year-olds getting record deals, they might overlook a 29-year-old."
Sassy Kelly Rowland told her, "What's the point of being a spring chicken when you can be a fine wine." And her country take on the classic rock standard was just that: rich, well-rounded, and full of soul. "Her vocal control is crazy," Kelly said after her opening line. And Demi didn't even wait until she finished singing, getting up on her feet while Kelly waved her arms along.
"Rachel, Rachel, Rachel, where do I begin? You are a beast!" Kelly said. "You have the best voice I've heard," Demi complimented her, continuing "The industry is ready for you. This is the easiest yes I've said in both years." And all the rest of the judges agreed, telling her "yes" without hesitation.
Watch her beautiful performance and then tell us if you think she has what it takes to win Season 3. (Can't wait to find out if she makes the Top 16? We'll tell you.)