The X Factor 2013 continues with Night 1 of the Week 2 auditions on September 18, and we just found our newest musical crush. They’re a group of three brothers who go by the name of AKNU. And we’re kind of in love.
Between their matching black leather jackets, gelled hair, white shirts, and dark pants, AKNU has got their coordinated look down. And can we talk about those dance moves? Swoon.
The brothers performed “Valerie” — the 2006 Zutons song made popular by Amy Winehouse — and they earned rave reviews from all of the judges.
Kelly Rowland seemed totally smitten. “First of all, you guys are so refreshing. Y’all make everybody want to dance. You have to remember, music is such a gift and you just spread your gift all through this room. Everybody felt it.”
Judge Demi Lovato agreed, telling the brothers that they gave her the chills. “There’s just something really special about you guys,” she said.
Even Simon Cowell was impressed, and he even admitted that AKNU’s Motown style isn’t usually something he enjoys. “It’s like watching Motown all over again. Normally, that’s the part I hate, but I think you might be on the forefront of something new here.”
That’s high praise! Simon continued, “And as the girls said, it was refreshing. I thought the dancing worked incredibly well. You know? I actually could watch this whole audition all over again. I loved it that much.” So do they makes it to the Top 16? Check here.
Lucky for Simon (and us) you can watch the performance again right here. You’re welcome, Simon Cowell.