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Our minds are still blown from 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar's outstanding X Factor audition. That voice! That smile! That hilariously nerdy vest!

The judges couldn't get enough of Carly's singing chops, and even Princess of Pop Britney Spears gave her a thumbs up. But did you know Carly's performance took place months ago? That's right, this little lady had to keep her audition a secret, or risk Simon Cowell's wrath.

“I couldn’t tell any of my friends or anything,” Carly tells PCM, “It was kind of hard, I mean, with all the stuff that was going on, especially the awesome reaction that I got from the judges. It was hard to just pretend that nothing happened.”

Carly comes from a Broadway background, but says X Factor is a whole 'nother ball game –– especially now that the likes of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are her biggest fans.

“It’s insane!" Carly says. "If somebody told me that a couple years ago, I wouldn’t have believed them, but now it’s happening and it’s really cool."

So, why did Carly decide to sing Nina Simone? “I think there’s a gap in the industry for an artist who’s like that, who’s bringing that soulful feel like Nina Simone and the other great jazz artists and combining it with the pop of today which is kind of taking over the music industry,” she explains. “So I think that bringing those together, bringing that soul into this pop genre is something that could be really cool and something I would want to do.”

Sigh, so wise for a 13-year-old. We've found our new Oprah.

Source: PCM

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