Update (January 20, 2014):
Original story (October 23, 2012):
X Factor contestant Jillian Jensen moved Demi Lovato out of her seat with her rendition of “Who You Are” — but what was this pint-sized brunette doing before she graced the X Factor stage?
20-year-old Jillian has a love of music that goes back to age two, when she picked up her first instrument — and by the age of 8, she began composing her own music! (We were lip-syncing to Backstreet Boys, so we’re officially impressed.)
She’s since taught herself seven different instruments — guitar, piano, saxaphone, violin, drums, bass and Ukulele — basically making her a musical genius to which we will happily bow down. You can find countless videos on Jillian’s Youtube page of her performing covers (Her Adele is FIERCE!) and original songs, too. In fact, Jillian has released two records of original material and composed over 100 original songs. We know — girlfriend is prolific!
Based out of Rochester, Massachusetts, Jillian also has a bit of a wild side, sporting six tattoos that all have to do with music! Because she’s a total cutie with a big personality, she also won First Place in the Talent portion of the 2007 Miss Teen America Pageant. But don’t let her pageant days fool you — the touching bullying story Jillian shared with Demi was no bull. In fact, Jillian is currently working on an Fall 2012 Anti-Bullying Campaign/Musical School Tour.
Coincidentally, Jillian performed back-up vocals for ex-X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger in 2011. Wonder if they sang “It’s A Small World”?