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Carly Rose Sonenclar is a goddess among mortals. The 13-year-old X Factor Season 2 finalist is just 13 years old, but somehow managed to cover the inimitable Nina Simone’s “Feelin’ Good” successfully — not once but twice this season. During the live finale performances on December 19, 2012, Carly paired up with country star Leann Rimes to sing “How Do I Live,” and it was a triumph to see Carly hold her own onstage with Leann’s legendary voice.

Speaking with reporters after the show, Carly revealed the “great” advice Leann gave her before they stepped onstage. “She gave me a lot of advice about the high notes of the song, how to use my diaphragm and use a lot of air in them to make them very big.”

Asked if she votes for herself, Carly answered vaguely. “I usually don’t.” Hmmmm — Makes us wonder if Carly’s opting out of voting altogether, or if she’s casting votes for another contestant!

Reporting by Carita Rizzo.