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Simon calls girl 'brave' for singing church hymn a capella and takes it back when he hears 1st note
I've never heard a church hymn quite like this before. Wow.
Jenny Brown
12.01.21

The judges on The X-Factor never know what they’re going to get when a person walks on stage to audition. And they certainly weren’t expecting Chloe Paige.

Chloe Paige is a goofy, sassy blonde who was catapulted into celebrity spotlight after appearing on the 12th season of The X-Factor UK.

Strutting onto the stage in an off-the-shoulder crop top and a waist-hugging mini-skirt, the striking blonde market trader from Brighton, England, told the judges she was “so excited” to be there. During her pre-audition interview, she revealed a little bit about herself.

“I’m from a pretty musical family. My mom’s got a lot of brothers and sisters, and a lot of my mom’s sisters sing.”

“We are a family who supports each other. It was Chloe’s grandfather who inspired her; he had her singing when she was young, and he actually told her, “One day, we’ll go to X-Factor when you grow up,'” her mother shared.

Singing “Crying for No Reason” by Katy B, Chloe stunned the judges with her vocal chops, ultimately securing herself a spot in the competition.

Judge Rita Ora told Chloe that she didn’t want her to stop singing. Another told her, “I don’t know how somebody your age feigns something so deep like that; you literally sang from your soul. You are amazing.

Nobody knew that she was just getting started…

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During the competition’s ‘Six Chair Challenge”, Chloe walked out onto the stage, telling the judges she would be singing “Amazing Grace” in a cappella. Simon was immediately skeptical, telling the pretty blonde that she was a brave girl. By the end of the breathtaking rendition though, she had proved that she was a vocal force to be reckoned with.

It’s hard to tell what the judges are thinking during the first verse; their faces remain straight as they take it all in. As Chloe begins the second verse though, the crowd starts to roar.

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Chloe’s voice grows more powerful with each line, her voice reflecting every part of her soul. At one point, another competitor looks slightly worried by Rita Ora’s falling back into her seat, seemingly stunned by Chloe’s performance.

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After her performance, Simon told Chloe, “What you did there, was you did a performance that not only, I think, makes you deserve a seat, it deserves you possibly a place in the finals.” Nick Grimshaw, another judge, spoke on behalf of the world, telling her, “To be honest, I don’t remember Chloe Paige— but after that performance, I will never forget you again.”

Later in the competition, Chloe was eliminated by Rita Ora in favor of Louisa Johnson, Monica Michael, and Laurent Murray, but this awe-inspiring performance remains the young singer’s true claim to fame.

Watch Chloe wow the judges in her beautiful performance below.

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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