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Carly Rose Sonenclar amazes 'X Factor' judges with 'My Heart Will Go On'
Mamaroneck's Carly Rose Soneclar brought her A-game to Wednesday night's episode of "The X Factor," bringing down the house with her performance of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On."
In a full-length gown, Carly Rose captivated the crowd with her subtle approach to the "Titanic" theme's intro before unleashing a powerful belt that wowed the crowd — as well as celebrity mentors L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and Britney Spears.
"I don't want to say this, but we could be looking at the winner," said Reid, whose team of Over-25 acts don't include Carly Rose, 13.
"You are so good, and it honestly doesn't make sense," said Lovato, who'd been critical of Carly Rose in the first live performance round. "Like, I don't believe that that's your voice. I feel like Celine Dion is here and she's hiding."
Cowell jokingly questioned Carly Rose's age. "You're 13 years old?" he asked. "Then I don't believe you're a human being. I actually don't, because you can't do that at 13. Your control on that song — and I thought I was going to hate it — and that note at the end, was absolutely incredible. I mean, incredible."
Spears, who mentors Carly Rose and the other remaining teenage contestants, made it a clean sweep of positive reviews. "Carly, I am so proud of you," she said. "I have chills all over my body. You're spectacular, sweetie."
While hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom were discussing the next singer, some fans in the crowd could be heard chanting, "Car-ly! Car-ly!"
In a segment that ran before Carly Rose's live performance, she talked about the emotions she expressed on stage a week earlier, after she'd been reuinted with her father, Bob Sonenclar, who'd flown in from the East Coast.
"My dad just came here, and for the first time in a long time, I've seen him and my mom ... It just kind of all came out," Carly Rose said.
The teen credited her father for his support, and for recording her singing performances through the years — including an adorable 2001 home video of her as a toddler. (If you're looking for other pre-"X Factor" videos of Sonenclar, Newsday Westchester's got you covered.)
"I was singing for my dad [then]," she said. "Now, I'm singing in front of America."
Her father offered a pep talk before it was showtime.
"I'm so proud of you — and I've always told you this — not because of the results of anything you've ever done, but because of the work you put into it, and the effort you put into it," Bob told her. "That's what makes me the proudest."
Based on last week's audience votes, Sonenclar ranked second among the remaining 12 contestants — behind only country singer Tate Stevens. This week, Stevens offered his take on Shania Twain's "From This Moment On," which also earned raves from the mentors.
With the fewest audience votes, two of the remaining 12 acts will be eliminated on Thursday night's episode of "The X Factor." That episode will also feature a performance by Taylor Swift, who recently broke up with her Bedford boyfriend, Conor Kennedy.
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