The Most Surprising Audition of the Third Season Premiere of X Factor Award needs to go to Lillie McCloud, a woman with a gorgeous voice and just as gorgeous looks. She stood out as a star despite the fact that the hour-long episode was your usual run-of-the-mill singing audition round that we’ve seen on American Idol about a thousand times before. Oh and did we mention she’s 54-year-old.
That’s right. She’s FIFTY-FOUR years old. Sure, a lot of older folks like to audition for this kind of stuff to show that they’re adorable and quirky and that they still have one last shot at fame. But, guys, Lillie can SING.
When she stepped on stage for her audition, I didn’t even think twice about her choice of wearing that leather one-piece suit because she could actually work it. Then the talented- and not-so-talented judges asked her age, and to everyone’s surprise she proudly stated that she was fifty-four. Lillie continued to explain in her interview that she has three children and seven – yes, SEVEN – grandchildren.
Both myself and my roommate gasped in total shock. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? I was completely dumbfounded. Almost as much as I was when Jimmy Kimmel announced he was behind that viral twerking video. (Maybe this is a fake too? And Lillie is just an actress who’s way younger than she’s saying? I mean, what CAN we believe anymore?)
Lillie proceeded to absolutely nail Cece Winan’s “Alabaster Box” and really impress the judges, who unanimously agreed to send her to the next round. Lillie not only showed that she looks incredible for her age, but that she also has the skills to take this competition and upstage the wannabe boy bands that are sure to pop up throughout the season. And since we don’t need another One Direction (because they’re too fantastic to replace anytime soon, of course) ,why not support an extremely talented grandmother who can totally work a leather one-piece?
(Photo: Ray Mickshaw, Fox)