12-Year-Old Doesn’t Back down After Simon Cowell Asks Her to Perform Without Music

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It’s already pretty daunting to face a massive crowd and panel of judges, including the world’s most popular reality-show judge, Simon Cowell. But what happens when he stops you halfway through your audition and asks you to sing again, without the aid of a backing track? For most singers, a backing track is crucial as it acts as a safety net for their vocals.

If things aren’t going right, just blame the backing track, right?

But this twelve-year-old singer had no problem re-doing her audition without it, and you wouldn’t believe the outcome.

She appeared on America’s Got Talent, a show for the weird, the wacky, and, sometimes, the talented.

From her cute, Southern accent, to her bubbly little personality, we were all completely sold on Ansley, even before she started singing.

His wasn’t as cute as hers was, but we’ll let it slide. He tried. She seemed pretty confident, too, introducing herself and telling the judges what she was there to do. She told everyone that she would pretend she was on America’s Got Talent while practicing singing and that being on stage felt like she’d “stepped into the TV.”

That’s a pretty early age to achieve such a big dream, but we’re rooting for you and your nice accent, Ansley.

Even though she was nervous about meeting the judges, especially Simon Cowell, when she got on stage, her nerves seemed to disappear. Some adults haven’t developed the level of confidence that this little girl’s got.

As soon as the audition started, Ansley was off. Though the theatre was massive, she filled it with her powerful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Think.”

But something just wasn’t quite right…

Despite her sassy performance, her voice seemed to be drowned out by the horrendous backing track. And from the awkward look on Simon’s Cowell’s face, he could hear it too. He turned to Julianne Hough and muttered: “Where did they get this track from?” Shortly after, he stopped the entire performance.

You could sense the awkwardness from everyone, including the rest of the judges. It got worse when Simon said: “We really like you but that was terrible.” Alright, that’s unfair. It was clearly the backing track’s fault. Ansley’s face said it all. You could see her gasp and my heart actually broke a little bit (watch the full audition below!).

“I’m just wondering if we should do a verse and a chorus, maybe acapella?” This request would have been enough to rattle most professionals, let alone a twelve-year-old! But after an initial nervous moment, Ansley seemed to be ready for the challenge. She took a deep breath and started again.

I guess that kind of compensates for such a big demand. Here’s a little spoiler, she may have received a standing ovation and the video has gained over five million views since! So it was all worth it.

This user said that she “nailed it,” which we totally agree with.

I can’t deny it, that happens to me, too. It either makes or breaks the entire audition, and it definitely worked in Ansley’s favor.

Even after Simon stopped her, she managed to keep her cool. That’s more than we can say for some…

He seems to have a habit of taking nervous contestants and making them even more nervous.

The X Factor (UK) has had its fair share of nervous contestants. Brendan Murray was a twenty-one-year-old Irish boy who had previously had a bit of luck in the music industry, but entered the singing contest to catch his big break. But nothing could prepare him for what was to come. The audience was loving his audition, but the judges seemed a bit reserved in their excitement. It almost seemed as if Brendan was going to get through it until Simon raised that dreaded hand of his and cut the music.

This was the issue for Simon: “Lyrically, that song didn’t suit your voice,” he says, “so I’m struggling as to who this guy’s market is.” And the other judges all nodded as though they agreed. The wrong song choice is a killer. We’ve seen some good talent go to waste because of it.

Simon suggested that he sing a song that he thought would be perfect for a unique voice like Brendan’s.

He was struggling at the same part of the song over and over and even after refreshing his memory with a quick glance at the lyrics, he messed up. The other judges didn’t seem too impressed and it seemed to be going downhill quickly for Brendan. But Simon wasn’t giving up on him. Taking the responsibility on his own shoulders, he allowed the red-faced auditionee to have the lyrics in front of him, which was a game-changer. His nerves disappeared and the outcome was stunning, to say the least.

It feels like a whole whirlwind of events, right?

You may think that Simon Cowell is a jerk, but there’s one thing that you can’t deny, he’s good at what he does. And these two contestants are only two examples of his keen eye for talent. Prepare yourselves for another. This one’s a bit more heartwarming than the other two, so get your tissues ready!