Simon Cowell is the man behind some of the most successful voices in the world. He’s credited with forming One Direction, his most successful artist is none other than Susan Boyle, and without 15 seasons of American Idol, we’d never have artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks.
The man has a knack for talent, and he’s built his career as one of the most stoic and brutally honest talent judges the world has ever seen.
Simon is currently filming Britain’s Got Talent, where he met 15-year-old Sarah Ikumu.
When her time came to take to the stage, Sarah introduced herself to the judges, then told them she’d be singing “And I’m Telling You.”
Arguably one of the most famous and difficult songs in the world, Simon questioned the high schooler’s song choice. Audience members cringed with similar reservation as the teen announced she was to attempt the “impossible” song. Sarah confidently replied that she chose the song because she believes it shows her “vocal ability the best.”
The judge, who’s watched and heard thousands of people attempt this song, just smiled back at Sarah, and said, “Let’s do it.”
It’s clear that Simon isn’t quite sure what to expect out of this audition, but there’s no doubt that he never saw Sarah coming.
All she had to do was open her mouth, and everyone’s jaws hit the floor. Sarah BELTED that song like she was born to sing it.
After receiving a standing ovation from both the audience and judges, the teen was overwhelmed with joy. But before anyone could say a word, Simon reached over, and hit the gold buzzer—sending Sarah all the way through to the live show.
Simon expressed his admiration, telling Sarah, “Not only did you nail this song, you made it your song.”
That’s some high praise from the producer of some of the world’s most successful artists. Way to go, Sarah!