Published September 20, 2012
Jessica Espinoza is one in a million.
The Texas singer left the judges on “The X Factor” speechless with her vocal abilities as well as her personality and resilience Wednesday night.
Espinoza, 22, sang P!nk’s heart-wrenching song “Nobody Knows” as her tear-eyed friends and family watched her perform near the stage, far from the days of struggle to make ends meet for her and her loved ones.
“I know what is like to be hungry,” Espinoza revealed. “Where I come from, south side of San Antonio, we were performing at market squares for tips. We had holes in our shoes [and] we had holes in our clothes.”
Minutes before taking the stage in ripped jeans, a t-shirt and combat boots Espinoza said she was going to put everything out there for the judges.
“I’m ready but I’m terrified!” she squeaked. “I feel that anything that’s ever hurt me [or] made me happy comes out on stage.”
“I’m just excited that I get to do that in front of so many people,” she added.
To Espinoza’s surprise, the judges were beyond impressed.
“Wow, you are really special,” music producer L.A. Reid told Espinoza. “You have certainly impressed all of us. What I really love about you is that you really dig so deeply, inside of yourself and come out with all of that emotion, yet you are not ordinary.”
Pop princess Britney Spears, who looked as if she would break into tears after seeing Espinoza perform, said she thought it was “amazing.”
“I feel like you have such a strong voice and it’s really deep and I love it,” Spears said.
The “Give Your Heart a Break” singer Demi Lovato agreed with Spears.
“You have a sparkle in your eye that you only see with people that have ‘The X Factor,’” Lovato said. “I really believe that you are amazing.”
As for “The X Factor” creator Simon Cowell, known to be the most curt and toughest judge in the panel, Espinoza was his “favorite audition” and “the easiest yes” he had to say.
I love this girl!” said Cowell.
“I love you! I love everything about you. I love that you come out here whatever your background, whatever your hardships,” Cowell said.
“You sang for your life, 22 years old with that kind of emotion, that rawness, that power, it’s distinctive.”
Espinoza was elated and said moving on to the next round is a welcomed “new chapter for me and my family.”
“It’s been quite a struggle and this competition today can change our lives,” she said. “Growing up I didn’t have much. [I] always did what I could with what I had [with] broken acoustic guitars…hand me down clothes. [I would] cut them up to make them pretty.”
This is such a dream!” Beamed Espinoza. “Coming from such strong women and admirable men. Thank you!” she said.
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