LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Stacy Francis tonight on The X Factor delivered a performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin (video below). Francis’ performance by tomorrow morning will make news as the biggest performance of the biggest new FOX series this year. Stacy was revealed to news several weeks ago during The X Factor 8 minute preview clip. At the time, LALATE reported that it “had watched Stacy four times [that day and] can’t stop watching.” Tonight, more of her amazing performance was shown in the debut of Fox’s new The X Factor. Whatever happens from the series remains to be seen. But tonight, Stacy became a star.
LA Reid told Stacy “Everything that I do musically is about having my spirit stirred and the hair on my arm raised. And you did both for me today. You are so gifted. You got what it takes.”
After finishing her performance, Stacy couldn’t stop crying. With her mascara running down her face, Stacy got a standing applause from the judges and the entire audiences.
She also prompted tears from Paula Abdul. Paula told her “Opportunities like this come around one in a lifetime for someone as angelic as you. This is your time. This is your time baby. God bless you.”
Cheryl Cole told her “I am completely and utterly blown away with ever single word you sang. I could feel the whole room wanted you to win. And you just won.”
With tears still falling down her face, Stacy stood as the FOX orchestration grew and Simon rendered his remarks. “Let me tell you Stacy, I have done this a long long time. That was one of the best auditions I have seen in my entire life. You didn’t just sing. You believed in it. Loved it, loved you.”
In the end, she won not only the hearts of the judges and support of 4304 attendees, but validation that you should never get up hope.
“I’m Stacy, I’m 42 years old, I’m a single mother with two kids” she told viewers earlier. “In my late 20s into early 30s, I met someone. Things just when really wrong.” She proceeded to break down and cry. “He kept on telling me I’m too old or not talented enough, I started believing him.” Stacy paused and said “I started believing him, and he started to push me around and I started to lose faith in myself.”