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2016 X-Factor’s Irina Dedyuk Leaves Simon Cowell Speechless

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Irina Dedyuk, a candidate in this year’s X-Factor, has just done the impossible; her powerful audition has actually left the outspoken Simon Cowell speechless.

The Girl Behind the Performance

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Irina Dedyuk flew all the way from Los Angeles to perform “Simply the Best” for this year’s X-Factor judges. Her captivating performance was accompanied by undeniable diva swagger and a super-glam image. She had even set her sights for wow-ing Simon right from the start, admitting backstage “He is hot. I’ll grab all his energy, stare just into his eyes and sing all my song and he won’t have a choice.”

Simon’s Reaction

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Simon was simply transfixed on Irina the entire time and seemed to have been hypnotized by her powerful performance. He immediately applauded her and ignored Louis Walsh’s repeated prompts before simply gazing into Irina’s eyes and saying: “Yes.” When he finally got his voice back he announced: “You’re slightly scary, but I like that.”

What the Rest of the Judges Had to Say

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Simon wasn’t the only judge so enthusiastic about Irina’s amazing performance. Nicole Scherzinger even called her a “Russian tigress Cher” and Sharon Osbourne compared her to “a baddie from a James Bond movie”. In fact, she got four yeses from all the judges, sending Irina straight to Boot Camp, but not before she made sure she got a hug from Simon before leaving the room.

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