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Quirky Contestant Has Judges Cracking Up. But When He Starts To Sing, He Blows Them Away!

When auditioning for a show like X ¬†Factor or The Voice, selecting the right song is key. Many people say you shouldn’t select a song made famous by a big-name singer with a flawless voice, because you may be setting yourself up for failure; you can’t possibly sound as great as the original everyone loves so much! But– time and time again– we’ve seen singers take a big risk and go for it, covering superstars like Frank Sintra.

On The Voice, a 16-year-old vocalist covered “Just The Way You Look Tonight,” and Adam Levine even joined him onstage for a duet! Then there was Sal Valentinetti, the America’s Got Talent finalist who first auditioned with “My Way” and wowed everyone with his Sinatra-like voice.

Now, once again, a singer is risking big by taking on Sinatra. This time, it’s an Irish singer named Deagland Arthurs on a show called Let It Shine.

When Deagland first takes the stage, he makes the judges laugh right off the bat with his quirkiness. He jokes with judge Amber Riley– who you may recognize as Mercedes from Glee– that he likes to sing at church, but his mom had to tell him to tone it down a bit. When you hear him perform, you’ll understand why!

Deagland decided to audition with “New York, New York,” originally sung by Liza Minelli (another legendary performer), later re-recorded by Sinatra.

From the moment Deagland opens his mouth to sing, it’s clear he’s not your average contestant!


No one expected that voice! Not only is his singing voice completely different from his singing voice, but his performance is literally jaw-dropping.


Let It Shine is all about searching for the next musical theatre star… and Deagland is certainly theatrical. At one point he even throws his microphone stand to the ground!

Once the judges pick their jaws up off the floor, they’re all smiles during his performance. And their joy is absolutely contagious.

Check out the remarkable audition below and share!

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