When Sam Bailey stepped into the room for her first audition for The X Factor UK, skepticism filled the air. And that was only increased when she revealed her occupation as a prison officer.
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Her time to sing came just a minute later with her song choice being BeyoncÃ©’s “Listen.” Despite the song being cataloged by some as difficult, as soon as Sam opened her mouth, it was instantly obvious that she was meant to be in the competition. Her performance met BeyoncÃ©’s song and then some!
The judges reactions after the performance were exactly what this talented woman needed to hear. One of the judges asked, “Sam! Where did that voice come from?.” He then went on to say, “I wasn’t expecting that at all. Wow!”
Another said, “That’s exactly how this song is supposed to be sung… with the passion, just singing for your life. That’s all I care about.”
As you can imagine, Sam started to get emotional. She was taking a huge risk, putting herself on the line… and it paid off! All four judges gave her an enthusiastic “Yes!” and sent her to the next round.
Sam’s audition teaches us a powerful lesson – pursue your dreams no matter what preconceived notions the world may have about you.
Watch Sam’s amazing performance below, and don’t forget to share her triumphant audition with your friends.
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