13yr Old Stuns Judges On X-Factor

When 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar took the stage — wearing sandals and jean shorts — and announced that she would be singing “Feelin’ Good” by Nina Simone, the judges were more than a little bit skeptical. Simon Cowell raised his eyebrows and said “WHOA” when she announced her choice of song, and LA Reid asked skeptically, “Did you rehearse?”

But the Westchester, New York native blew the judges’ expectations out of the water with her dynamite performance, earning four enthusiastic “YES”‘s and a standing ovation from the crowd. Britney Spears declared, “All of us are completely in love with you!” while Demi gushed, “I want to buy your music right now.” Watch the video above to view her incredible performance and see the judges’ reactions.

She may not have won the competition (yet), but she’s already won over the Internet. The clip of Carly singing “Feelin’ Good” has racked in over 1.5 million views on YouTube.


My Oom Se Motor…

I tweeted the lyrics to this song last week Thursday and was overwhelmed by how many people replied with the rest of the lyrics and also enjoyed the nostalgia of it all. This song was one of my favourites as a kid (yeah, i didn’t get out much)… and it still holds a special place in my heart. I would be lying if i said that i didn’t get a lump in my throat every time i hear this song. I had a Oom who lived on a farm and i feel like i get transported back to Uniondale every time i hear it…

*SPOILER ALERT* Her Oom dies at the end of the song?! After all his troubles with the bank and the drought! So typical of Afrikaans literature, it’s always so bladdy morbid.

Seeing as my blog is basically just a collection of stuff i find cool or weird, i thought it should have a permanent place here.

Laurika Rauch –¬†Stuur Groete Aan Mannetjies Roux

I swear, nostalgia will be the death of me.