By Annie Barrett
Updated September 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT

The X Factor

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The final audition on tonight’s X Factor season premiere (read our full recap here) was Rion Paige Thompson, who I’m pretty sure gushed out more blisteringly positive energy in a single reality TV segment than I have in my entire, longer-than-13-years life. The country-pop singer from Jacksonville, Florida sang Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away,” prompting Simon Cowell to label her “lit-ruh-lly extraordinary.” Rion has a congenital disorder called arthrogryposis, which causes curvature of the hands.

This girl is all over YouTube! Watch some clips from her budding musical career below:

Here she is singing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” at the Nashville Palace in 2012:

With Jamie Davis in Gainesville, singing “Glass”:

“Blown Away” at Live at the Ritz 2012:

Martina McBride’s “Anyway”:

Kellie Pickler’s “Red High Heels”:

A local Fox news anchor referred to her as “the next American Idol” in this January 2012 snippet:

And oh yikes — her 2011 audition for America’s Got Talent:

You can watch tonight’s audition here — I’ll post the official X Factor clip when it’s available.

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The X Factor

Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio judge Season 3.
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