"X Factor" USA aired the fourth installment of previously recorded auditions Sept 19, 2013 and during that program we were introduced to Ashly Williams who gave one of the best renditions of Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You", probably in the history of "X Factor". Williams emotionally charged performance earned a standing ovation from all 4 judges, an honor that isn't given often.
Along with the standing ovation, the "X Factor" judges had plenty to say about Ashly Williams' audition.
Demi Lovato - "Ashly, I'm like, speechless. I had chills all over my arms and legs. And, I can feel it in you. I can feel that heart and guess what? There's a place in the market for you."
Paulina Rubio - "OMG, I was just captivated by your talent. That was an amazing performance."
Kelly Rowland - "It's so funny...you're saying thank you to everybody, and it's beautiful and it's humbling. But...thank you baby girl for spilling your heart out in that vocal."
Simon Cowell - "You know what Ashly? This is why we brought the show ("X Factor"), to America to find somebody like you. Seriously, I think we've just scratched the surface with you Ashly because I think that you're seriously, seriously good."
Ashly dedicated her "X Factor" audition to her mother, in honor of her mother's birthday. Ashly's mother was murdered 10 years ago shortly before Ashly turned 15-years-old. I'd say it was a fitting birthday present. Her mother would be so pleased to know that her daughter was one step closer to her dream.
Watch Ashly Williams' "X Factor" USA 2013 audition at the following link.