Admittedly, I was losing hope in the ability of talent shows to produce stars. Perhaps this is because the UK version of X Factor has been dodged by countless controversies not to mention the “novelty” acts that are put on the show just to piss people off.
Just when you were thinking talent shows no longer have the ability to create stars, enter Carly Rose Sonenclar and Diamond White. Whether or not they each have lasting careers is irrelevant right now, the girls can sing! They are both only 13 years old so can only get better! Carly’s audition and progress through the X Factor USA competition is remarkable. Shocking audiences with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” in her first audition where L.A. Reid said “remember this day everybody. A star is born!” She went on to further stun audiences during her judges houses performance where Will.I.Am went as far as saying she is “possessed” with some crazy talent. See for yourself below:
Carly Rose Sonenclar performs at judges’ houses
Let’s not forget Diamond White, talk about a superstar name! She is out-of-this-world talented. She sings like a baby Whitney and is also only 13 years old! L.A. Reid told her that she truly is a “diamond.” When she sings, her competition might as well quit in my opinion.
There are some similarities between these girls and Christina Aguilera in terms of vocal talent at a young age. Christina auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club at the same age and stunned audiences with her soulful performance of Whitney Houston’s “I have nothing.” If managed correctly, maybe they can individually have lasting careers like Christina’s (she is a bit off the music radar at the moment but manages to stay in the public eye through being a judge on The Voice). What does it take to manage young talent like this? Anyone lining up to manage the careers of Carly and Diamond, have the task of shaping their careers to build something long term since they are so young. How do you do this in an industry that is churning out music without meaning and sounds the same? How do you build a sound so unique and be a superstar all at once?
The age to audition is creeping lower and lower, with X Factor US allowing children as young as 12 to audition. Is it really fair to put a kid through the stress of these shows? Remember Rachel Crow’s breakdown when she was eliminated from X Factor US? But then, look at the talent of these young kids! Some of them sound like they’re 30 something with so much experience, it amazes me. I guess it’s a bit of a trade off, youth sells: look at Justin Bieber and One Direction fans, they’re kids.
Seeing as both these girls are super talented, here is Diamond White singing “I have nothing” by Whitney Houston at bootcamp: