Shy 14-Year-Old Shocks Skeptic Judges — Leading Them To Apologize [VIDEO]

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Getting on a stage and having an audition in front of a large audience is sure to test anyone’s nerves. Some are natural performers and are unphased, while others could choke, affecting their performance. In Australia’s fourth season of The X Factor, we saw a little bit of both in Shiane Hawke. The teen from Darwin came across as timid and awkward but it all went away the minute she started singing. She stunned everybody with her raw talent, even making judges feel ashamed for judging too quickly. 

Shiane Hawke does Duffy proud with this rendition of “Mercy”

Shy On The Outside… Wait For Her To Become A Diva

Shiane Hawke was just 14-years-old at the time of her audition. Already she seemed like a shy teen contestant as we watch her video intro. She claims to be nervous but keeps a smile the whole time. As she takes the stage, judges can already appear to make early assessments of her. While the judges get familiar with a quick introduction, the conversation only seems to add to negative assumptions from the judges and audience. Despite learning of her previous singing contest experience, which includes 4 total “Touchdowns” from Australian Idol judge Mark Holden, the judges remained apprehensive. When she shared she would be singing “Mercy” by Duffy, judge Ronan Keating was doubtful. 

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The song begins for the skeptic audience and she swayed the whole crowd at the first note. It was a new person on that stage as she appears to truly get lost in the singing. Shiane was no longer her shy teen self, but now an incredible performer. Her soulful, powerful voice carries the song and her raw talent has her make it look easy. The entire auditorium is on its feet for her performance and judges couldn’t believe this girl’s skill. The song ends with a standing ovation and just as quickly, the shy Shiane returns as if she was possessed by the music. 

Shy Teen Has Judges Shocked

She gave signs of a possible disaster audition and the only disaster turned out to be how short it was. The judges were stunned by what they heard and it reads on their faces. Guy Sebastian thought it was so good he had to deliver her his own “Touchdown.” Natalie Bassingthwaighte describes Shaine as “her favorite audition so far” and apologizes for her early judgment seeing how wrong she was. 

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She earned 4 yes votes without any doubts. And just as timid as she entered, she exits the stage seemingly less shocked by it all than the rest of Australia. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matthew Honda
Matthew Honda

Matthew Honda is a contributing writer for Talent Recap. He's new to writing but certainly not new to binging television. If he's not sitting down to some reality TV, you might find him practicing some extreme sport, snapping photos, or shooting some pool.

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