Sometimes, judges on shows like The X Factor form an opinion about a contestant before they even start singing. And sometimes, they’re proven wrong as the hopeful shows off their incredible voice.
This is what happened when Mary Ann Van Der Horst hit the stage at the auditions for The X Factor Australia in 2014. Mary Ann sang an amazing Beyoncé cover that had the judges eating their hats.
‘X Factor’ Contestant Sings Beyoncé, Shocks The Judges
Mary Ann introduced herself to the X Factor judges and shared that she was originally from the Philippines. She joked about marrying a younger man, adding that they met each other on Facebook.
The 28-year-old also said that her husband was “annoyed” by her singing. This probably didn’t do much to convince the judges that she would be a good singer. Judge Ronan Keating looked particularly skeptical. But when she started her audition, she proved them wrong.
Mary Ann performed “Halo” by Beyoncé, showing off a powerhouse voice that had the audience cheering. The judges looked amazed by her talent, and gave her a standing ovation when the song was finished.
“I was not expecting this at all,” Ronan told his fellow X Factor judges. It just goes to show that you shouldn’t judge a contestant before you see what they can do.
What Did The Judges Think About Mary Ann?
“That was spectacular,” Redfoo told Mary Ann after her audition, questioning why her husband wouldn’t like her voice. Dannii Minogue, meanwhile, called her performance “brilliant,” adding, “I loved it.”
“When you came out, I thought, ‘She’s not serious. She’s not gonna be able to sing,'” Ronan admitted. He added that her performance was “incredible to watch,” saying she made the song her own. Mary Ann received four “yes” votes from the X Factor judges.
Although she didn’t make it into the Top 24, she has continued to perform in the years since her stint on the show. Mary Ann has released several singles, and in 2017 she won several awards at the World Championship of Performing Arts. She frequently posts covers on her YouTube account.