Skyelor Anderson ‘Impresses’ Simon Cowell on ‘X Factor’ With Billy Currington Cover
Country hopefuls have been all over the ‘X Factor‘ audition rounds thus far, including 16-year-old Skyelor Anderson of Mississippi. Anderson drove nine hours to audition for ‘X Factor’ judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole and L.A. Reid, and he impressed all of them with an a cappella cover of Billy Currington‘s ‘Must Be Doing Something Right.’
Before his performance, Anderson explained what he would do if he won the $5 million recording contract, saying that he would do everything he could to help his mom. “My mom works at motorcycle factory … If I win I would buy my mom a house.”
As he walked out onstage, Anderson even looked the part of a country singer, wearing a simple button-up T-shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap. When he began to sing the country tune with soul, it was clear he had talent — however, the track to Currington’s song suddenly cut out, and the singer was left standing there without any music. Anderson never flinched, though, as he broke out into song again sans music.
L.A. Reid told Anderson, “I panicked and you didn’t,” referring to the music cutting off. The judge continued, “You sounded really good.” Paula Abdul pretty much agreed, saying, “I’m really impressed. You do need to work on your vocals, I need to be honest — but I believe in you!” The ‘X Factor’ head honcho also liked Anderson, saying, “I love the fact you’re singing this kind of music. I think you love this kind of music. It makes a big difference.”
Anderson made it through to the next round, so keep an eye out for this country boy!
Watch Skyelor Anderson Perform on ‘X Factor’