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September 14, 2013

X Factor contestant Rion Paige is a Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park winner also!

Live Oak —

Many Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) staff and friends watched proudly Sept. 11 as one of the SOSMP’s very own talents, Rion Paige of Jacksonville, Fla., was not only chosen by four X Factor judges to compete in this season’s X Factor talent show on Fox Network, but was compared to Carrie Underwood by judge Simon Cowell!
Simon, the brains behind X Factor and a judge on the program, told Rion after hearing her sing that he got the same feeling as when he first met Carrie Underwood! “I think you’re literally extraordinary. I really do,” Simon told a beaming Rion. “I’m blown away!” After Rion left the stage, Simon told the other three judges, “I would love to work with her,” something Rion Paige fans across the nation are hoping for also!
Watching Simon and the three other judges during Rion’s performance was akin to watching an adult see their first sunrise…they uttered words of praise for the vivacious young talent and kept looking at each other in awe as if they could not believe what they were hearing and seeing as Rion delivered one of her best songs, Carrie Underwood‘s “Blown Away!” Simon, often poker-faced, smiled during and after Rion’s performance!
The three female judges, Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland, all expressed how much they liked Rion’s enthusiasm, musical delivery and her positive attitude in dealing with arthrogryposis multiplex congentia (AMC, a disease found in some newborns resulting in decreased flexibility of the joints) and near blindness in her right eye. All four judges stood up with the audience before Rion completed her song as thunderous applause, cheering and many teary eyes took place.
It seems Carrie Underwood was also watching and posted this: “@iheartcarrie: OMG! THIS: #AMAZING @carrieunderwood Very cool! What a beautiful young lady! Sing it, Rion!” which Rion later re-posted on Facebook!

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