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21-Year-Old Josh Daniel Puts Simon Cowell in Unusual Emotional State

Most people are used to seeing Simon Cowell as this tough judge on the X Factor Show. That changed when 21-year-old Josh Daniel who auditioned on the show chose to perform “Jealous” by Labrinth and dedicate it to his friend who passed away at the age of 18.

When asked why he chose this song, Josh said, “It means a lot to me, for a different reason I think to how Labrinth throw it. I lost my friend a couple of years ago and I kind of interpret the lyrics in a completely different way.”

As Josh took to hitting the notes, Simon became emotional and you could see him wiping away a few times at tears.  Some people explain that the song put Simon in an emotional state because it hit a nerve which was still raw: his mother passed away on July 5, 2015 at the age of 89.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, another judge on the panel, was also in tears. “That was the most captivated I’ve been in all the auditions so far,” she said.

Here’s the performance (double-click the video if you want to watch it in full screen):

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