Lillie McCloud receives a standing ovation for her X Factor USA audition of Alabaster Box

The X Factor USA - Lillie McCloud auditions

If I said to you that Lillie McCloud was a 54 year old grandmother who auditioned for The X Factor USA wearing a skintight black PVC catsuit, you’d think it was one of those train wreck auditions, wouldn’t you? Well, dear reader, you’d be wrong.

This lady, and her rather impressive afro, rocked the skintight look better – and hotter – than most twentysomethings could have. But sure, she looked hot, but could she sing? Lillie opted to sing a relatively obscure song by Cece Winans, Alabaster Box. Her voice was soulful and rich, and she literally captivated the audience with her rendition of the song. Her stage presence was perfect, and her image was memorable.

In the end, after a stunning audition of a little known song, Lillie received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.

What the judges said:

  • Paulina Rubio: That was unbelievable, lady.
  • Kelly Rowland: Where you been hiding? The fact that you sang a song that people didn’t know and y’all could feel that, couldn’t you? Every single part of this room, you touched with your voice.
  • Simon Cowell: I honestly think you have an incredible voice. You absolutely nailed it. It really was that good.
  • Demi Lovato: Oh my god, you ripped my heart out of my chest. I feel like I’m listening to Whitney. And I feel like maybe your time wasn’t supposed to happen until now.

Rickey.org points out that there’s an interesting connection between Lillie and Simon Cowell. Aside from the fact that Lillie has recorded several albums as Nicole McCloud, the site claims she also lived in Slovakia for a period and actually sang the theme tune to Slovakia’s Got Talent (and the Got Talent franchise is owned by…guess who?)

Of course, at Unreality TV, we have no problem with former recording artists coming on these shows for a second shot at fame. Someone as talented as Lillie deserves another try at the limelight, and it’ll be interesting to watch a seasoned performer go up against some of the younger singers. What do you guys think?

by Gerard McGarry on September 12th, 2013

Gerard is the founder and editor of Unreality TV. He writes about TV dramas as well as reality TV talent shows and is obsessed by sci-fi and Doctor Who. Follow him on Twitter @gerrybot or Google+

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5 thoughts on “Lillie McCloud receives a standing ovation for her X Factor USA audition of Alabaster Box

  1. Rayne McCloud says:

    Now that we know a 50+ year old singer who has never known how to do anything but sing, has been um singing! How awesome is it that world finally knows her & that voice that goes right into to our souls! Good Luck MOM!
    NO one deserves to be known & respected more then you! You have waited long enough to continue this journey! GO ALL THE WAY! – Rayne

  2. Marie says:

    I would encourage Lillie to continue singer for the glory of God and say to her, her best days are ahead of her. Clean up her personal life a little and keep singing to glorify God. Spot On!

  3. cathy says:

    @ Marie “Clean up her personal life a little”?! Is that what they are teaching in church nowadays? How to judge others? You are pathetic! Yes pathetic! You might want to reread your bible. I’m pretty sure there is a segment in there about judgment.

  4. Claudia says:

    What a beautiful voice! What a perfect song relevant to everyone…we can come to Christ just as we are: flawed human beings with a hunger for forgiveness and acceptance by a Perfect God! Best wishes for a wonderful future, Lillie! You deserve it!

  5. Paul says:

    Sorry, just don’t get it. The song was boring and she has been a professional singer for over 30 years. I thought these shows were for undiscovered talent. She had her shot, time to step aside. Especially when the two nerdy kids were soooo much better than she was.

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