“It’s always nice to be able to prove people incorrect, especially when they have doubts about you.” It’s very satisfying to see their mocking expressions change to shock and admiration. One of those moments is this audition from The X Factor Ukraine.

Julia Ivanova, 29, chose to audition for “The X Factor” in order to break into the music industry. Song selection can make or break an audition, and Julia wanted to make sure she stood out and presented her talents to the best of her ability. She fearlessly chose “The Show Must Go On” by Queen.

This powerful ballad requires immense vocal force and talent, and The X Factor crowd knew it that day. It’s all too easy to develop judgments about someone’s abilities based just on their appearance. Julia joined the stage wearing a studded white leather jacket and vivid red hair. She grabbed the mic stand out of the base and began dancing around with it before freezing in a stance when the song’s introduction began like Freddie Mercury frequently did during his performances.

Many in the audience misinterpreted Julia’s bold appearance and confidence for a joke and began snickering and grimacing. She appeared to be the rebellious offspring of Elvis and Ariel from The Little Mermaid. However, their attitudes shifted as soon as she began to sing.

The deep, rich voice emanating from this contender astounded everyone. Julia’s stage presence, presentation, and singing made it difficult to believe she wasn’t a seasoned rock star who had been on the road for years. Are you certain that this wasn’t Pink or Kelly Clarkson in disguise?

Julia definitely dominated the stage and held everyone’s attention during her whole performance. Everyone in the room gave her a standing ovation at the end of her audition. People who had only a few minutes before making fun of her were suddenly her biggest fans. What a difference in their expressions!

Don’t take Julia’s daring appearance as a joke. She is a serious vocalist with a seasoned star’s voice and stage presence. Her audition has received nearly 2.5 million views on YouTube. This is hardly the last you’ll see of this redhead.”

By Mariam