When singing is done truly it tells a story, shares emotions and commands emotions. Jillian Jensen‘s X Factor USA audition did just that.
Her emotionally heartbreaking story of being bullied in school and her incredibly emotional performance even left Simon Cowell emotional.
In an interview with OK!magazine Jillian recalled:
“I was first bullied in seventh grade when I did the right thing by reporting a student who had offered me cocaine.”
“Everyone hated me because I was the snitch. I left that school after the year was over but it was torture.”
“When I left – the kids continued to cyber bully me and it hurt really bad.””That’s when I started self-harming. I used an eraser on my skin. I just wanted to erase myself from everything. I erased my skin until I would bleed.”
“This is so emotional for me to talk about. But I want to let it out in the hope that it helps other people going through the same thing.
Jillian sang Jessie J’s poignant song, Who You Are, which she sang for victims of bullying.
“I always told myself that if I ever made it on TV I would dedicate my performance to those who had been through the same thing. I couldn’t have chosen a better song,” the 19-year-old said.
Jillian has obviously been through a lot, but as the motto goes: Stay Strong. Her performance was a testimony of overcoming the pain inflicted by others. Her very presence on stage was inspiring as well as emotional.
There were not many dry eyes in the house, and to sing with so much genuine emotion instantly told a story and grabbed the hearts and souls of those watching.
Jillian further told OK!magazine:
…that if she hadn’t gone through her horrific experiences she wouldn’t be “the person who I am today” and she no longer feels animosity towards the bullies.
“Now I am at ease, they don’t matter to me anymore. Their voices were constantly in my head and it sucked. But I’ve let go of the hate.”
An inspiring performance and inspiring words and lessons to learn from.
Jillian Jensen’s X Factor USA audition is the start of a great inspiring new chapter, that has already touched the lives of thousands. There is so much power in such truthful vulnerability and honesty.