Jillian Jensen - Who You Are - X Factor
Adam Rifkin stashed this in American Idol
An outstanding X Factor audition.
Demi Lovato: "When you sang, you broke my heart."
Jillian Jensen takes the pain from having been bullied and puts it into her performance.
Jensen, 20, said she grew up listening to newbie judge Britney Spears, idolizes L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell and considers Demi Lovato to be the biggest inspiration in her life. "She's doing what I love to do and has the same background I have," she said, alluding to their mutual experience as victims of bullying.
"Look, we're both up here," Lovato told Jensen before she performed. "The bullies that bullied us, they're at home watching us on TV!"
Lovato, 20, who has struggled with eating disorders and cutting, talked about her experience with bullying on the MTV special "Stay Strong" earlier this year. As soon as Jensen began telling her story of being bullied in middle and high school, it was clear Lovato felt a kindred spirit in the room.
"It made me very, very emotional knowing that we share that and knowing that this is the person who gave me courage to continue, regardless of what people say," Jensen said.
And once Jensen began singing, well, Lovato couldn't hold back the tears, and it was obvious Jensen had touched a part of Demi that reminded her of how far she's come in recovery.
The crowd in the "X Factor" studio went nuts after the run through Jessie J's empowerment anthem "Who You Are" and Jensen, too, just lost it, as Lovato walked to the stage and gave her a long, loving embrace. Even Cowell seemed on the verge of tears. "It's OK, I know exactly what you've gone through, but I made it through, and I know you will to," Demi reassured a sobbing Jensen.
It's tough to be a teenager. Bullies suck.
Luckily, Jensen made it through the pain. Stay strong, Jillian!
She could have a huge career. She's a front runner in this year's X Factor.