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Young Fiddler Surprises Judges With Soulful Audition

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Fifteen-year-old Amelia Eisenhower walked into the judging room on American Idol holding an instrument that has yet to be seen on the show - a fiddle.

Keith Urban even asked his fellow judges, "Is this a first for us? A fiddle player?"

A country singer himself, he looked excited to see what this young fiddler had in store for them!

She began singing "Many Rivers To Cross" by Annie Lennox and blew everyone away. Jennifer Lopez told fellow judge Harry Connick, Jr., "I like her voice", during the audition.

"Many Rivers To Cross" was written in 1969 by Jimmy Cliff and has been recorded by many artists including John Lennon, and Linda Rondstadt. The song's most famous versions are by reggae band UB40, Cher, and Annie Lennox.

During the audition, Amelia really showed different sides to herself, musically. She showed off the grit, soul, and strength of her voice.

"Your voice is really extraordinary, it's an unusual tone," Urban told her. "And you have this ability to have this sort of potency and then to dial it back as well, it's really, really good."

It's safe to say she will be heading to Hollywood to compete for the final title of American Idol!

Watch the incredible performance below.

Lyrics Below

Many many rivers to cross
But I can't seem to find my way over
Wandering I am lost
As I travel along the white cliffs of Dover

Many rivers to cross
And it's only my will that keeps me alive
I've been licked, washed up for years
And I merely survive because of my pride

And this loneliness won't leave me alone
It's such a drag to be on your own
Lovers left me and I don't know the reason why
Well, I guess I'll have to cry

Many rivers to cross
But just where to begin, I'm playing for time
There been times when I find myself
Thinking of committing some dreadful crime

Amelia Eisenhauer - Audition


Posted by American Idol on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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