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Drew Ryniewicz Turns ‘Flashdance’ Theme Into Ballad and Wows ‘X Factor’ Judges


Drew Ryniewicz, the 14-year-old sensation from Chino Valley, Ariz., took a pop classic, ‘Flashdance … What a Feeling’ and turned it into an haunting yet beautiful ballad on tonight’s edition of ‘X Factor.’

‘I went from so normal to being here and it’s intense,” admitted Drew, who is only going by one name now. “It’s nerve-wracking.”

Drew originally wowed the judges with a slowed-down version of Justin Bieber‘s ‘Baby,’ and she took a similar approach to the theme from the 1983 film ‘Flashdance.’

Seated the entire time, Drew showed off a voice that is mature beyond her years. If you didn’t know she was 14-years-old, you’d think she was a veteran singer. Her pitch-perfect voice has an ethereal quality to it that should make her a star whether she wins ‘X Factor’ or not.

Nicole Scherzinger called Drew a “folk princess,’ while Paula Abdul said, “The sweetness in your voice [tells] a story.”

Simon Cowell, who is Drew’s mentor, remarked, “This is why I wanted to be back on American TV — to find someone like you.”

After waiting out a couple more performances, Drew was the first of Cowell’s contestants that he chose to move on to the final 12 on ‘X Factor.’

Watch Drew Ryniewicz Sing on ‘X Factor’

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