Jennel Garcia Rocks On to the Next Round of ‘X Factor’ With Grace Potter’s ‘Paris’
‘X Factor‘ found its way to Providence, R.I. during its final hour of the season premiere, and viewers finally saw a contestant make it through to the next round after what seemed like forever: 18-year-old Jennel Garcia.
The Rochester, Mass. native and recent high school graduate brought along her entire family, mostly for inspiration. “My family, they’re like my motivation. I’m doing this for them,” she said in an interview. “I just want to make them proud today.”
Garcia was cute and bubbly, but the moment she stepped foot backstage and watched another set of contestants get denied a chance to move on, she became nervous. “I’m nervous, I’m excited. I just wanna pretend that I’m in my room, singing to myself, in the mirror, except there’s people cheering me on, and there’s really, really important people in front of me,” she said.
When it was her time to shine, Garcia announced that she was a Pat Benatar fan, and we thought we were in for a pretty good rendtion of Benatar’s ‘Heartbreaker,’ but we were sadly mistaken. Garcia opted for ‘Paris (Ooh La La)’ by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals — and the girl nailed it!
“I’m feeling you, so feeling you. You’re a feisty little power ball,” said L.A. Reid after a standing ovation from the crowd. Britney Spears echoed Reid’s sentiments, saying, “I was not expecting that. That was absolutely incredible, amazing.”
While Demi Lovato said she was “on fire,” Simon Cowell hit the nail on the head when he said she was what was missing from the pop charts. “I like you a lot,” he said, clearly thrilled with what looked to be his new protege.