Iraqi warfare survivor on X Factor Australia - Emmanuel Kelly
Sign in to YouTube
Sign in to YouTube
Sign in to YouTube
Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011
Please rate, comment and share
PLUCKY Melbourne singer Emmanuel Kelly is dreaming of a recording career after moving tough judges to tears on 'The X Factor'.
Emmanuel, the adopted son of Children First Foundation boss Moira Kelly, wowed Ronan Keating, Spice Girl Mel Brown, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian with his heartfelt performance of the John Lennon classic Imagine on last night's audition show.
Emmanuel and his brother Ahmed were adopted from Iraq, both suffering limb deficiencies as a result of chemical warfare.
They were abandoned at an orphanage and rescued by Ms Kelly, who is also the guardian of the once-conjoined Bangladeshi twins, Krishna and Trishna.
Emmanuel said it was "more than magic" to be on X Factor".
"Words could not describe what I was feeling on that stage," he said.
"When I got up and started singing, there was nothing else. Adrenalin just took over. It was just a blur."
Emmanuel said he believes he had a gift.
"Singing is what I love doing and singing is the only thing I want to do," he said.
"I know plenty of singers that are 50 times better than I am, it is just they chose not to follow that path. Singing is the path I want to follow and some doors have opened up now and I just want to push even more.
"I just want to sing and I want to make people happy."
Kelly said his damaged limbs had not held him back and that he was not looking for sympathy.
"I have actually been through nothing compared to some of the other kids I have met and mum has brought out," he said.
"I don't want people to look at it (his performance) and go: 'Wow that is brave.' I want people to look at me and go, 'Wow, he has got a really good voice' or 'Wow, he is going to go far in life,' not, 'Wow, that is brave for him to do that'."
Emmanuel's rendition of Imagine earned a standing ovation from the judges and packed audience.
Ronan Keating was full of praise for Emmanuel who has now moved into the next round of competition.
"I don't think I've ever been moved as I was by that performance," he said.
Emmanuel auditioned for Australia's Got Talent last year but did not make it on to the show
Standard YouTube License
- 8:26 Emmanuel Kelly The X Factor 2011 Auditions Emmanuel Kelly FULLby DrReapsFeatured 14,477,677
- 8:02 Homeless Boy Steals The Talent Showby inspirationbygod 88,287,206 views
- 7:32 SUSAN BOYLE 1st [HD]by AUTOR202 5,061,538 views
- 6:14 Emotional Performance.mp4by azsilentvoice 8,377,530 views
- The X Factor Australia 582 videos151K
- 4:46 Emmanuel Kelly interview with Today Tonight - X Factor Australia Sensationby J1MZO7 642,259 views
- 4:37 Luigiano Paals audition - The X Factor UK 2011 (Full Version)by Simonee966 5,713,880 views
- 6:01 X Factor Bulgaria - Girl with AMAZING voice performs "Mamma knows best" by Jessie Jby cerber681 795,842 views
- 4 videos Play all Emmanuel Kelly X Factor Australiaby asburysteve
- 4:09 The X Factor 2011 Auditions - Paul Browneby The X Factor Australia 1,453,594 views
- 5:47 The X Factor Australia 2010 SALLY CHATFIELD sings "Hurt"by LiteracyLabyrinth2 766,840 views
- 5:41 Carmelo Munzone - Auditions - The X Factor Australia 2012 night 4 [FULL]by hiptoeknee 1,285,067 views
- 5:00 The Xtra Factor - "Girl v Boy" Audition (X Factor Auditions 2011)by DiZ1107 1,481,888 views
- 6:05 Tyla Bertolli - The X Factor Australia 2011 auditionsby hiptoeknee 293,701 views
- 1:41 Britains Got Talent Fans - MUST SEE! Amazing Aussie!by GotTalentFan 558,570 views
- 6:49 ANDREW WISHART AGE 40 The_X_Factor Australiaby Trevor Knott 449,489 views
- 6:57 Pamela Cook - The X Factor Australia 2011 Auditionby hiptoeknee 98,041 views
- 7:08 Paige Elliot Phoenix - The X Factor australia 2011 Audition - Never Tear Us Apartby hiptoeknee 146,357 views
- 5:51 Joel Goncalves - Auditions - The X Factor Australia 2012 night 2 [FULL]by hiptoeknee 1,261,401 views
- 4:42 Young Mens Society - The X Factor Australia 2011 Auditionsby hiptoeknee 317,152 views
- 3:38 X Factor Auditions 2009 - Stacey from dagenham (HQ)by Xfactorblogger 2,508,278 views
- 3:30 John Lennon - Imagineby Rodrigo Cecchetto 15,819,652 views
- Loading more suggestions...