A 21-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome who previously hadn’t left his home in seven years blew away Britain’s “X Factor” judges with his singing talent.
One of the music talent show’s judges, Danniii Minogue, says that the young man’s rendition of “You Raise Me Up” rivals the performances of Susan Boyle.
Like Susan, Scott James of Stockton-on-Tees, England has been sheltered for most of his life. He faces social and communication challenges due to his disorder.
And yet the young singer wowed Minogue and fellow judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh with his audition performance.
Minogue said: "He told us that because of his Asperger's syndrome and the fact he'd been picked on, he hadn't left the house in years.
"But he just stood there calmly and told us that his singing teacher had been helping him to build his confidence.
"Then he started singing. You will not believe his performance when you see it."
The audience went nuts for Scott, and Cowell, who is Susan Boyle’s mentor, was so impressed, that he stopped auditions to go backstage and congratulate the singer.
Scott’s performance landed him in “boot camp” stage of the show for the top 50 singers.
When this year’s season of “X Factor” begins this month, viewers will also get to see Scott perform Katy Perry's “Hot 'n' Cold” and Faith Hill's “There You'll Be,” but will have to watch and see if he makes it through to the next round.