In the Thursday evening (Sept. 20) North Carolina audition episode of ‘ X Factor,’ Willie Jones — 17-year-old Louisiana native sporting an acid-washed denim jacket and jeans, as well as an oversized Afro — kicked off the show with a stunning and breathtaking performance of Josh Turner’s ‘Your Man.’
When Jones seemed like his character from the Fresh Prince from Bel Air He wowed both judges and viewers. We had expected him to sing something that was hip-hop-related because Jones was dressed to impress with his cool fashion. He chose to sing the country track in the Turner’s ‘YourMan It was also the first song we’ve ever saw Scotty McCreery perform on American Idol.’ Look at the place the singer was! What is the direction this could take?
Jones did a fantastic job with the song with a smooth Rumble in the same key as Turner. Jones also drove for 14 hours to audition, and it’s evident Jones is determined to create waves.
L.A. Reid called him “an absolute original,” as the fellow Southerner Britney Spears was “surprised,” since she did not expect him to perform a genuine country tune. Simon Cowell also said he was awe-inspiring by saying, “Your voice is a incredible recording voice. This is a day that I will be remembered, my first experience with Willie Jones.”
We have to believe we Willie Jones could have a similar experience in a reality singing competition like McCreery. He received the same reaction to the same track and his future is promising. He’s headed to the ‘X Factor the boot camp.