Simon rolls his eyes at 12 but amazes everyone with the Whitney Houston song.

Very few singers have come close to the extraordinary talent of the late Whitney Houston.

That’s why when the judges of «Britain’s Got Talent» heard that a young contestant had chosen one of the superstar’s songs for her audition in 2015, they were a little surprised. Certainly this little girl could not emulate such an icon. But 12-year-old Maia Gough, from South Wales, proved them wrong.

Maia told the judges that Houston is her musical idol and, as such, she would perform the legendary singer’s classic, “I Have Nothing.” While judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams all seemed a little skeptical at first, their minds changed as soon as Maia started singing.

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After only a few seconds into the song, Maia had already had the audience cheering with her surprisingly powerful voice. Who knew a preteen could sing his heart out like a pro?

Maia proved herself more than capable of hitting a hit in Houston, but even she was stunned by everyone’s reaction. Her incredible performance brought the entire audience and the judges to their feet, including the notoriously strict Cowell. We’re sure Houston herself would have been proud.

“It was incredibly amazing,” Amanda Holden said of Maia’s performance.

“For all the right reasons, you are the one I will remember today.” added Simon Cowell.

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Even years later, watching Maia do her thing on stage is a magical experience. Unfortunately she didn’t win the competition, but she managed to reach the semi-final. «Britain’s Got Talent» was just the beginning of this talented singer’s musical journey. The now teenager still charms listeners on her YouTube channel, so be sure to check her out!

Watch how Maia amazes the audience during her audition in the video below and share her talent with the world.

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