Angelina Jordan, Age 7, Channels Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday" on 'Norway's Got Talent' Audition
First it was Jackie Evancho on America's Got Talent. Then it was Amira on Holland's Got Talent. And now 7-year-old Angelina Jordan has become the latest pint-sized prodigy to amaze the judges with her mature-sounding voice, during an audition for Norway's Got Talent in which she sang a cover of Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday."
Wearing a white dress and no shoes, Angelina stood on the stage of Norway's Got Talent and softly sang the opening notes of "Gloomy Sunday," the song Holiday made famous in 1941, gaining confidence and volume as she sang. Her uncanny ability to sound like the tragic jazz singer brought tears to at least one judge's eyes. The judges and many in the crowd gave her a standing ovation after she finished.
The video of her performance has since gone viral, racking up nearly 3 million views:
After her audition, Judge Omer Bhatti told her, "I think you are an old soul who has lived many lives. You sing fantastic and I got goose bumps from the very beginning."
Judge Bjarte Hjelmeland said, "Sometmes when you are an adult, and you see a child that sings, we can't really understand how it's possible. Because you sing in a way the we believe you have to be old, or even very old, to be able to do... Yes, I felt that sad Sunday."
The judges all said "yes" to Angelina, giving her a spot on the upcoming Norwegian edition of the popular talent show.
Here's Billie Holiday's original 1941 version of the jazz standard: