The X Factor returned for its second week of auditions Wednesday night, and it seems the contestants are much stronger. Even Simon Cowell was stopped in his nay-saying tracks when hopeful Josh Krajcik took the stage, marking one of the best auditions yet.
The judges panel looked stunned after the 30-year-old burrito maker crooned the first notes of the Etta James classic “At Last.”
“I always thought I wouldn’t be surprised again, and then you started singing and it just blew me away,” Simon said.
Josh’s performance was full of soul and his raspy voice made the audience swoon.
At the end of his heartfelt rendition of the song, Paula Abdul gushed, “There are just certain voices that the second you open up your mouth to sing, it gets into our skin and that energy is incredible.”
“What a treat,” she added.
Josh’s introductory clip certainly left us skeptical, but he delivered in the end.
Catch his performance below!