28th Aug 2012 4:21pm | By Helen Elfer
An 18yr old Australian has blown away X Factor judges with a cover of ‘Skinny Love’ by Birdy.
Bella Ferraro’s mesmerizing performance of the song, which was originally by Bon Iver, prompted a standing ovation from the audience, as her mother was left in tears.
Bella Ferraro dropped out of high school in her final year, saying she had no motivation to finish. But it seems her talents are better suited to the musical rather than the academic arena, as the pretty redhead is now tipped to be one of the show’s strongest contenders to win.
Judge panelist Natalie Bassingthwaighte compared her voice to pop heavyweights Ronan Keating and Adele, saying that Isabella’s performance was definitely the best of the day.