The teen, who hails from Jacksonville, Fla., explained to all four judges — Simon Cowell, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato – that she suffered from a condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenital.
“It’s basically a whole bunch of words that describe something really simple. My hands are curved differently because of my joints, so I have to learn to do things differently,” she explained onstage. “I’m almost permanently blind in my right eye.”
At the tail end of her performance, the entire star panel gave the young lady a standing ovation.
“I remember the day I met Carrie Underwood and I remember predicting this girl was going to go on and do special things with her life,” Simon told Rion. “And I’m gonna say the same thing about you, Rion.”
With that, all four judges unanimously voted her into the next round.
Many YouTube viewers have commented on the video, praising Rion.
“Oh my God! She is so amazing!! She made me cry,” said one user. Another added, “Reminds me of Taylor Swift:) I love her!”
Check out the clip below — and be sure to tune in to the X Factor every Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. on FOX!