"The X Factor" contestant Rion Paige may have had a hard life, but on the third season premiere of the U.S. reality show, judge Simon Cowell said she was the "easiest yes" he had ever given.
The 13-year-old Jacksonville, Fla., native was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a disorder that curves the joins in her wrists and appears to greatly reduce her ability to hold anything. Paige is also "almost permanently blind" in her right eye.
"I just want the judges to not take pity or think of me as different," she said in an interview before her audition in Charletson, N.C., adding, "Sometimes I just get really frustrated whenever I can't accomplish something that I think I could. Music helps me deal with it."
She also happens to be pretty good at it. She took to the stage to sing Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away," which was a fitting choice, considering her powerful Jewel-like voice.
"That's how you do it," a smiling Cowell said after joining the three other judges -- Demi Lovato,Read More »from ‘The X Factor’ contestant wows judges