Stage fright is a very real thing. Sure, some people were born to get on stage with no qualms. But if you aren’t one of those people, getting up there can be one of the scariest things in the world.
The feeling of stage fright spreads throughout the whole body. Your knees get weak. You can start to feel either very cold or very hot, or maybe even both at once. Your palms get sweaty and it gets hard to think. Everything turns into a fog for a bit.
But, oftentimes, if you just rip the bandaid off, take the leap, jump right in, or whichever turn of phrase you prefer, those terrible feelings are replaced with pure adrenaline.
For one young mother for three, this is exactly what happened.
Sian Pattison never planned on stepping onto a stage as big as the X Factor. At 31, she thought that she was content as a loving mother and career woman. However, one of her daughters saw past that exterior and knew that there was a fire burning brightly somewhere deep within her.
So, her young daughter went behind her back and submitted an application for the show.
From that point, there was no turning back. Sian had to take to the stage and see what would happen.
As she steps onto the stage, you can tell that her legs are a bit wobbly. She’s so scared that she’s going to get bad feedback from the judges in front of everyone sitting out there in the crowd.
Once she starts singing, her worst fear comes true.
Simon reaches his hand up to stop the music after just a few bars of the song. When the camera pans to the daughter, the look of pure dread is enough to melt your heart.
But it’s not her voice that Simon doesn’t like, it’s the song.
He asks Sian to sing a different tune – one that she’s not prepared at all – and he asks her to do it with every drop of emotion she’s got.
After a slightly bumpy start to this completely new song, she’s off and running. The nerves transform into joy and confidence. She sings this song with so much heart.
Can you imagine singing a song that you had zero time to prepare in front of a crowd this big? That takes real guts.
The performance was so touching that by the end of it, there’s not a dry eye in the house. Mother and daughter are both wiping away tears.
This was such a wonderful thing that this sweet girl did for her mom. She’s given her the gift of confidence! Now Sian will never have to wonder if she’d fail or succeed in a situation like this ever again.
What did you think of this performance?
The best part is when Sian’s daughter runs up onto the stage to give her the biggest hug.
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