Simon Cowell Gives 12-Year-Old Standing Ovation After Whitney Houston Cover

Every year the judges, viewers, and lucky audience members get to witness one incredible act after another on Britain’s Got Talent. There are singers, dancers, magicians, and gravity-defying aerial acts that grace the coveted stage.

At just 12 years old, Maria Gough chases after her dreams of making it big. The timid young girl walked out on stage in a lovely pink dress, and the judges quickly make her feel at home with a little bit of friendly banter.

When she says she’s going to sing a Whitney Houston song, Simon Cowell gives a worrisome look. Singing, “I Have Nothing,” the young hopeful instantly has the audience applauding her before she’s finished with the first line.

Gough’s powerful and mature vocals are that of a trained professional. She belts each note effortlessly, and it isn’t long before the entire theater, along with the judges, are standing on their feet for a standing ovation.