Jennifer Phillips Earns Standing Ovation with Mary Mary’s ‘Shackles’ Cover on X Factor

Judges can’t help but get up and dance. This was the case of Jennifer Phillips during her live performance on the X Factor UK 2015 auditions season premiere.

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The 49-year-old singer from London surprised the four judges of the competition after hitting the high notes with Mary Mary’s Shackles.

Rita Ora said, “You just need a constant standing ovation.” Cheryl Fernandez-Versini then added: “Jennifer, seriously, to coin a phrase, you took us to church, girl!”

Grimmy said, “It wasn’t even like an audition, I feel like I’m at a Jennifer Phillips concert, it was sick!”

Simon Cowell, “You were gonna sing Halo, and you had this one in your back pocket. It was magical for you, it was actually magical for me because we saw who the real Jennifer is, which is this little tiger.

“You define the word ‘joy’.”

Watch her performance below.