Whether its plagiarism or lip syncing, singers and other artists are accused being fakes or phonies quite often. Just ask Aida Nikolaychuk, a 29-year-old cashier auditioning for Ukraine’s X-Factor.

When Aida first appeared on stage, she is perfectly poised and looks like she’s been waiting for this moment for a lifetime. Aida tells the judges that she will be performing a song called ‘Lullaby’ by a popular Russian singer named Polina Gagarina.

Not moments after she had begun to sing, the judges, Ihor Kondratiuk and Sergey Vasilyevich Parkhomenko (a.k.a. Seryoga), began whispering. It doesn’t seem like Aida is noticing what they are saying so she continues to perform.

Seryoga: “Are you kidding me? Is this some joke?”
Ihor: “Is this a recording?”

Seryoga: “Yes, I think it’s a recording.”
Ihor: “Is this live? Is she lip syncing?”

This is the moment that the judges stopped the music; they couldn’t believe that she’d actually try and pull off a stunt like that on television. They asked her to sing a cappella and you’re going to want to see their faces — continue to the next page.

Music is one of the most incredible things that we humans create and use to communicate. It transcends cultures and boundaries bringing people together. It allows us to express ourselves on another level – like one contestant did for his brother who passed away.

The contestant was performing on Britain’s X Factor — adding to his nerves, the infamous judge Simon Cowell would be witnessing his performance. His name is Christian Burrows and he bravely took the stage.

After performing a song, the judges weren’t impressed. But afterward — the judges began speaking with the young man and getting to know his story. He mentioned his love for Ed Sheeran.

The intimidating Simon Cowell then reminded Christian that Ed Sheeran is an incredible songwriter. This is the moment that the nervous contestant revealed that he too was a songwriter.

Simon then asks Christian if he could sing something — Christian agrees to perform a song he had written for his brother that passed away. This is when magic was about to happen.

His performance had all the judges’ jaws dropped. Even Simon Cowell.