It spawned One Direction and no less than 350 top ten records but the X Factor has never launched a disabled star – but that could all change now Rion Paige is in town.

The adorable 13-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida stole Simon Cowell’s heart on the opening night of USA’s season three – leading the A&R kingpin to stunned silence and emphatic praise.

Before singing Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away the curly haired contestant cheerfully explained how a medical condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) leads her to have curved joints in her wrists and weak hands.

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