As Kevin Davy White stood alone on The X Factor UK stage, he looked ready to blow the judges away with a very familiar song.
His song of choice was “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, which was a huge risk. However, once he started singing, it was clear that his version was something special in and of itself.
In the video below, posted on November 19, 2017, Kevin begins strumming his guitar and sings the first few lyrics of the song very slowly and clearly. As he continues, he holds long, wispy notes, and the cover sounds so different from Whitney’s version, some people might not even recognize it!
In fact, it’s pretty similar to Dolly Parton’s original version, but there’s just something about the way Kevin performs it that makes the song seem pretty haunting. Although I can’t put my finger on it, Kevin’s special sound tugs on judge Nicole Scherzinger’s heartstrings.
Suddenly, she tears up and begins to cry as he finishes his performance in front of millions.
So, what do you think of Kevin’s cover of this classic song? Did it make you emotional as well?
Check out Kevin’s unique version of “I Will Always Love You” in the video below, and please SHARE if you like the interesting spin he put on this Whitney Houston hit!