The judges love it when an X-Factor contestant adds some edge to “Hallelujah.”

The judges are not really impressed when this father announces that he will be performing one of the songs that has been covered the most recently. Once he hits the first note, even Simon Cowell is rendered speechless.

The Canadian singer-songwriter “Hallelujah” was initially released in 1984 on his “Various Positions” album. However, the song didn’t gain popularity until John Cale’s 1991 performance.

But the version most of us are familiar with is the top-charting song from 1994 by L.A. session musician Jeff Buckley. Since Buckley’s understated delivery won us over, the song has been performed and recorded by more than 300 other musicians.

In this 2012 X Factor audition, American contestant Jeffery Adam Gutt pulls out the masterpiece for the most amazing cause. Gutt asserts that supporting his 4-year-old son is his main motivation for auditioning. Any young performer would be pleased with their performance.

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