During last night's X Factor, finalists and contenders who were recently voted off gathered together to perform a heartfelt version of You Are Not Alone as a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting and their loved ones.
For the usually sarcastic, cool-headed Simon Cowell, introducing such a somber event was apparently one of the most emotionally difficult things he's had to do in his whole television career.
"I would say it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do on TV in my life. We made the decision and decided that we were going to introduce it like we did, and then it hits you what you are about to announce and what it is about. I think anybody in my position would have been the same, and I think it was much harder for the singers. For them to have to sing that lyric … it was a miracle they did it, because it really affected them. But it was the right thing to do."
We can't even imagine trying to sing through the overwhelming emotion that was obviously felt by everyone who was standing on the X Factor stage…
But it was a beautiful performance, nonetheless.
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