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Rion Paige Thompson
Age: 13
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Mentor: Demi Lovato
5th Place on the X Factor USA

Rion Paige Thompson is an American country singer from Jacksonville, Florida who finished in 5th place on season 3 of the X Factor USA. She was a part of the Girls catagory, mentored by Demi Lovato.

Rion, who has a rare condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita which has caused permanent damage to her arms, resulting in her hands being in a fixed bent position, is an adorable 13-year-old eighth grader who loves eating olives from the can and is a huge fan of The Hunger Games. She also loves country music and cites Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift as a couple of her musical influences.

The X Factor
Rion auditioned for the show in Charleston, South Carolina, impressing the judges with her cheerful and spunky attitude. She then wowed them with her rendition of the Carrie Underwood hit “Blown Away”. She got four yeses and made the top 40 with Demi Lovato as her mentor.

Four Chair Challenge
In this phase of the competition, Rion took on the Rascal Flatts song, “I Won’t Let Go”. Very impressed by her, Demi chose her to be a part of the live shows.

Live shows
In the first live show, Rion decided to switch things up, choosing to sing “Skyscraper” by her mentor, Demi Lovato. Rion’s performance wowed both the judges and the crowd. Simon Cowell even expressed hope that she would stay in the competition. His wish came true when Demi chose Rion to be a part of the top 12.


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  • xtekinhax

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  • superfungirl91

    born this way was fantastic! i love how she just embraces and loves herself so much and so easily. that's not easy for everyone to do.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • superfungirl91

    her audition for the x factor was amazing. im excited to see how she does. im sure she'll have some pretty awesome albums :)

    25 Sep 2013 Reply

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