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Carly Rose Sonenclar’s “As Long As You Love Me” ‘Better’ Than Bieber’s on X Factor

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One of music’s most promising young stars took on one of the most successful on Wednesday’s “X Factor,” where Carly Rose Sonenclar covered Justin Bieber.

The 13-year-old aspiring singer performed a stripped-down version of Bieber’s hit “As Long As You Love Me,” earning enthusiastic raves from the judges.

L.A. Reid, who is among the record execs responsible for launching Bieber’s career, said Sonenclar’s performance was one of her “best.”

“The one thing I’ve always been concerned about was how you could handle yourself as a recording artist,” Reid said before adding, “What I loved about that performance is that you actually showed some restraint.”

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Demi Lovato was even more effusive in her praise, going as far as saying, “I love it when I hear unplugged versions of songs that are better than the actual songs. You sang it better than Justin did.”

Simon Cowell, who called the cover one of his “favorite” performances, told Sonenclar, “This is why I love working in this country. We find people like you.”

“And I’ve gotta tell you,” he continued, “I’m seeing a star emerge in front of me week after week after week.”

Sonenclar’s mentor Britney Spears selected “As Long As You Love Me” for the unplugged performance, and commended her contestant for making “each song your own.”

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