"American Idol's" Nicolina Bozzo Delivers a Stunning Version of "Hallelujah"

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18-year-old Canadian singer and "American Idol"contestant Nicolina Bozzo wowed judges with her powerful performance of "Hallelujah." Bozzo dedicated her performance of Leonard Cohen's track "Hallelujah" to her grandmother who battled cancer. 

"My nana is the strongest person I've ever met," she said. "When everything happened I thought I was going to lose my best friend and I didn't know what was going to happen, so it was definitely one of the hardest moments of my life."  

"I think music is super powerful. It changed my life, really," she said in an earlier episode of the singing competition. "Growing up, my family was super close. We did everything together. But about five years ago, my parents split up and got a divorce. After separating and being kind of not the same as it was, everything kind of went downhill with my family."

"American Idol" judge Katy Perry was stunned, "That was so angelic. It was like watching an angel sing this beautiful song. ... It was really, really beautiful. You held on to it, you controlled it. It was amazing. What a tribute."

Idol judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie were equally impressed, with the latter telling Bozzo she is "gifted beyond your years.

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