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Rion Paige from "The X Factor 2013" is one of top 16 contestants in Season 3 of the FOX reality singing competition series. She is a 13-year-old eighth-grade student from Jacksonville, Florida.
Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a rare disorder that caused a curving of the joints in her wrists, Rion has grown up always knowing she is different. She says, "It was hard for me, as a little kid, to see other kids holding microphones and able to move around when we used to go to karaoke places, and I would have to have my mom hold the microphone." She is also almost permanently blind in her right eye.

Rion sang "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood for her audition. The judges gave her a standing ovation and four yeses. Demi Lovato told her, "I cannot believe the struggles that you've had and how positive you are. I think everyone in this room can learn something from you today." Simon Cowell said, "I think you are literally extraordinary. I really do. I remember the first day I met Carrie Underwood, and I remember predicting this girl was going to go on and do special things with her life, and I'm going to say the same about you, Rion. I'm going to remember this audition for a long, long time. I mean, in every single way, Rion, you are a beautiful person."

Rion Paige made it through to boot camp and is competing in the girls category under the mentorship of judge Demi Lovato. Rion then sang "I Won't Let Go" by Rascal Flatts for the four-chair challenge, and Demi selected her to be in the top 4 girls.

Growing up, Rion often performed at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.




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Age: ∼13 years old
Current Residence: Jacksonville, FL





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