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loveandgratitude
2nd September 2011, 10:53
PLUCKY Melbourne singer Emmanuel Kelly is dreaming of a recording career after moving tough judges to tears on 'The X Factor'.

Emmanuel, the adopted son of Children First Foundation boss Moira Kelly, wowed Ronan Keating, Spice Girl Mel Brown, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian with his heartfelt performance of the John Lennon classic Imagine on last night's audition show.

Emmanuel and his brother Ahmed were adopted from Iraq, both suffering limb deficiencies as a result of chemical warfare.

They were abandoned at an orphanage and rescued by Ms Kelly, who is also the guardian of the once-conjoined Bangladeshi twins, Krishna and Trishna.

Emmanuel said it was "more than magic" to be on X Factor".

"Words could not describe what I was feeling on that stage," he said.


"When I got up and started singing, there was nothing else. Adrenalin just took over. It was just a blur."

Emmanuel said he believes he had a gift.

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