Seven year old Angelina Jordan blows judges away singing ‘Gloomy Sunday’ by Billy Holiday on Norway’s Got Talent. Courtesy: Norway’s Got Talent.
A seven-year-old girl fronted up to Norway’s Got Talent this week and shocked everyone with a remarkably faithful take on Billie Holiday’s classic Gloomy Sunday.
Jazz singer Holiday remains an icon more than half a decade after her death, thanks in part to her instantly recognisable singing voice — a raspy, gin-soaked growl. To hear that same voice coming out of a small Norwegian child shocked the judges, one of whom was reduced to tears by the performance.
Needless to say, seven-year-old Angelina Jordan Astar made it through to the next round of the television talent competition. The young girl told a Norwegian television station she speaks English and “understood [the song] very well.”
“I felt something special about it, it’s hard to explain in words. When I sang it for my mum, she said that this song is nice, but it was incredibly sad song.”
Sad is an understatement — the song has been associated with a variety of urban legends over the years, mostly involving it being allegedly connected with various numbers of suicides, and radio networks reacting by purportedly banning the song.
Recorded by Holiday in 1941, The BBC banned Billie Holiday’s version of the song from being broadcast, as it was deemed detrimental to wartime morale.
Check out Angelina’s incredible audition in the video above — and for comparison, here’s Holiday’s famous rendition of the classic tear-jerker: