Lauren Spencer-Smith has earned everyone’s respect.
Last week on “American Idol”, the 16-year-old from Nanaimo, B.C., wowed audiences and judges alike with her powerful take on an Aretha Franklin classic.
Spencer-Smith performed a show-stopping rendition of “Respect” in Hawaii that had everyone on their feet.
The performances earned her a spot in the top 20; on Twitter, Lionel Richie couldn’t stop heaping praise on the young singer.
Spencer-Smith’s performance quickly gained her a fan base with the show deciding to release an unseen performance the following week.