Norway’s Got Talent: 7-Year-Old Girl Sings Gloomy Sunday by Billie Holiday (Video)

OMG, Pop Culture — By on 2014/03/07 5:09 PM

Angelina Jordan Astar, a 7-year-old little girl, wows the judges of Norway’s Got Talent by singing a cover of Billie Holiday’s ‘Gloomy Sunday‘. Amazing performance! [Starts at 0:30.]

Video via Youtube. Spotted here.



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  • Levi

    That was a Hungarian song not Billie Holiday’s !!!!!

    • http://dailypicksandflicks.com PicksAndFlicks

      Maybe I didn’t express myself correctly but I certainly did not mean to say that Billie Holiday wrote the song. It’s common to associate songs with singers that made them famous with their interpretations. For example, everyone will say Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ but the song was actually written by Mark James. Furthermore, Gloomy Sunday is not a Hungarian song. By that I mean it’s not a Hungarian folk song. You don’t call ‘Candle in the Wind’ an English song, you say it’s an Elton John song. In the same way, Gloomy Sunday was written by Rezső Seress and László Jávor who are in fact Hungarian, but it was also rewritten into English language by Sam M Lewis and Paul Robeson. That’s an awful lot of explaining for a two line intro into a viral video. I always keep in mind how people might search for this videos and they will indeed search for a little Norwegian girl singing Billie Holiday’s Gloomy Sunday and not for a girl singing a Rezső Seress and László Jávor song or a girl singing Hungarian song on Norway’s Got Talent.

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  • Jason Bradley

    she doesn’t sound like Billie Holiday.

  • Jason Bradley

    she doesn’t sound like Billie Holiday.

  • Jason Bradley

    she doesn’t sound like Billie Holiday.

    • Anonymous

      Apparently alot of ppl disagree with you.

    • Natalie Roberts

      Yes she DOES sound like Billie Holiday. Have you heard Lady Day sing this particular song? It is just because of that that I believe she probably learned the song by listening to Billie Holiday’s recording of it, over and over. As Remell says below…She nailed it!…and she DID.

      • Jason Bradley

        I’ve heard Billie sing the song in different versions, at different ages. I think the girl mimics some of the phrasing similarly. But the voice isn’t similar. And how could it? She’s seven years old, singing in a different range and without any of the feeling which the song is singing about. Maybe when she grows up, her voice changes, and she suffers a little bit, she’ll figure it out. But until then she sounds like a robot singing in the wrong octave and trying to mimic something she doesn’t actually feel.

        • Amelia Friedenback

          There is no escape but to agree with you. This isn’t anything like Billie Holiday unless the sound of vocal jazz is limited to Billie. I think not. This little girl have already found her own unique jazz sound. And let’s be honest, this interpretation is richer than Billie’s even in this short version. The only thing that goes against it, is knowing her age, but then again, that’s a mental issue with the listener.

          • Jason Bradley

            Seriously? A 7 year old is richer than a woman who spent her entire life making music? Be a little bit realistic. No one is going to remember this stupid 7 year old girl 50 years from now, people still remember Billie Holiday. Anyone can sing jazz, but come on, a 7 year old singing a song about suicide as if she could ever have any idea what that song is actually about. Stop trying to pretend that she is this or that. She’s a 7 year old girl singing jazz. She hasn’t even had her first period yet let alone had sex done drugs or tried to kill herself. Jazz is a lot of things, but I’m pretty certain this girl has no life experience to actually be singing any of it. She’s just singing notes, and trying to mimic someone else’s style with her phrasing. Wouldn’t it be more unique if she sounded like something no one had heard before? I’m tired of defending poor deceased Billie Holiday so you crazy people feel free to believe whatever you will, but it’s nonsense. There’s great and then there’s this, and it’s a flash in the pan. A momentary internetz phenomenon replaced next week by something else. It’s not a real connection to anything.

          • Stian Bjøntegaard

            She is a small girl, 7 at the time of recording. Why is it important to state a list of things that is obvious to everyone? The case is that many people get moved and impressed by a little girl singing with so much life in her voice, – Mimic or not, I think it is very impressive. You even call a 7 year old girl for stupid, – well, that should pretty well tell us all about how totally f***ed up you are.

          • Atomic Man

            you have no class

  • Cloe

    She did a great job but I did expect what the title said, a little girl that sounds like Billie Holiday. Still very great job for this young one. Beautiful.

    • Natalie Roberts

      Really! Because those notes are some hard ones, even for someone that has been singing a long time more than this youngster. How wonderful. I just love that she chose this song. We will probably hear a lot more from her. I sure hope so….as long as she doesn’t go the way of Billie Holliday.

  • Remell

    She nailed it!!

  • Brenda Horton Fleming

    Great Performance……and yes she does sound a lot like Billy Holliday!!

  • Brenda Horton Fleming

    Great Performance……and yes she does sound a lot like Billy Holliday!!

  • Brenda Horton Fleming

    Great Performance……and yes she does sound a lot like Billy Holliday!!

  • LolaPops

    Is she doing heroin yet?

    • Anonymous

      tacky

      • LolaPops

        Oh shut up, twat…get back in your Prius and drive off a cliff….You’re part of the problem in this world that’s lost their sense of humor…You’re a complete bore and probably terrible in bed, if you even get it at all…Aloha!

        • Anonymous

          STFU YOU PIECE OF SHYT
          PRIUS? I HATE THOSE CARS AZZHOLE
          YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM, PEOPLE LIKE YOU IS WHAT MAKES THE WORLD SO F8CKED UP, SO GO INTO YOUR BASEMENT AND SMOKE YOUR CRACK PIPE B8TCH, YEAH I DO GET IT BUT UNLIKE YOU WHO SLEEPS WITH EVERY TOM DICK AND HARRY. YOU PROBABLY HAVE A VD YOU WHORE

          • LolaPops

            Dianna, thank God it’s Lent because I am sure your twat smells like Trout….

          • Anonymous

            STFU YOU ARE A TROLL, PROBABLY HANDICAPPED OR SOME SH8T LIKE THAT, YOU SOUND LIKE A PSYCHOTIC B8TCH, ALL OF YOU HANDICAPPED PSYCHOTIC B8TCHES ARE STRAIGHT TROLLS, YOU MUST HAVE NO FRIENDS AND LONELY AND MISERABLE.

            THIS IS YOUR WAY OF ENTERTAINMENT, I DEALT WITH PEOPLE LIKE YOU, SICK SENSE OF HUMOR AND F8CKED UP IN THE HEAD DUE TO SERIOUS MENTAL ISSUES, AM I GETTING THIS RIGHT SO FAR?

          • Anonymous

            STFU YOU ARE A TROLL, PROBABLY HANDICAPPED OR SOME SH8T LIKE THAT, YOU SOUND LIKE A PSYCHOTIC B8TCH, ALL OF YOU HANDICAPPED PSYCHOTIC B8TCHES ARE STRAIGHT TROLLS, YOU MUST HAVE NO FRIENDS AND LONELY AND MISERABLE.

            THIS IS YOUR WAY OF ENTERTAINMENT, I DEALT WITH PEOPLE LIKE YOU, SICK SENSE OF HUMOR AND F8CKED UP IN THE HEAD DUE TO SERIOUS MENTAL ISSUES, AM I GETTING THIS RIGHT SO FAR?

          • Anonymous

            ANYWAYS I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT AND DON’T HAVE TIME TO DEAL WITH YOUR MENTAL ISSUES, TALK TO YOUR SERVICE DOG ABOUT THAT, NORMAL PEOPLE HAVE TO GET BACK TO OUR REAL LIVES NOT THE INTERNET MAKE BELIEVE LIFE YOU HAVE B8TCH. I’M MUTING THIS CONVERSATION SINCE I HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF WASTING TIME THE COMPUTER LIKE YOU.

            CHEERS YOU DUMB OLD B8TCH
            TALK TO YOURSELF OR YOUR SERVICE DOG BECAUSE I HAVE NO TIME FOR YOU AFTER THIS MSG. YOU ARE BLOCKED!!!

          • LolaPops

            I can tell you want to make love to me but sorry, I am taken. However, I will send you some tartar sauce for your vagina and maybe you will attract a Fisherman! There’s always hope, honey! :)

  • Anonymous

    omg that first judge claimed he was related to Michael Jackson a few years ago

    • Stian Bjøntegaard

      I think the story is that it was Michael claiming this. At least according to what I have heard. But it is later confirmed to be untrue. Omer grew up in Holmlia, a suburb of Oslo.

      • Anonymous

        YEAH IDK, I DON’T THINK MICHAEL WAS CLAIMING IT BUT OTHER PEOPLE WERE, HIS PARENTS WORKED FOR MICHAEL YEARS AGO, HE WAS AROUND MICHAEL ALOT BUT OMER IS HE’S HALF NORWEGIAN – MOM AND HALF PAKISTANI DAD

      • Anonymous

        YEAH IDK, I DON’T THINK MICHAEL WAS CLAIMING IT BUT OTHER PEOPLE WERE, HIS PARENTS WORKED FOR MICHAEL YEARS AGO, HE WAS AROUND MICHAEL ALOT BUT OMER IS HE’S HALF NORWEGIAN – MOM AND HALF PAKISTANI DAD

  • Anonymous

    omg she is so adorable, her singing brought tears to my eyes

  • Anonymous

    She sounds more like Amy Winehouse to me. Seriously.

  • Ellen Lehrman Schwarz

    Norwegian is such a beautiful language.

  • http://www.abicana.com/shop2.htm Knut Holt

    I do not know how Billie Holoiday used to sound, but she sounds nicely, though.

  • zuikis

    Disgusting! Children should be singing children’s songs and singing like children. This 7 year old child has been taught by stupid adults to sing in a manner of a strip club slut.