Josh Daniel, an X Factor contestant, makes Simon Cowell cry.

Simon Cowell is better known for his scathing critiques than for displaying his emotions while watching X Factor contestants. But when it came to Josh Daniel, a 21-year-old car mechanic, Cowell was at a loss for words. In fact, the young man’s performance moved him to tears.

Josh performs Labrinth’s “Jealous” and claims to interpret the lyrics differently than most. He wrote the song in memory of his best friend, who died two years ago.

“I’m jealous that you’re happy without me,” Daniel explained. “And I see it in the sense that I’m jealous that he’s now happy in heaven, that he’s gone to a better place, and that I can’t still be with him.”

Watch the performance that brought the audience to their feet and left the judges in tears.

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