Last year, country crooner Tate Stevens won The X Factor.  And, this year, it looks like we have another strong country contender in the hunt for the title and $5 million dollar grand prize.  Last week, Brandie Love of North Carolina stepped in front of the judges and blew them away with her rendition of "Up To The Mountain."  This girl is sensational.  I've heard a lot of versions of this song, but hers is my absolute favorite.  Your heart will break when you hear her pour her heartbreak and soul into this performance.  Check this out!

Brandie seems to have made the same impression on Simon Cowell that Carrie Underwood did back in Season 4 of American Idol.   Simon predicted incredible things for Carrie and, well, you know what's happened since.  She has achieved truly incredible things.  From early impressions, Simon seems to think there are some big things ahead for Brandie as well.  And we can't wait to see how his predictions play out as Season 3 of The X Factor.

The X Factor airs 7pm CST Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.