A young contestant on a TV talent show in France has shocked the judges and audience by belting out a harsh and guttural metal song.
The woman, named Rachel, walked onto the stage on France Has Incredible Talent in an elegant black dress and appeared prepared to sing a typical talent show ballad.
Instead the 24-year-old educational assistant offered up something quite different.
With a background of low-tuned heavily distorted guitars and fast paced double bass drumming, the woman began screaming into the microphone.
While the judges may not have found the music all that appealing they were impressed by the singer's vocal ability.
"There's such a difference between your physique and your voice, I was amazed. It was strange but I liked it," a judge said.
When Rachel told another panellist that she could maintain the haunting singing style for around an hour and a half he replied, "well you have steel vocal chords, that's for sure".
The singer, who reportedly fronts French metal band Dividead, advanced to the next round of the popular program after receiving two yes votes and one no from the panel.
Source: France has Incredible Talent
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Henri Paget