Olivia Olson from 'Love Actually' reemerges on 'X Factor Celebrity' 16 years later: How'd she do?

"Love Actually" is perhaps the most beloved holiday movie released in the 21st century and, while it's full of iconic scenes, there's one that gives us the feels more than all others.

You know the scene: It's the Christmas pageant that Sam has been preparing for the entire movie, learning the drums so that he can play in the show to impress his schoolboy crush Joanna, who brings down the house with her cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

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While the memorable movie moment demonstrates the undeniable star power of Olivia Olson (who plays Joanna) at the young age of 10, her career never took off in the way that some may have suspected it would.

While she's popped up occasionally for the film's anniversaries, Olson has mostly stayed out of the public eye since "Love Actually" came out in 2003, but that's about to change. This year "The X Factor UK" is airing a celebrity edition of the singing competition, and Olson is one of the recognizable faces competing in the series (others include former "Glee" star Kevin McHale, Ricki Lake and Hayley Hasselhoff).

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 6: (ITALY OUT) Olivia Olson attends the world premiere of "Love Actually," held at the Ziegfeld Theater November 6, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
Olivia Olson during Love Actually New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Olivia Olson during Love Actually New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
PHINEAS AND FERB - Creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire ("Dr. Doofenshmirtz") and Swampy Marsh ("Major Monogram") join cast members Vincent Martella ("Phineas"), Ashley Tisdale ("Candace"), Dee Bradley Baker ("Perry") and Olivia Olson ("Vanessa") at Disney Channel's "Phineas and Ferb" panel at San Diego's Comic-Con International (July 22). (Photo by Rick Rowell/Disney Channel via Getty Images)OLIVIA OLSON
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 14: Actress Olivia Olson arrives at PaleyFest Family Celebrates Television Series From Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time" at The Paley Center for Media on August 14, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 14: Actress Olivia Olson of the television show "Adventure Time" attends during The Paley Center For Media's "PaleyFest Family 2011" on August 14, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 10: Actress Olivia Olson (L) and attends Playboy and actor Jeremy Shada Gramercy Pictures' Self/less party during Comic-Con weekend at Parq Restaurant & Nightclub on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Playboy)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Actress Olivia Olson and Actor Jeremy Shada attend the Adventure Time Cartoon Network Press Hour at New York Comic Con 2015 at the Jacob Javitz Center on October 9, 2015 in New York, United States. 25749_002 542.JPG (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images For Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Actress Olivia Olson attends the Adventure Time Cartoon Network Press Hour at New York Comic Con 2015 at the Jacob Javitz Center on October 9, 2015 in New York, United States. 25749_002 531.JPG (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images For Turner)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Marceline Abadeer AKA Marceline, the Vampire Queen or Olivia Olson attends the 9th Annual New Media Film Festival at James Bridges Theater on June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Marceline Abadeer AKA Marceline, the Vampire Queen or Olivia Olson attends the 9th Annual New Media Film Festival at James Bridges Theater on June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Olivia Olson attends the 'Adventure Time' Press Line during Comic-Con International 2018 at Hilton Bayfront on July 20, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Olivia Olson attends the "Love Actually Live" opening night reception at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on December 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Olivia Olson attends "The X Factor: Celebrity" launch photocall at The Mayfair Hotel on October 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Olivia Olson attending the launch of The Factor: Celebrity, held at the Mayfair Hotel, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Now 27, the singer proved that she's ready to step back in the spotlight beyond uploading cover songs to YouTube. Her "X Factor Celebrity" audition aired over the weekend, and she opened up about her evolving mentality around "Love Actually" and pursuing a career in show business.

"Being so young I don't know if I fully felt the magnitude of what a huge movie I was a part of," she said of her 'Love Actually' fame before her performance. "I get the texts every Christmas: 'Guess what I'm watching!'"

"After I finished shooting the movie I came back home and tried to do the acting thing but my heart wasn't in it, so I quit. I've just been very far away from anyone watching me sing or doing my acting for quite some time," she added. "I'm ready for everyone to see Olivia Olson and hear me sing. I want to be an artist."

Olson then sang two songs, "Location" by Khalid and "Come Together" by the Beatles and, while she had a shaky start, it's clear that Olson hasn't lost the voice that thrust her into the spotlight over 15 years ago.

Judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh agreed, as Olivia Olson advanced to the next round of the competition.

Watch Olivia Olson's "X Factor Celebrity" audition below:

 

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