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Before Lorde became everyone's Heroine, before she ruled the world with "Royals" and her amazing dance moves, it looks like Ella Yelich-O’Connor was a bit of a Kings of Leon fan!

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At 12 years old she covered the band's 2008 smash hit "Use Somebody" at a local New Zealand radio station, and based on her performance ... it's easy to see why she blew up at 16! 

Check it out below! 

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