04/10/2012 09:18 am ET

Rachel Crow, White House: 'X Factor' Contestant Belts Out National Anthem

She's back! Rachel Crow, the cherubic 13-year-old "X Factor" contestant who charmed the socks off Simon Cowell but left everyone devastated with her crushing, drop-to-the-floor elimination, sang the national anthem Monday at the White House to kick off the annual Easter Egg Roll. In classic Crow spirit, she hugged President Obama before belting out a seriously powerful rendition in front of the first family.

It's been a roller coaster of a year for Crow, now 14, who was eliminated from Cowell's U.K. import singing competition in December 2011. In February, Crow inked a deal to develop a musical comedy series for Nickelodeon and signed a contract with Columbia Records. Crow has also guest-starred on several episodes of Nickelodeon's "Fred."