Fans of Jeffrey Li are hoping that the talented teen gets picked as a wildcard on “America’s Got Talent.” In one of the biggest surprises ever on “AGT,” this 13-year-old singer did not make it past Judge Cuts on July 31 despite doing well with his version of Whitney Houston‘s hit “One Moment in Time.” This Toronto native had first impressed on the June 19 audition episode with his performance of the Josh Groban power ballad “You Raise Me Up” and was thought to be one of the frontrunners to win season 13.
After he sang again on Tuesday, head judge Simon Cowell — who had been Jeffrey’s biggest champion at his audition — told him, “On paper this should not have worked, you at 13 and singing one of the biggest songs of all time. But you did really well, Jeffrey. I’ll hand it to you.” And guest judge Martina McBride echoed that sentiment. “You seem kind of nervous which is understandable. But I love your voice. I mean, I can’t sing like that and I’ve had a 25-year career, so I think it’s incredible.”
Our “AGT” live blogger John Benutty observed that Jeffrey, “after shocking the judges with such a bold song choice completely blew their socks off. The depth and clarity in his voice was incredibly powerful, earning a standing ovation from the crowd and a ton of respect from the judges.”
But despite all of that praise, Jeffrey did not end up numbering among the seven acts put through to the live shows by the judges. They opted for the sibling band We Three and one-time “Glee” star Noah Guthrie over Li and another kid singer, Angel Garcia. His only hope now is that the “AGT” producers single him out for one of three wildcard slots.
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