Christina Wells first appeared on “America’s Got Talent” on the June 5 audition episode. Even before she sang, this softly spoken 40-year-old had won over the panel with her touching story. She had tried to make it as a singer but her confidence was shaken by repeated rejections. She decided to become a nurse but soon realized that her love of music was too strong to resist. This single mother hopes to be an inspiration to her sons and is proud of the fact that she has overcome her insecurities and is pursuing her dream.
Wells went on to get yes votes from all four judges for her scorching rendition of the showstopper “I Know Where I’ve Been” performed by Queen Latifah in the movie “Hairspray.” She returns on the first judge cuts episode on July 17 to try and win a place in the quarter-finals. She is one of 20 acts fighting for just seven slots. Joining Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel on the panel is guest judge Ken Jeong.
After Wells announces that she plans to sing the power anthem “Never Enough” from the hit movie “The Greatest Showman,” Simon makes the wry observation that “it is one of the best songs I’ve heard in years, so no pressure.”
Watch the video above to see what happens when Wells rises to the challenge. Cowell and the rest of the judges join the audience in giving her a standing ovation. No spoilers but it would be a shock if she is not one of the seven acts to make it through to the live shows.