Christina Wells returned to “America’s Got Talent” during Tuesday’s Semifinals 2 episode and blew the roof off of the Dolby Theatre with her tribute to the late Aretha Franklin. Christina took on the classic song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and earned the judges’ respect for the bold move. However, she seemed nervous on stage and Simon Cowell even told her that she “hit some bum notes.” Will Christina advance to the next round? Watch the “Americas Got Talent” video above, read the judges’ comments below, and then make your predictions before Wednesday’s results show.
Howie Mandel: “You are an amazing woman. You are perfect because I think that you are you and that is perfection when you’re yourself and that goes for anybody here. That being said, there was a couple of notes there that I felt like you were pushing and I know what this pressure means to you and everybody else and this is the last of the Semifinals. You pushed a little hard and you hit a couple of weird notes. But I love you, I love who you are, and I love the message that you spread.”
Mel B: “Oh, I love you, I love you, I love you! I get so like overwhelmed and overjoyed when I hear the first note that you sing, ’cause I know you’re gonna take us somewhere. And you did, and you did it so gracefully and classy. Yeah, there was a little bit of a rough edge around it. But this is your voice and I’m sure you’ve been practicing and rehearsing like crazy. Just look after that voice because it is spectacular. Well done.”
Heidi Klum: “I think you are the only person in this competition who has the moxie and the talent to sing that song on this very stage and I love you so very much.”
Simon Cowell: “Well, Christina, I mean last week we saw the mouse turn into a tiger when you got through, like the diva’s arrived. I had a feeling you might be singing an Aretha song tonight. Look, I love you, we’ve always loved you from day one. For me the song was over-orchestrated — maybe nerves, you hit some bum notes. But I am hoping that we forget all that and remember the great singer who you are, the person who you are, and that you get through next week. Because I think the Final will be amazing with you in it. But this was not your best performance.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the performance: “Up first in this week’s semi-finals is Christina Wells, the big-voiced diva who has overcome body insecurities and embraced her talent. She’s singing ‘Natural Woman’ by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It’s a high bar she set for herself and she’s doing alright. There were definitely a few missed notes and I don’t always appreciate how she goes full-throttle through every song. Sometimes less is more at the beginning and allows you to build to the crescendo.”
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