Heidi Klum‘s Golden Buzzer, 15-year-old singing sensation Makayla Phillips, returned to the “America’s Got Talent” stage this week during the Quarterfinals 2 episode. Makayala took on Julia Michaels‘ “Issues” and impressed all four “AGT” judges — Heidi, Simon Cowell, Mel B and Howie Mandel — with her powerhouse voice. Howie and Simon even noted that this performance was better than her audition when she took on Demi Lovato‘s “Warrior.” Do you think Makayala will advance to the Semifinals? Watch the “Americas Got Talent” performance video above and read the judges’ comments below.
Heidi: “I’m so proud of you! I am. I mean, you are only 15 years old and you sing so beautifully. You really, really do. You showed everyone here what you can do and that you belong on this stage. And I feel like you sing this song better than the original. Oh yes. That’s the best compliment I can give you. I mean, really it looks like you are at home on this stage and this is really where you belong. So good luck. Please vote.”
Howie: “It’s like Heidi says, you did everything we ask of people that come on this show. From the first time you auditioned to now I think this is much better than your original audition. I think you really stepped it up and rose to the occasion, number one. And number two, you’re so deserving but only seven people can go through, so I hope that people vote for you. You’re wonderful, but this is a very strong year. Probably the strongest year I’ve seen with singers. So I wish you the best of luck.”
Mel: “Well, I have to say that is one of my favorite songs, so you already got me at hello. And the way that you interpreted it was just on point. If I could just give one little bit of criticism. I wanted you to go into your own on that middle lane, not go so high in that falsetto, just own it and do a breakdown. But you killed it tonight, sister. You really, really did.”
Simon: “Makayla, this was way better than your first audition. I could feel your nerves. But you sang that song really well, congratulations.”
During his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty declared, “Tonight’s first performer was Makayla Phillips, the singer that earned Heidi’s golden buzzer. She delivered a mature rendition of ‘Issues’ by Julia Michaels that showed she can fit well into the current pop music market. Heidi was especially pleased with Makayla’s performance, even going as far as to say that she sang it better than the original. Howie warned her that though she’s great and deserving that this is one of the strongest years for singers so he hopes that people vote her into one of the seven spots.”
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