If “American Idol” finalist Mara Justine looks familiar, it’s because she previously auditioned for rival reality TV show “America’s Got Talent.” Back in the ninth season of “AGT” in 2014, Mara was only 11 years old but she still wowed judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Mel B and Heidi Klum with her booming voice. During that show’s live quarterfinals she took on “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry, an artist who coincidentally now judges Mara every week on “American Idol.” Watch Mara’s “AGT” performance above.
This Galloway, NJ resident grew up with four siblings and a hard-working mother. “My family is just amazing people and I couldn’t have asked for any bigger supporters,” Mara declared in her “AGT” video package. “I love my mom so much because she believes in me. To have a mom that believes in you and believes in your dreams is just amazing. She sacrificed a lot of things for me, so I really thank her for that.”
After her powerful performance of “Unconditionally” at Radio City Music Hall, Mara ended up not being one of the four artists who advanced to the next round based on America’s overnight vote. Tasked with sending either Mara or operatic duo Acte II to the semifinals, the “America’s Got Talent” judges decided to use their save on Mara.
In the live semifinals Mara belted out “Breakaway” by “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson and wound up earning America’s instant Snapple save. That sent her through to the Top 12, where she was eliminated following her final performance of “Perfect” by Pink. Close-up magician Mat Franco was the ultimate winner of “AGT” Season 9.
Mara is currently one of the Top 14 finalists on “American Idol” Season 16. The other aspiring singers are: Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe, Michelle Sussett, Ada Vox, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Dennis Lorenzo, Garrett Jacobs, Jonny Brenns, Marcio Donaldson and Michael J. Woodard. Get a closer look at this season’s “Idol” finalists.
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