Carmen Carter took the stage during the Quarterfinals 1 episode of “America’s Got Talent” with a rockin’ rendition of Imagine Dragons‘ “Believer.” While three of the “AGT” judges raved about the newly blonde background singer‘s performance, Howie Mandel got booed by the live Dolby Theatre audience when he dared to critique her song. “I don’t know if that was the best choice,” Howie said through gritted teeth. Do you think America will vote Carmen through to the next round? Watch the performance video above, read the judges’ comments below and make your predictions before Wednesday’s results show.
Simon Cowell: “I’m gonna be honest with you. When the song first started I’m thinking, ‘Yeah, I’m not sure this is the right choice.’ But then halfway through the whole song kicked into a different gear and then you saved the money note till the end. You made yourself cool, relevant. And I preferred your package this time, which is rather than complaining about not getting the breaks you just did it your own way to say, ‘Look, I really do deserve a shot because I’m really talented, give me another shot.’ I hope this show changes your life for the better because you deserve it.”
Gabrielle Union: “You sang about make me a believer. You made us all believers, Carmen Carter. From the first time I heard you sing I will never forget Carmen Carter and I don’t think anyone out there will ever forget you. You are unforgettable, mama.”
Julianne Hough: “I’m a believer! Honestly, I [loved] everything that you did. You took a song that was so popular and made it completely your own. That was a big risk because it is so popular. But you completely nailed it and you put your Carmen twist on it.”
Howie Mandel: “You know, the only I question I have is only seven people can go through. People gotta vote. I don’t know if that was the best choice. I think you’re one of the best singers. You’ve got the strongest pipes. You deserve to go on. I’m not [sure].”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “Carmen Carter got her chance to sing for votes with a rendition of ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons. It was a thoroughly theatrical performance that afforded her the chance to not only hit her signature big screaming notes, but also show some personality in the more quickly paced verses. Simon said he was hesitant about the song choice at the beginning, but was on board with it by the end. Gabrielle and Julianne were enthusiastically supportive, but Howie questioned whether her song choice was the best decision for this stage of the competition.”
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