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Season 17 of America’s Got Talent still in the middle of auditions, but Kristen Cruz‘s performance has sparked a rift between fans and the celebrity panelists.
According to the people, the AGT judges didn’t take it right from the 19-year-old aspiring singer who blew everyone away with her powerful vocals. On Tuesday night’s episode, the NBC singing competition show welcomed Kristen onstage. Kristen, who hails from Crowley, Texas, revealed that she wants to pursue her dream of singing and inspire others. With encouragement from judges Simon Cowell† Howie Mandel† Heidi Klum and Sofia VergaraKristen released a stunning version of Everybody Loves An Outlaw’s “I See Red”.
Unsurprisingly, she received a standing ovation and tons of praise. “That was unbelievable… The moment you started singing, you became so powerful, so confident. It was unexpected and it was sexy,” Sofia said. “You open your mouth and you’re on fire,” Howie added. “I love everything about you. You are already a star in the making. You just have a real gift. You just have it!” remarked Heidi.
But perhaps the most notable words come from Simon. Although the British mogul was previously known for not sparing participants from harsh criticism, he has recently toned down his stance. That said, this didn’t take away from his expert opinion — and he didn’t hold back when it came to Kristen.
“I was surprised because we have a lot of overconfident singers who come here and they are terrible,” said Simon. “Then you come out and your voice is what I’d call seasoned, you know? You are not like someone who is just starting out. Your reach, your tone. You have great taste, by the way, because it was a great song choice.”
Understandably, after hearing this incredibly positive response, many people were flabbergasted when Kristen received four yeses instead of a golden buzzer. As viewers know, the AGT judges and host Terry Crews each get one press of the golden buzzer to automatically send an outstanding contestant to the live shows. This method guarantees an express way to try and win the $1 million prize instead of potentially getting knocked out in the second round.
“Does anyone else think she should have gotten the golden buzzer? That was so great. Her outgoing attitude and personality makes it that much more amazing. 🎉,” wrote one person in the YouTube comments section. “I have never been more disappointed with AGT for not giving her the Golden Buzzer. The advantage is that we will see her sooner rather than later,” said another.
On the other hand, a lot AGT fans were just as excited to see her progress to the next round. “She is ready, absolutely FANTASTIC!! can’t wait to see her next performance!!!” noted one follower. “I got goosebumps listening to her from start to finish. The hoarseness is so relieved 🔥 This young girl is no joke. said another fan.
If you’re also looking forward to seeing Kristen back on stage, the singer actually has a TikTok page with a huge following. As she said to the AGT judges, she sings while making various drinks, including coffee and protein shakes. But according to Simon, people keep coming back to her page because of her talent. “You don’t need smoothies when you sing, trust me,” he said.
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