Single mom Cristina Rae auditioned for America’s Got Talent in the hopes of changing life for her and her son. After her performance of ‘In the Air Tonight’, Simon Cowell asked her to sing another song. And her version of ‘Gimme Shelter’ absolutely blew everyone away, including Simon!
Before her audition started, Cristina Rae shared that she has been performing all her life. But she is hoping performing on AGT will change her and her son Jeremiah's life.
"He's the reason I'm here," the Nashville native says. "I need this to change my life. As you can see, I'm a single mom, and I was living in my vehicle while pregnant."
Cristina Rae then goes on to share that she currently lives with family. But she has bigger dreams for her and Jeremiah.
"I want him to have his own room. I want us to live in our own home."
At the start of her audition, Cristina Rae sings ‘In the Air Tonight' by Phil Collins.
"I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord"
What an incredible and powerful voice she has, and the audience was clearly impressed! But Simon wanted to see more.
Simon Gives A Second Chance
The notoriously tough judge, Simon Cowell, asked Cristina Rae if she would sing another song for the room.
"I want you to imagine that you've just done the concert, and this is the encore moment," he says.
Cristina Rae then goes on to sing ‘Gimme Shelter' by The Rolling Stones. Everyone is amazed by her performance, and Simon's jaw even drops as she finishes up her second song. The whole auditorium gives her a standing ovation! What a phenomenal voice!
"There is absolutely no point making shows like this, unless we find people like you," Simon says to her.
"I think that you are absolutely out of this world. My heart is racing for you right now, it really is," says Heidi Klum. "Are you ready for this right now?" she says to Cristina Rae while she points to the golden buzzer. "Because I'm ready to push this button for you!"
As Heidi jumps up and down and pushes the golden buzzer, tears start to fall down Cristina Rae's face as the golden confetti falls to the ground. She is completely overwhelmed and falls to her knees as Heidi comes up on stage to give her a hug.
Then, her son runs on stage to join her. What an incredible moment! And we can't wait to see more of Cristina Rae in the live shows on AGT.
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