By Chuck Barney | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: May 29, 2019 at 9:37 am | UPDATED: May 29, 2019 at 9:37 am First impressions count — especially in reality TV competitions. During Tuesday night’s season opener of “America’s Got Talent,” a nervous 15-year-old singer from Danville, succeeded in making her audition stand out. Sophie Pecorra showed up with an acoustic guitar and an original song about being a victim of bullying. She instantly won over the judges. Singing and rapping, Pecorra told a story of getting “torn down in the seventh grade” and being shy and sensitive and hiding from her tormentors in the bathroom. You can experience her performance in the video above and do your best not to shed a tear or two. The performance had rookie judge Gabrielle Union, who grew up in not far from Pecorra in Pleasanton, singing the young girl’s praises. “We ask for artists to come out here and bare their … [Read more...] about ‘America’s Got Talent’: Danville teen wows the judges
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24 seconds ago Kenan Thompson already had one of the biggest names in comedy on NBC thanks to his status as the longest-running cast member on Saturday Night Live, and he has now signed on to be part of another show. He’ll join Chrissy Teigen and more to bring a comedy competition series to the small screen. It will be called Bring the Funny, and here is what you need to know about it. Bring the Funny delivers Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson, Lip Sync Battle presenter and Twitter favorite Chrissy Teigen, and popular stand-up comedian Jeff Foxworthy as judges of comedy acts. Comedian Amanda Seales is on board as host. What kind of acts will they judge? Well, by the sound of it, just about every kind of act out there. The new NBC series will feature comedic acts including solo stand-up comics, sketch groups, musicians, magicians, puppeteers, YouTubers, and even podcasters. Anybody who has a special way of delivering laughs is a potential winner, and the person … [Read more...] about Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson Has A New Show With Chrissy Teigen And More
BURNS survivor Kechi Okwuchi shed tears of joy on America's Got Talent: The Champions after judge Simon Cowell hit the golden buzzer following her emotional performance. The talented singer, 28, suffered third degree burns all over her body after surviving a deadly plane crash, which claimed the lives of 107 of 109 passengers onboard, aged 16 and was given just a 30% survival rate. The Texas-based star initially made it to the 2017 talent show installment's finals but finished in the bottom five of the top ten contestants. Now back for a shot to win the spin-off show, Kechi was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation before she even began her touching performance of Callum Scott's You Are The Reason. And after her incredible performance, the inspirational star received even more adoration as she got another standing ovation from the audience, as well as Simon, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Speaking after the performance, Mel B gushed: "I could see how hard that you have … [Read more...] about America’s Got Talent burns survivor sheds tears of joy as judges hit the golden buzzer – while two million fans watch her incredible performance
ENTERTAINMENT 01/15/2019 01:33 pm ET The teen sensation from last season's "AGT" has quickly matured as a high-energy singer. By Ron Dicker Courtney Hadwin, the rock and soul singer who earned a Golden Buzzer at age 13 on last season’s “America’s Got Talent,” returned to the show’s stage Monday night on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” The energetic Hadwin, now 14, roared with confidence on an original song called “Pretty Little Thing.” It was pretty damn good. Judge Howie Mandel previously compared Hadwin to Janis Joplin but many of the panelists seemed to agree that the youngster had quickly matured into a style all her own. Check it out above. A YouTube clip of her performance received more than 750,000 views and she made the Top 3 ― but did not advance, Entertainment Tonight reported. “AGT’s” loss, we think. RELATED... Teen Singer Courtney Hadwin Shreds 'America's … [Read more...] about Courtney Hadwin Kills It Again On ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’
ENTERTAINMENT 12/19/2018 10:47 am ET The former contestant and violinist's jaw dropped. By Lauren Moraski Lindsey Stirling appeared on Season 5 of “America’s Got Talent” ― a whopping eight years ago. Since competing on the show, she’s gone on to tour the world and amassed more than two billion views on YouTube. Last year, she snagged the best-selling new Christmas album with “Warmer in the Winter.” But recently, the producers of “America’s Got Talent” gave her a ring, she said. They wanted Stirling to return to the “AGT’ stage to compete in “The Champions,” a spinoff of the variety competition, which finds previous contenders from seasons 1 - 13 facing off against one another. “It was really funny because they called me, and I thought maybe they wanted me to be a guest performer or something and I literally, my jaw kind of dropped,” she told HuffPost at Build Series. … [Read more...] about ‘America’s Got Talent’ Asked Lindsey Stirling To Compete Again. Here’s What She Said.