Celine to learn how far she'll go

Local | Sophie Hui 14 Sep 2017

Hong Kong's Celine Tam Tsz-kwan will know this morning if she's through to the finals of America's Got Talent.

The voting results will be known at 8am today, and Celine - the nine-year- old with a big voice - will learn if she's among the 10 finalists vying for the US$1 million (HK$7.8 million) top prize in the popular talent contest.

Celine sang Auli'i Cravalho's Academy-Award-nominated song, How Far I'll Go, from the Disney movie Moana, in the semifinals on Tuesday night.

But for the second time, judge Mel B, formerly of the Spice Girls, wasn't impressed, saying Celine has "conquered the stage like an already prepared, well auditioned performer."

"For me, the song was way too musical theater," she said.

"And I don't think it showcased your voice, like the range that you just presented was very locked in. I know you can go lower and higher and take us on a magical journey. You didn't give us that. I am sorry to say that."

However, not all judges agreed.

Simon Cowell said: "This was a massive, massive step up from what you've done before. The song was perfect for you, and the way you controlled the song was fantastic. The key change was great."

Another judge, Heidi Klum, stood up and clapped after Celine's performance, describing her as "a shining bright star" who sang "crystal clear in pitch perfect."

Celine posted a video on social media yesterday, saying: "It actually is very hard to go through all these stages, so it's been a dream come true for me to go to the semi-finals, and most importantly, I really want to go to the finals, so make sure to ask some friends and families to vote for me. Thank you. Please, please, please."

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