Singer and Smithfield teen Bria Kelly on Tuesday tried to woo viewers of "America's Got Talent" with a country-tinged version of Pink's "Perfect."
Wearing form-fitting, sparkling dress, she belted out the hit song with confidence and precision.
Was America seduced? Only the vote tally will say. As for the judges, they were split.
Sharon Osbourne gave Kelly credit for having "great pipes, as we say in the business" and said that her song choice was a smart one. However, she found the performance lacking in one respect. "That song needs so much emotion ... I wish I had seen more of that."
Fellow judge Howie Mandel said, essentially, that Kelly was a solid talent surrounded by super talent. "You had to blow the roof off the place ... I don't think you did something that really stood out."
Howard Stern, disagreed, though. "Your voice was dead on," Stern said. "Could you benefit from more stage moves or more stage presence? Yes. But technically, your voice was better," than anyone else on the show to that point, he said.
Tuesday's show was the first of two semi-final rounds of the NBC talent competition. Of the 12 performers who shared their talents on Tuesday, only three will move ahead into the finals.
Finalists will be chosen by audience votes. The trio selected will be announced on Wednesday night's results show.
In the build-up to Kelly's performance, the show offered up a prerecorded video that suggested that the 16-year-old singer was battling nerves. After she sang, host Nick Cannon asked her how she stayed calm.
"I realized I had nothing left to lose," Kelly said, and repeated that singing has always been her passion. "It's what I love to do."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times