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."
Tuesday's show was the first of two semi-final rounds of the
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.