Nine-year-old Hong Kong girl Celine Tam Tsz-kwan’s performance on the quarter-finals episode of America’s Got Talent on Tuesday night was questioned by one of the judges.
The young girl sang “When You Believe” from Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey but Mel B, a judge on the televised talent show, was not wowed by the performance, Apple Daily reported.
“The song was too big for you…. I think you’re amazing, but I think you should have chosen a different song and really contained your voice just a little bit better,” said British singer-songwriter Melanie Brown, better known as Mel B.
Celine appeared a little tearful when she heard the comments, Ming Pao Daily reported. However, most of the audience and the other judges seemed to disagree with Mel B, as they gave her a standing ovation.
Some netizens agreed with Mel B’s comment, tweeting that the song choice was not good, but many others were amazed by the young girl’s talent.
The American public were allowed to vote on which performer they wanted to go through to the next stage and the results were to be announced on Wednesday night US time.
Celine received a Golden Buzzer from guest judge Laverne Cox last month after the girl sang Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Supposed to Live without You”, and her first audition with a performance of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” in June received more than 30 million views on YouTube.