Simon Cowell has received backlash in the past for interrupting America's Got Talent auditions. But when it came to stopping country singer Kameron Ross, folks at home seem to agree that the head judge made a good decision.
In leaked footage from Tuesday night's show, obtained by TalentRecap.com, Kameron is seen showing off his vocal talent in front of judges Simon, Howie Mandel, and Sofía Vergara (Heidi Klum was presumably out sick when the audition was filmed). For his audition, Kameron chose to perform "Red Dirt Road" by Brooks and Dunn, revealing that it was a song he grew up listening to with his grandma.
Although Kameron was doing a great job, out of nowhere, Simon held up his hand and signaled for the AGT crew to cut the music.
"I'd like you to do something for us," Simon began. "I want you to sing a cappella, and I want you to prove the point you've been wanting to prove. I want you to stand out." Kameron obliged and after a few pauses began to sing Chris Young's "What If I Stay" with no backing track.
While we have to wait to see Simon's full reaction, we have a feeling he's going to be blown away — after all, fans who watched the clip certainly were.
"When Simon stops someone, it is for a VERY good reason. It means he hears something in the voice, but knows the singer needs to be pushed. Simon is never wrong when he asks for a second or even a third song. The second song was so much better," one fan wrote on Youtube. "He sounded good with the music but the moment he went acapella [sic] I wanted to start crying lmao beautiful voice and he’s so handsome! Best of luck to Kameron!" another said. A different fan commented, "I think Simon did a good job his voice sounded much better at the second song."
Besides showcasing Kameron's performance, the video also took a brief look at his backstory. Though the East Texas native grew up singing and loving country music, he struggled with losing gigs and seeing "less interest in his music" when he came out as gay.
"At that point, you start to question," Kameron explained in the video. "Is this what I want to do? Is your dream worth who you are? So, I took a break from music to figure that out. Now, I am where I want to be, and I'm absolutely ready to work back towards music."
Looks like he's well on his way.
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