TikTok Sensation Kristen Cruz Stuns Judges With ‘I See Red’ on ‘America’s Got Talent’
However America’s Got Talent judge Sofia Vergara gave her golden buzzer to Lebanese dance troupe Mayyas during the June 21 auditions episode, it was singer Kristen Cruz who left the judge stunned and received a standing ovation after her performance of the 2018 song from I See an Outlaw “I See Red.”
Some viewers may have recognized Cruz from ICT Tac, where she has 2.2 million subscribers, and fans follow videos of her singing while often making smoothies and coffee. Cruz’s TikTok video of her singing Miley Cyrus’ “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” has garnered 6.3 million likes, alone, and the singer currently has over 3.1 billion total views on her channel. .
On her instagram page, Cruz has over 250,000 subscribers, including a collection of celebrities like David Arquette, Grey’s Anatomy starring Ellen Pompeo, and West Side Story actor Arian DeBose.
In 2020, Cruz also released her first two singles “Essence of the Moment” and “Ride”, and followed “Dancing in the Sky” in early 2022 and has her music available on Spotify and Apple streaming platforms.
Presenting herself as a “drink-making singer,” to the judges, Cruz also shared her aspirations to “inspire people, to make them feel like you don’t have to be anything but yourself.” Cruz added, “I don’t need to be the industry standard” before receiving a standing ovation from the four judges, Vergara, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel after her performance.
Calling Cruz’s performance “incredible”, Cowell said, “Was it really you singing? I was also surprised because we have a lot of overconfident singers coming here and they’re awful. Your voice is what I would call “seasoned”. You are not like someone who has just started. Your range, your tone. By the way, you have great taste because it was a very good choice of song.
Mandel added, “You open your mouth and you’re on fire,” while Klum said, “I love everything about you. You’re already a star in the making. You just have a real gift, you just have it .
Vergara also became an instant Cruz fan. “The moment you started singing, you became so powerful, so confident,” Vergara said. “It was unexpected, and it was sexy.”
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