‘AGT: All Stars 2023’: Cristina Rae confident of qualifying despite Howie Mandel airing doubt

‘AGT: All Stars 2023’: Cristina Rae confident of qualifying despite Howie Mandel airing doubt
Mandel told Cristina Rae that she needed to do better because she was on ‘AGT: All Stars’ and not 'AGT' (NBC, Instagram/howiemandel)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Cristina Rae is a singer who appeared on Season 15 of America's Got Talent. She is a single mother and had been through hardships, including experiencing homelessness. She returned for ‘America’s Got Talent: All-Stars 2023’ in the hope of going all the way.

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After finishing third in Season 15, Cristina was eliminated in the preliminary after singing a rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘Hold My Hand.’ The song was met with some stunning responses form the audience and some of the judges. While both Simon Cowell and Heidi Klum thought Cristina deserved to qualify, Howie Mandel had claimed that she might have needed something extra to stay on the NBC show.

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Cristina is known for her incredible range and the ability to pull of challenging singing sequences. The ‘Hold My Hand’ performance led to a standing ovation from the studio audience while both Simon Cowell and Heidi Klum were left impressed.

Heidi, who had given Cristina the golden buzzer the last time around, claimed that she would not need one this time around to qualify. Simon claimed that Cristina deserved to be in the final: "You are sensational and you deserve to be in the final. I love you.”

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Of course, it was Howie who had a differing opinion. Mandel told multiple competitors that they needed to do better because they were on ‘AGT: All Stars’ and not 'AGT'. Howie claimed that while he was impressed, he didn’t think Cristina had done enough to qualify. The qualification depended upon fan votes, and Howie ended up proven right.



 

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Cristina did not end up qualifying, but only had gratitude for the overall show and judges. Before her appearance, Christina revealed that she and her young son were living in a car before AGT. However, when Heidi Klum pressed the golden buzzer during her initial audition, it changed her life. Now, returning to the stage, Christina aspires to become a widely recognized name in households across the globe.

'America's Got Talent: All-Stars' episode 4 released on Monday, January 23, at 8 pm ET on NBC.

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