'America's Got Talent' Season 15: Fans cheer as Cristina Rae stuns with 'flawless' rendition of 'Hallelujah'
The singer already received a Golden Buzzer from her audition and she made sure to prove she deserved it with her second performance
Cristina Rae, Heidi Klum's Golden Buzzer act, returned to the quarterfinals of 'America's Got Talent' with a rendition of Leonard Cohen's classic 'Hallelujah'. Backed by a gorgeous stage of rising blue flames, the singer delivered a stunning performance showcasing her wide range of abilities, including flawless runs, impressive belts and operatic high notes.
The singer already won over audiences with her performance of 'Gimme Shelter' by The Rolling Stones, which cleared her path straight through to the live rounds. And her performance tonight is sure to keep her in the running to win the show this season. As Rae stunned judges with her vocal gifts, the audience at home took to Twitter to share just how moved they were by her performance.
"Christina gave me chills," tweeted one viewer while another shared, "Cristina Rae hit that out of the park. Flawless! Love that. Tears." Despite AGT frequently being chastised for its sound quality issues, rarely have people been particularly averse to the visuals it delivers, but fans were so enamored with Rae they wanted none of the effects. "Cristina Rae is phenomenal. I wish the producers would stop trying so hard with their ridiculous stage effects," shared one user, adding, "I just want to see and hear her,"
@AGT Christina gave me chills.— Rene'e Antoinette Braxton 🎼ElvisBonJoviGirly57🌻 (@ElvisBonJoviGir) August 26, 2020
@AGT Cristina Rae hit that out of the park. Flawless! Love that. Tears— Joanna (@JoannaF31894705) August 26, 2020
#AGT Cristina Rae is phenomenal.— Catherine King (@Cking613) August 26, 2020
I wish the producers would stop trying so hard with their ridiculous stage effects. I just want to see and hear her.
Cohen's song has been covered several times over and perhaps that's why it is a difficult track to take on without being lost in the sea of alternate renditions. But as Sofia Vergara pointed out, Rae somehow still managed to take the song and make it her own. "Love Cristina's take on a Leonard Cohen classic. It's so beautiful. He would be pleased," shared one viewer. Others commended Rae for her stunning vocals, stating, "I did not hear one single flaw in that song. I don't know if I have ever said that for one of these shows before. That was damn near perfect. Bravo Christina Ray."
Love Cristina's take on a Leonard Cohen classic. It's so beautiful. He would be pleased. #AGT— David Lartey (@DLartey94) August 26, 2020
I did not hear one single flaw in that song. I don't know if I have ever said that for one of these shows before. That was damn near perfect.— Nick Meals (@nickmeals) August 26, 2020
Bravo Christina Ray.#AGT
Overall, it appears Rae has won over her audience and will most likely sail through to the next round. "Cristina was the best way to end tonight's show," shared one viewer while another stated, "@CristinaRaeSing is your winner this season on @AGT. You heard it here first. Absolutely amazing voice." Rae auditioned for the show hoping to both build a career for herself as well as make a home for her son. With a performance like the one she delivered on the third quarter-finals episode, she's sure to be able to make those dreams come true.
Cristina was the best way to end tonight's show. #AGT— Allie Bish (@AllieIsBatman18) August 26, 2020