Her performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow stunned America’s Got Talent judges and the crowd on Tuesday night, as she also performed pitch-perfect impressions of Ariana Grande, Céline Dion, and more. It was announced that an episode teaser will be released on the show’s official YouTube channel. There was a lot of applause and appreciation for Beddows at the end of her performance, but it didn’t start out that way. After hearing he’d be listening to an opera singer, Cowell muttered something like “Whoopee” under his breath in a mocking tone to Vergara.
But when Klum was handed a huge box with six distinct names on it, he and the rest of the panel’s curiosity looked to be sparked. Beddows approached the model and said, “Heidi, I’d like to play a game.” “This die has six of my most popular impressions. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” begins with me singing and I’m going to ask you for a name.” As soon as Klum shouted out the name of Ariana Grande, Beddows effortlessly changed to a pitch-perfect impersonation of the singer’s voice. Cowell couldn’t help but grin at his own doubts once she nailed Grande’s characteristic lilting voice.
Beddows then performed as her own grandmother, a performance that brought laughter from the audience, before moving to Nicks, Dion, and Snow White, which were all well received. At the conclusion of her performance, she performed a humorous spoken verse as Siri, earning a standing ovation from the crowd and all four judges of America’s Got Talent. In order to find out how Beddows performs and if she wins one of the prized golden buzzers, viewers will have to wait until Tuesday night.
Beddows began singing as a youngster and has been performing ever since. The Great American Songbook Vocal Academy and Competition, created by Michael Feinstein, named her one of 12 finalists in 2014, according to Broadway World. According to her alma institution, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, she just graduated with a degree in voice, which they proudly highlighted on their school’s website.
As her career soars, Beddows must also cope with her own struggles. For some time now, she’s been raising money on GoFundMe for her mother’s medical bills. The singer stated on the fundraising site that she had to take a leave of absence from her conservatory at one time since she had been the main caregiver for her mother since her father’s death. “I’ve been a primary caretaker and advocate for my mother since I was 11 years old,” she wrote in a Facebook post. In order to put my mother in a long-term care facility where I know she would be safe, I need to fund $25,000 to do so. With the aid of America’s Got Talent, this may be done. A $1 million cash award is included in the prize package for winners.
On NBC, new episodes of America’s Got Talent run at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesdays.