Tween singer Ansley Burns belted out a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Think” in this clip from Tuesday’s (June 18) America’s Got Talent.
Unfortunately, judge Simon Cowell HATED the backing track. “I don’t think this backing track was working for you,” Simon told the singer. “It was a horrible horrible backing track.” Simon confessed that he didn’t think the panel could judge her properly. “That was terrible,” he said.
OUCH. He suggested she sing it again, a’cappella. Obviously, terrified at this point, Simon offers her his water. That token of kindness (after telling her she sucked!) seemed to bolster Ansley’s confidence. With the audience cheering her on, she busted out a version of the song, sans track. After it’s over, and Simon gives her a thumbs up, she cries in relief.
Ansley, from the small South Carolina town of Easley, found fame after a performance of American Idol season 4 winner Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty,” which caught the attention of Carrie herself.
Back in August, her mother recorded her singing Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty.”
People were amazed by her pitch-perfect performance and her powerful voice at such a young age. The video even drew the attention of Underwood herself. The country star took to her own social media account to praise Ansley’s performance. She shared the video and expressed amazement at the talented preteen.
“Ansley, this is amazing!” Underwood wrote. “Everybody keep your eyes out for this girl!”
Check out Ansley Burns performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Think” from Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent below.