Ansley Burns’ “America’s Got Talent” journey nearly came to an end when she didn’t make the judges’ cut, but then received a second chance when Simon Cowell selected her as his Wild Card pick.
Returning to the “AGT” stage on Tuesday, the talented 13-year-old singer made the most of the opportunity with a soaring cover of LeAnn Rimes’ “Swingin'” that definitely captured the judges’ attention.
Backed by a live band, Burns injected some Nashville-style honky tonk into the number, earning a standing ovation from the judges (although Cowell did complain about her song choice).
“AGT” viewers will remember Burns’ earlier audition, when Cowell stopped her midway through her performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Think” because he didn’t like the backing track, and requested she sing the song a cappella.
In a subsequent performance, Cowell halted Burns once again to make her sing Dustin Lynch’s “Good Girl” sans backing track. Watch: