June 16, 2010 04:03:37 GMT
Alice Tan Ridley said her daughter has gotten a big break in her career by earning a role in 'Precious' but she has always dreamed of being a singer on the big stage.
In the last stop to find America's best talents, the judges of "America's Got Talent" were lucky to spot a woman with a big voice. Alice Tan Ridley may have earned some limelight by being Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe's mother but she earned public's respect when she showed what her pipe can do.
Host Nick Cannon asked, "Don't I know you from somewhere?" and she said with a smile, "Yes". In the backstage interview, Ridley explained her decision to join the competition. "My daughter is a big star but I'm still pursuing my dream which is to become a great singer. I've been singing since I was young. Now I am singing underground, in the subway stations. ...I love to see the smiles on peoples' faces. This is what I've been pursuing all my life. Maybe this is it, from the subway to the big stage."
Ridley advanced to the next round, thanks to her rendition of Etta James' "At Last". Sharon Osbourne did not only stand up but also bowed down to her. She later asked, "Millions of people must've gone back and forth on that subway over the 20 years. How come nobody signed you?" The 58-year-old did not answer it but said "thank you".
"You deserve to be heard by much more than everybody on the trains. You are wonderful," Howie Mandel commented. Head judge Piers Morgan praised, "In terms of raw talent, best audition of the day." Ridley exited the stage with three yeses.