At just 9 years of age, Celine Tam has already made a name for herself with an excellent audition on America’s Got Talent.
When the adorable vocalist took the stage, introduced herself and declared “This is my dream, being on America’s Got Talent,” both the audience and the judges couldn’t help but “aww.”
Celine’s parents are huge fans of Canadian singer and pop legend Celine Dion, going as far to name their two daughters Celine and Dion in tribute.
Celine apparently first realized she could sing while going for a drive with her dad In her own words, “When I was in the car, my dad’s driving, and then suddenly I just sang “My Heart will Go On,” and he was like “Wow.”
Within Celine’s opening remarks and singing performance, you can actually hear the slightest hint of her native Hong Kong accent. Before America’s Got Talent, she won numerous competitions in Asia and even became something of a YouTube celebrity by age 7.
Typically skeptical, sulky, and sarcastic judge Simon Cowell didn’t seem at all surprised or excited when hearing that Celine would in fact be singing the Celine Dion classic “My Heart Will Go On!” He moved through the introductory questions with a particularly perfunctory lack of grace upon learning of Celine’s “Celine Dion connection.”
However, he, the rest of the judges, and the audience entire audience would be shocked and delighted after hearing her stunning performance. When Celine’s mellifluous voice nailed the high notes at the chorus, Simon even broke into one of his rare smiles (remember, he usually HATES children).
The entire audience even rose up to give Celine a standing ovation.
Backstage, the super cute little Dion and the rest of Celine’s family anxiously listened in. Celine’s mother eventually burst into tears with emotion at her daughter’s wonderful success onstage.
With her powerful rendition, Celine proved that she is truly deserving of her namesake, and we’re excited to see all the places this little starlet will be headed!
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