Performing live in Hollywood, Mia Boostrom, the 16-year-old singer and musician who studies in Raynham, won glowing praise from two of three judges Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” Viewers will find out at 9 tonight whether Boostrom will move on to the next round.
Performing live in Hollywood, Mia Boostrom, the 16-year-old singer and musician who studies in Raynham, won glowing praise from two of three judges Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” (Click this link to view YouTube video.)
Boostrom, from North Dighton, sang “Hallejulah,” a song familiar to many from the “Shrek” movie, first behind a piano as red smoke swirled around her, and then standing and moving to center stage.
“Such a huge song you took on and you delivered,” judge Sharon Osbourne told Boostrom as the live audience roared its agreement. “You’re unique and it’s good to be unique ... You blew me away.”
Judge David Hasselhoff talked about Boostrom’s transformation. A year ago, when she was eliminated during the Las Vegas round of tryouts for the show, Boostrom was “14 going on 15 ... frumpy ... little Mia.” Now, Hasselhoff said, she is “classy. You looked beautiful.”
“It’s great we’re part of your transformation,” Hasselhoff said.
Piers Morgan sounded the only cautionary note. Praising Boostrom as a resilient fighter, he added that she missed some high notes in the song — Osbourne protested that comment — and said Boostrom might not be better than some of the other singers on the show.
Viewers will find out at 9 tonight whether Boostrom will move on to the next round of “America’s Got Talent.” Of the 12 entrants who performed Tuesday, only five will be chosen, based on fan balloting, to advance in the competition.
At Rick’s Music World in Raynham on Tuesday night, 50 fans of Boostrom gathered to watch her perform live on the big screen. The music store on Route 44 is where Boostrom took guitar lessons and performs at open microphone nights most Thursdays.
“I thought she was fabulous,” owner Rick Santos said. “She looked beautiful, she sounded great. I thought she was very professional.”
Santos predicted good things for Boostrom.
“I think she’ll make the Top 5 tonight,” Santos said.
Boostrom, who will begin her junior year next week at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, was featured in the lead-in to Tuesday night’s show, explaining, “Singing is all I ever wanted to do my entire life. This is my chance to make my dream come true.”
Later, just before her performance, viewers saw Boostrom explain that she has often struggled with self-esteem, worrying about not having “a perfect figure.”
She worked on her confidence, Boostrom said, and hoped Tuesday night “to make sure my song is perfect and to control my nerves.”
The show featured some tough competition. Acts included an Indian-American dance team from California, a cancer patient in remission who sang “Time to Say Goodbye,” and a dancing dog named Spy. Boostrom was the fifth of 12 acts.
Asked by host Nick Cannon to respond to Morgan’s mild criticism, Boostrom said, “I think we’re all different. I’m Mia, and I think that’s good enough.”
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