Hong Kong singer Celine Tam, 9, into next round of America’s Got Talent

Pint-sized songstress posts positive news on social media after judges give her resounding thumbs-up

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2017, 11:57pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 9:02am

True to her namesake’s hit song, Hong Kong-born Celine Tam Tsz-kwan’s heart will go on – to the next round of America’s Got Talent.

The nine year old, who wowed judges with her cover of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, posted the news on social media on Wednesday with a photo of her family, who she thanked for their support.

After the buzz surrounding the talented singer erupted on Sunday following a teaser of her performance on the show, a full video of the segment of the popular programme released on Tuesday in the United States revealed the positive news and the judge’s comments on her.

Tam earned a decisive ‘yes’ from each of the four judges, who praised her vocals and her stage presence.

“I was just pretty impressed, to start off with, by how confident you are, and that this audience didn’t phase you – there were no nerves, no nothing,” said Melanie Brown, more popularly known as Mel B. “You looked so at home and peaceful up there on stage.”

But it wasn’t Tam’s first time performing in front of a big crowd. Back in 2015, she sang at Hong Kong’s National Day reception at the invitation of the city’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Little Hong Kong girl with a big voice handles pressure and critics with aplomb, father says

Judge Simon Cowell found it hard to believe such a powerful voice could be coming out of such a young singer.

“That’s obviously not you singing, so who’s that singing?” joked Cowell.

I can’t get the smile off my face
Howie Mandel, judge

“It’s me!” insisted Tam, who’s been singing for just six years, since she was three years old.

Judges Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel were similarly charmed.

“I can’t get the smile off my face,” Mandel said. “That’s why I love doing this show.”

After the judges’ verdict, Tam’s family rushed onto the stage. Her father, a voice coach, first noticed the young singer’s talent when they were listening to Celine Dion in the car and she started singing along.

On stage, Mel B asked Tam’s little sister – named Dion after the family’s favourite singer – if she thought her big sister had done a good job. “Yes!” said Dion, who Tam had been trying to teach to sing.

“What a beautiful family,” Mandel said, as the happy four hurried off stage.