Aretha Franklin‘s 1968 hit “Think” is a huge song. So you’d think that a 12 year-old might have trouble wrapping their young pipes around that big-throated classic. Not seventh grader Ansley Burns, who gets judge Simon Cowell’s attention in a preview of Tuesday night’s (June 18) episode, on which she leans hard into “Think,” complete with sassy head shakes and hands-on-hips moves.
Less than 30 seconds in, though, things do not seem to be going well when Simon rolls his eyes and asks, “Where did they get that track from?,” as the musical accompaniment appears to be lagging behind the spirited pre-teen singer. Cowell calls for a break, saying the “horrible, horrible” backing track is not working. “We really like you, but that was terrible,” he says.
The pint-sized school chorus singer from Easley, South Carolina, who says that being on AGT is, literally, her dream, looks briefly shocked until Cowell suggests she try singing it a cappella. “Um…,” she says as Cowell offers her some water from his cup. “Well, that just happened,” she quips before catching her breath and proving him right with killer vocals accompanied by only the audience’s clapping.
You’ll have to wait until Tuesday to find out if Burns makes it to the next round, but watch her audition below.