Cristina Rae performed a stunning version of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen during the Quarterfinal 3 of America’s Got Talent 2020 (Season 15).
For her incredible rendition, Cristina Rae, who is Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer, received a standing ovation from the judges.
Season: AGT 2020 (Season 15)
Contestant: Cristina Rae
Song: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
Cristina Rae Delivers a Stunning Performance of “Hallelujah” – America’s Got Talent 2020
“Hallelujah” is a song written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen. It was originally released on his album Various Positions (1984) with little success. But it gained recognition after being featured in the animated film Shrek (2001). Many arrangements have been performed in recordings and in concert since then, with over 300 versions known. The song has been used in film and TV soundtracks and televised talent contests. “Hallelujah” also experienced renewed interest following Cohen’s death in November 2016 and appeared on many international singles charts, including entering the American Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.
Cristina Rae “Hallelujah” AGT 2020 Quarterfinals
Heidi Klum said Cristina sang it flawlessly. “It was so perfect, it was crystal clear. I mean, you could have not done a better job. You have no idea how much I have your back. I hope America has your back tonight. I hope America is going to vote for you. I want you to win so badly,” she said.
Sofia Vergara described Cristina’s performance as “gorgeous”. She said, “When I listen to you, you sound to me like you’re already a recording artist. It’s so great and I mean this song, I felt like I’ve heard this song before but then you made it like so yours, so unique and it’s spectacular. I wish you a lot of luck.”
Howie Mandel said that one word to describe Cristina’s performance was “flawless”. That instrument, you did it with such ease and that range of notes…you are deserving of the Golden Buzzer.”
America’s Got Talent Season 15
This season is most notable for its production being affected by the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic in 2020, which impacted audition sessions. The program initially moved to filming without an audience present at auditions, before ultimately suspending production. Auditions were later allowed to continue, but via online applications from those quarantined in their homes.
The production staff decided to push through with the broadcast as planned and premiere on May 26.
Production resumed the week of June 22, 2020, filming on a film backlot in Simi Valley, decorated to look like a drive-in movie theater. Everyone, including the judges and host Terry Crews, wore masks when not on camera. The Judge Cuts round was reduced from four episodes to one, and the acts were reduced from 72 to 60. The live shows will feature 44 acts over four weeks, compared to 36 acts appearing over three weeks last season.
Producers decided to include a virtual audience for the Live Shows and Universal Studios Hollywood was chosen as the venue for performances to take place.
Prior to the first quarter-final’s live broadcast, Cowell became involved in an electric bike accident that left him with a severe back injury. Cowell had surgery to repair the damage, and the production staff recruited guest judges like Kelly Clarkson and Kenan Thompson to stand in for him until doctors would allow him to return to AGT.
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