Aspiring singer Kristen Cruz walked onto America’s Got Talent stage as a virtual unknown and blew everyone away with her powerful vocals. The 19-year-old Texas native wowed Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara with her rendition of Everybody Loves An Outlaw’s “I See Red.” All four judges gave Cruz a unanimous “yes,” sending her to the semi-finals.
Cruz has made a name for herself on social media, where she posts videos of herself singing while making things like smoothies and coffee. She has a massive following, racking up more than two million followers on TikTok alone. She’s even garnered the attention of several celebrities, including Ellen Pompeo and West Side Story star Ariana DeBose.
As an AGT semi-finalist, Cruz is in the running for the $1 million grand prize and a spot in Vegas. She’s one of only three acts to receive four yeses from the judges, but she may have a leg up on her competition as a TikTok star with a dedicated fan base.
Despite her success, Cruz’s devotion to her faith remains at the center of her life. She often post videos of herself performing gorgeous renditions of Christian music, and she reflects on her journey on Instagram. In one post, she reveals that she is “so beyond grateful for the freedom, joy, and fulfilling love Jesus gives.” We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this talented teen.