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'Precious' Star Gabby Sidibe's Mom Has the Skills on 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 16th 2010 12:30AM
'Precious' Star Gabby Sidibe's Mom Has the Skills on 'America's Got Talent'Sometimes, talent runs in the family. That's the lesson on 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC).

[Spoiler alert.]

Alice Tan Ridley is the mother of actress Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe -- the breakout star of the film 'Precious.' And she's got some skills of her own. Alice appeared as a contestant on 'America's Got Talent' ... where she blew the judges away.

Ms. Ridley performed her version of the song 'At Last,' and it was stunning. It turns out that Ridley has been singing since she was young; she likes to sing in subway stations, which she's been doing for nearly twenty years.

Judge Sharon Osbourne was shocked by all of this, and couldn't believe that Alice hadn't been discovered before. "Millions of people must've gone back and forth on that subway over the twenty years," Osbourne said. "How come nobody signed you?"

Even hard-to-please judge Piers Morgan called Ridley the "best audition of the day." The judges moved Ridley along to Las Vegas, where she will continue to compete. Good stuff.

Here, as a bonus, is an additional video of Alice Ridley singing in the subway. Check it out. It's pretty incredible.

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I think Julian should visit with this lady to insure that she has many many more years to sing . . . and while she is there,perhaps Julian could knock some sense into that morbidly obese daughter, Gabby. She is definitely on the Mama Cass train!!!

June 17 2010 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If she wins, do they pay her in sandwiches ?

June 16 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Super voice ! Alice, the world is yours !!

June 16 2010 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This lady is beyond accolade! Like many black Americans, she sings with power and absolute meaning; very few white singers can match the vocal abilities of a lady like Alice. She adds the words music and soul to her songs and should be entertaining us all beyond the subway! The likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and Lena Horne would definitely give Alice a standing ovation. As a white guy singing in the shower, I sure do!

June 16 2010 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To all the immature bloggers... THIS woman's voice is incredible. No, she does not look like Britney, or Christine or any host of other Visually-driven music so-called "stars". The paradigm of music delivery has changed so much from someone who can truly sing, like Alice here, to "eye candy" who can kind of sing, dance & look good on camera. What a refreshing voice. No pitch correction, no super-duper camera angles... Finally, just a PURE VOICE. This show is about TALENT and, clearly, Alice has a God-given voice and talent. Good luck to you Alice.

June 16 2010 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOL, I love it! You always know you've made an impact when envy rears its head. You look at a person you don't even know and feel the need to try and tear them down with negativity at one of their happiest moments. People will only do that for one reason, and that's because happiness is missing from their own lives. What's worse for you, sensing her talent and confidence in herself, or hearing people admire her?

June 16 2010 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She hadn't been discovered because she's an older, dark-skinned black woman singing in a subway and people walk by without even looking up (which is sad). It is hard for both older women, and darker-skinned women to make it in the music industry full of light-skinned teeny boppers who sell sex like Beyonce, Ashanti, Ciara, etc. I, for one, was BLOWN AWAY by her talent and would love to hear more of it. Man that audition was awesome. I bet she would ROCK the national anthem!

June 16 2010 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This woman is truly wonderful, I agree with Sharon Osburne on why noone has not discovered her? She is going to go very far. May God bless you Alice and all the best to you.

June 16 2010 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, I wasn't expecting her to be that good. Sharon was right, why wasn't she discovered before? She's amazing. I hope she gets a record deal.

June 16 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My God, What a racist remark. How utterly stupid you are......

June 16 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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