“AGT” judge Howie Mandel hits a second golden buzzer for 14-year-old singer Reid Wilson

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA: A 14-year-old teenager from the state of Alabama left the judges on “America’s Got Talent” Season 19 completely impressed when he confidently took the stage and belted out a 1960s favorite, “You Don’t Own.” Me.’ His performance was so captivating that it had the judges in awe and left the audience mesmerized.

Howie Mandel was completely taken aback and amazed by Reid’s performance, which was characterized by an amazing vibrato and a captivating blend of deep, sultry tones and electrifying high pitches.

Simon Cowell expressed surprise at Reid’s performance, stating that he had not anticipated such remarkable talent coming from someone so young. During the course of the performance, Simon described how he found himself closing his eyes momentarily, only to reopen them and be greeted by a charming and talented young performer.

The young contestant admitted that his inspiration for his performance came from none other than the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Shortly after, Howie said to Reid, “That was a surprise, and you know what? That stage is where dreams come true. Do you believe in dreams?”

Reid claimed he had accomplished the feat, prompting Mandel to rise from his seat and make his way over to the Golden Buzzer.

“Well, one’s coming your way,” Howie added.

Reid was left in awe as a cascade of golden confetti rained down on him, causing tears to well up in his eyes as he was joined on stage by his mother, Crews, and Mandel. Overwhelmed by the presence of such esteemed individuals, Reid admitted to feeling overwhelmed but expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the judges, especially Howie, for playing a pivotal role in making his dreams a reality.

“Why did I do it? I did it because everything, the sound and who you are, is nothing close to anything I expected. You’re a great talent. Aretha was in the room,” Howie told Reid.

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Reid Wilson performs “You Don’t Own Me” during an “AGT” audition

Reid Wilson was able to captivate judges with his powerful performance of Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit “You Don’t Own Me.” The song’s lyrics, which affirm a woman’s independence and refusal to be controlled by a man, became a symbol of women’s rights and feminism challenging the idea that men could own or control their female partners.

Lesley Gore, known for her hit “It’s My Party”, recorded “You Don’t Own Me” at the age of 17 before it was released as a single and included on her album Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts.

The song achieved gold, platinum, and multi-platinum certifications worldwide and was covered by various well-known artists such as Kristen Chenoweth, Christina Aguilera, Joan Jett, Dusty Springfield, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, and Goldie Hawn for the movie “The First Wives- Club” in 1996.

In 2014, Gore collaborated with several celebrities to create a PSA encouraging women to vote in the midterm elections to protect their rights over their bodies. The PSA featured famous figures like Lena Dunham and Natasha Lyonne lip-syncing to “You Don’t Own Me,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

Gore died of lung cancer the next year.

“AGT” Season 19 contestant Reid Wilson impresses host Terry Crews with his southern charm

Reid, a young man with an endearing Southern charm, made a memorable impression on “AGT” Host Terry Crews when they first met backstage. Dressed in a cozy turtleneck sweater and sporty suspenders, Reid humbly shared that despite only performing for intimate family gatherings, he wanted to showcase his musical talents on a bigger platform.

“When I was little, I just ran around the house screaming at the top of my lungs. I was not good at all. I just started teaching myself from there,” he shared with the producers.

In a conversation with judge Simon Cowell, Reid revealed that he only recently became dedicated to pursuing singing seriously, with aspirations of becoming the next superstar on “AGT”. He expressed his desire to break free from the feeling of being overlooked as a middle child at home, hoping that his talent would help him stand out and be remembered.

“AGT” Season 19 contestant Reid Wilson impresses host Terry Crews with his southern charm (YouTube/@AGT)

“AGT” Season 19 contestant Reid Wilson is a big fan of Jennifer Hudson

Reid Wilson gained popularity on social media with singing videos featuring his brother Ryley Wilson. Their viral TikTok videos caught the attention of Jennifer Hudson, leading to Reid’s dream come true of meeting his idol on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” in November 2023.

At just 14 years old, Reid made his television debut performing Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” with his brother on piano.

“I’m probably your biggest fan in the world. I listen to your music like every day when I make my bed. [or] when i walk I sing your music all the time.” he told Jennifer.

“AGT” Season 19 contestant Reid Wilson is a big fan of Jennifer Hudson (YouTube/@AGT)

The 19th season of “America’s Got Talent” premieres new episodes every Tuesday at 8pm and 5pm and 5pm on NBC. The season is available for streaming on Peacock, where episodes can be watched the next day.

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