In its 11th season, America’s Got Talent found a whole crop of singers with golden voices. But perhaps none more golden than 12-year-old Texan Kadie Lynn Roberson. In her semifinal round, Kadie Lynn absolutely nailed a cover of Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.”
It’s not an easy song to pull off, either. “I Hope You Dance” became one of Womack’s signature tunes. The song came out in 2000, and proceeded to win just about every songwriting award imaginable in 2001.
The big, sweeping chorus could catch up even the greatest singers. Especially since it comes right after a more subdued, heartfelt verse that requires a distinct subtlety. But Kadie Lynn pulled it off.
The judges consistently loved Kadie Lynn and probably would have put her into the next round. Unfortunately, the round came down to viewer votes, not judges. And the TV viewers voted in fellow singer Brian Justin Crum over Roberson and another teen singer, Calysta Bevier.
But don’t worry about Kadie Lynn. Her consistently amazing performances on the show certainly earned her enough respect and attention that she’ll have a career in country music, with our without an AGT victory.