Gabourey Sidibe's Talented mother

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 June 2010
Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe's mother Alice Tan Ridley wowed the 'America's Got Talent' judging panel yesterday (15.06.10), with her powerful rendition of Etta James' 'At Last'

Gabourey Sidibe's mother wowed the judges on 'America's Got Talent' yesterday (15.06.10).

Alice Tan Ridley was praised by the US reality show's judging panel and received a standing ovation from the audience, as she belted out a soulful rendition of Etta James' 'At Last' on the reality show.

Despite her daughter's rise to fame in the movie 'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire', the gospel singer has been performing in New York City subway stations three days a week for the past 18 years.

Judge Sharon Osbourne said: "Alice, millions of people must have gone back and forth on that subway over the 20 years. How come nobody signed you?"

New judge, comedian and TV host, Howie Mandel - who recently replaced Simon Cowell on the US variety show - was also bowled over by Alice's vocals.

He said: "What an amazing voice. I love what you did and you deserve to be heard by much more than everybody on the train."

Piers Morgan, who also works on the judging panel of 'Britain's Got Talent', was overwhelmed by the performance.

He added: "In terms of raw talent, the best audition of the day."

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