Ashley Marina revealed she’s more than a mere gift, she has world-class poise.
Ashley, 12, a singer/songwriter in Kennedy Township, will be progressing to the next round of the NBC reality contest, but it was not simple.
Midway through her audition, judge Simon Cowell stopped her, stating the backing track was drowning her out vocals. In his request, she staged a thing a cappella. But that appeared to leave him.
“I believe you brought the wrong tunes with you now,” he said, triggering a cascade of boos from the crowd. Calling the song decisions –“Anyway” and”Opportunity” –“somewhat karaoke,” he inquired if she’d take a rest, work on a brand new one and return the afternoon.
When she said she was out of Pittsburgh, judge Sofia Vergara — who’s married to Mt. Lebanon native Joe Manganiello — responded”Oooh, that is where my husband is from!”
Ashley wasn’t thrown and moved down to a living space to regroup. Under stress, she did not appear to be feeling some of those other suggested tune options.
After she returned to the point, she clarified she had been likely to do anything different: “I understand I could enter this, ’cause I composed .”
She proceeded to make a standing ovation in the judges with a song she wrote about her dad, Mark, “You’ll Always Be My Hero.”
“Well, I believe we eventually met Ashley. I can not tell you how significant that is,” said Cowell.
There were several moist eyes at the home, including her dad’s.
“He is crying,” she said, as her loved ones stood to the side of the point.
“Well, he must be yelling,” judge Howie Mandel stated. “That is the most amazing, the best present you can give a dad.”
“You now have three pleasant’ yeses.'” Cowell stated.