Aubrey Burchell was already a viral sensation before making it America’s Got Talent debut August 2. On July 29, NBC released a video, of her audition, of the 21-year-old California native’s performance of The Weeknd’s 2018 hit “Call Out My Name,” which has already had more than 2.7 million views. times on YouTube since its publication and at least 2.4 million times before Burchell’s performance aired.
“The feedback has been so warm” says Burchell in an interview, following the explosion of his audition video. “For every negative comment there are about 8,000 positive comments and people sharing their stories with me and saying such nice things. I’m overwhelmed in the best way.
Before coming to America’s Got TalentBurchell also tried on american idol four years ago, but did not pass his audition. This time around, the singer received four yeses from judges Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum.
“More than anything, I want to sell arenas all over the world,” Burchell told the judges before his performance. “I want Grammys.” She added: “And most of all, especially as a recently diagnosed level 1 autistic, a very large part of my life I struggled. I want to show other autistic kids who are suffering in silence that you can follow your passion and not go into the box and do what you do and just eat it.
The singer also shared that she works at Target and uses breaks to sing. “During my breaks, I rush to the bathroom and sit on the floor,” Burchell revealed. “I set up my camera and do a little singing to keep myself sane.”
Burchell, who was diagnosed with autism in February 2022, said learning about herself was “a missing piece of the puzzle” and that she wanted to perform for others in the neurodivergent community who could watch. America has talent. “I wanted to stand up and say something about it, because then I could help other young girls and ‘high-functioning autistics'” shared Burchell. “It’s worth going to find out, because autism doesn’t just happen one way. It is very widely represented as what is considered to be its most extreme form. We also deserve resources and to be seen.
Dressed in a flowery red dress and combat boots with her matching crimson hair, Burchell performed The Weeknd song accenting it with her own crescendos and low vibratos and kept her eyes closed as she sang for the help overcome stage fright. Instead, Burchell wanted to imagine himself singing at home for fun.
In tears after her audition, Burchell received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience. “Wow, you really have a fantastic, fantastic voice,” Klum said. “You really have the pipes and it sounds good.” Mandel added: “Just showing up is an achievement in itself, and I can tell you’re nervous, but you’re incredibly brave, and well done just for being here.”
Sofia Vergara called Burchell the ‘perfect package’ and predicted the young singer could potentially win America’s Got Talent. “You look so cool,” Vergara said. “Your voice, the song you chose, everything was perfect. I think we already love you. I think America is going to fall in love with you. I think you have a chance to win this contest.
Cowell was impressed with how Burchell took The Weeknd’s song and made it his own. “The fact that you made this song your version was genius, absolute genius,” Cowell said. “And it’s a great song, amazing. Was every note perfect? No, it didn’t matter because I truly believe we’re just witnessing someone’s career about to skyrocket.
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