NEW BREMEN — When Lilly Rooster Wilker appeared on television walking onto the “America’s Got Talent” stage this week, her mother, Amy Wilker, said it gave her and her family chills all over again.
Lilly was one of 220 auditions pre-recorded in March, but Mrs. Wilker said it still it was fun for the whole family to relive that high.
“You could see that Lilly was nervous but she was still fun and natural, and the judges loved her,” she said.
The judges — Simon Cowell, Howie Mandell, Mell B, and Heidi Klum — all voted for her to move on to the next level of competition.
The next selection phase is described as the “judges cut” where the 220 original auditions are narrowed down. “When Lilly comes back on (the AGT stage), she will be in the top 80,” said Mrs. Wilker.
The judges cut was recorded in April.
Judge Simon Cowell had said in his comments that Lilly would have to “step up her act.” Mrs. Wilker said Lilly did, and people will see this when her daughter goes back on air. Thereafter, the show goes live so people can vote on their favorite acts.
The Wilkers hope those votes go to Lilly. But Mrs. Wilker said, “Who knows what might happen. Lilly could get calls to do anything, like acting or voice-overs. We don’t know what is coming.”
There is no date set for the next appearance of “America’s Got Talent.” The family will be notified the Friday before the program airs.
To view her performance, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwpglpWH_C8&feature=youtu.be.
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