Singing
19-year-old’s raspy voice has judge saying “You open your mouth and you’re on fire”
Everything about her is outstanding, truly a star in the making.
Eduardo Gaskell
06.24.22

Kriten Cruz has around has 2.2 million followers on TikTok.

She sings while making drinks, which in itself is cool enough but it’s that unbelievable voice that adds spice to her shakes.

The 19-year-old sensation comes from Crowley, Texas and she just wants to sing.

Cruz would rather perform than work a job day in and day out.

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She was on her way to Home Depot in the hopes of getting a job but then decided to pursue her passion.

“I wanna sing,” Cruz said. “I don’t wanna not believe in myself and not try. I want to inspire people, to make them feel that you don’t have to be anything else but yourself. I don’t have to be the industry standard.”

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YouTube - America's Got Talent

Her song of choice was Everybody Loves an Outlaw’s “I See Red“, which is so perfect for her style. None of the four judges were expecting that kind of tone and power from the teenager.

Kristen can be found with around 250K followers on Instagram @kristenncruz.

She’s got celebrity followers like David Arquette, Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, and West Side Story actor Arian DeBose. Cruz is an online star but she’s hungry for more!

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YouTube - America's Got Talent

You know Cruz is good when her tikTok videos have 47.5 million views. She covers hit songs like “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley which got over 23 million views.

Cruz also has a cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” with over 18 million.

This time, Cruz stuns and silences the AGT audience, eventually having them roar in approval when she starts singing. She sounds so good!

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YouTube - America's Got Talent

And you can tell she’s performed before.

Cruz stands pretty confidently on stage, displaying her emotions for each line of the song all while showing off her range and power.

Cruz will have you replaying this video for sure!

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YouTube - America's Got Talent

Cowell was so impressed with Cruz, he said,

“Was that really you singing? I was surprised also because we have a lot of overconfident singers who come out here and they’re dreadful. Your voice is what I would call ‘seasoned.’ You’re not like someone just starting. Your range, your tone. You have great taste by the way because it was a great, great choice of song.”

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YouTube - America's Got Talent

Howie Mandel then added, “You open your mouth and you’re on fire,” which led to Heidi Klum saying, “I love everything about you. You are a star already in the making. You just have a real gift, you just have ‘it’.

Sofia Vergara adored Cruz. “The moment you started singing you became so powerful, so confident. It was unexpected, and it was sexy.”

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YouTube - America's Got Talent

It’s not even a surprise that Cruz got all four “Yeses” from the judges.

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YouTube - America's Got Talent

That is a voice the world needs to hear.

Whether she wins or not, Cruz needs to sing with a major label. Which will probably happen.

No one in their right mind would ignore a talent like her.

Prepare your ears for the aural pleasure in the video below!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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