Sophia's name was announced and she took the stage to hooting and hollering "Yeah Sophia! Go Girl!" Of course, she sang her favorite band, One Directions', song "What Makes You Beautiful." Her voice was a bit off key and you could see how nervous she was as she tried to sing through her giggles and big smile. About 30 seconds into the song the audience started clapping along and some started to sing. Sophia got herself back on key and totally rocked the rest of the song. For the last 30 seconds of the song everyone stood up and clapped along. It was UNBELIEVALBE. Sophia took her bows and exited the stage.
Between performers there were two emcees that were talking to the audience and judges and cracking jokes etc. They asked one judge if he was a fan of One Direction because everyone knows how they are. They were joking with him to sing a little bit of a song and at the same time they started the song track to Sophia's song again (for him to sing along to). From behind the curtain and back on stage comes Sophia with a huge smile singing into her microphone AGAIN singing "You're insecure. Don't know what for......" She took the stage AGAIN and sang 30 seconds of the song until they cut the music. The entire place was laughing and clapping. Sophia couldn't have planned it better and didn't realize how perfectly timed her entrance was. It was hysterical.
The only bad part about the evening was coming home to find that I had neglected to hit record on the video camera. Thankfully, I was able to track down someone at the school who captured some of Sophia's stellar performance.
We were so proud of Sophia. She was so proud of herself. Students kept coming up to her and telling her what a great job she did. It was awesome.
We posted Sophia's story and video clip on our facebook pages and having shared all the words of congratulations to Sophia she announced that now she is ready for the Jimmy Fallon Show.