By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStars | Jul 25, 2013 09:17 AM EDT
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Before Anna Christine found out on Wednesday night that she was a semi-finalist on America's Got Talent, she spoke to Enstars about her fears going into the live show round, how she got to perform on one of the most iconic stages on earth and the judges that make her uneasy.
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The 11-year-old Las Vegas native performed on Tuesday night at Radio City Music Hall Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by Cyndi Lauper. She called the number "really theatrical and more flashy" than anything she has done before. She was nervous going up on stage because of all the things that could distract her and affect her performance, like not hearing the background track. Talking about standing in front of the judges - Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. - and waiting for their critique, she admitted that she does not think one is harder to impress than the other.
"Everyone thinks Howard is rude and stuff. He's not. Howard's really nice," Christine said. "I dont really know a lot about the judges but I know Heidi and Mel are tougher that people think they are."
As far as the judge that makes her the most nervous, Christine said, "Howie. He's not really fond of children performing."
Christine auditioned for the talent competition after getting encouragement from her mother, who thought her daughter was destined to be a professional vocalist. Her mother is also the person who inspired her to become a singer, Christine said.
"She is my biggest supporter ever," she said about her mother. "Shes a really good singer but she was never really a professional. My grandma was a singer and I come from a musical family."
Singers that influence and inspire Christine include Adele and Paramore's lead singer Hayley Williams. She called the latter her "favorite person ever."
"Hayley Williams is, like, my favorite person on earth and I'm trying to get that out because if Hayley Williams said something about me I would die," Christine added. "I would, seriously. I would be standing in front of my computer or TV and I would just fall dead."
Christine will compete in the semi-finals alongside confirmed acts that are moving on The KriStef Brothers, Collins Key and Branden James. Klum and Stern voted for Christine as a semi-finalist but since there was a tie in the judges votes (Mandel and Mel B. voted for rock band American Hitmen), the viewers votes ultimately decided that she will move on.
Christine hopes to win big, but does not want the fame getting to her head. She explained how her friends keep her grounded by not making a big deal about her starring in a nationally televised, reality show competition.
"I have two friends that I'm really close to. I texted them today I said hey I' getting ready to go on Americas Got Talent you gotta watch tonight and they were like 'Oh cool. I'm going to universal studios today.' We don't really make it a big deal out of it and, I mean, I wouldn't want it that way."
Watch the video below to see Christine's live performance at Radio City Music Hall in N.Y.
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