Will this singer’s powerful rendition of ‘Creep’ be enough to win ‘AGT: All-Stars’?
During an earlier round, Simon Cowell said Tom Ball, a 24-year-old singer from England, gave the ‘best performance’ on the show
“AGT: All-Stars” has brought back 60 former champions, finalists and fan favorites to compete for the ultimate “All-Star” title. The show’s finale — which aired Monday night — featured the 11 top acts, voted through by the “AGT” judges and superfans.
Here’s a look at singer Tom Ball, who has a really good shot at winning the competition.
Tom Ball performs for ‘AGT: All-Stars’ finale
For the “AGT: All-Stars” finale, Ball, a 24-year-old singer from England, applied his operatic vocal style to create a powerful rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” — leading to a massive standing ovation from the show’s judges and audience.
“It was one of those performances which shouldn’t work but did work,” Simon Cowell said. “It was really powerful and moving. ... You deserve to be here. I mean, seriously, you just turned it up.”
“I think you rose up nine levels,” “AGT” judge Howie Mandel added. “Really amazing.”
“AGT” judge Heidi Klum said Ball couldn’t have brought a better performance to the finale.
“Your ability to express your emotions and what you’re feeling while you’re singing is so powerful and so incredible,” she said. “Wow, what a performance. You couldn’t have done it better.”
“AGT: All-Star” will reveal the champion during a two-hour episode airing Feb. 27 on NBC. During the episode, the top 11 acts will perform alongside a number of musicians, including Weezer, Terry Fator, Adam Lambert and Lindsey Stirling.
Who is Tom Ball on ‘AGT: All-Stars’?
Ball initially appeared on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2022, auditioning with a rendition of Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall.” He ultimately finished as the runner-up, placing second to comedian Axel Blake. The 15th season of “BGT” also featured singer Loren Allred, known for being the powerhouse voice behind the hit song “Never Enough” from “The Greatest Showman.”
Now, appearing on “AGT: All-Stars,” Ball is determined to come out on top.
“Being here is my second chance,” the 24-year-old high school teacher said ahead of his “All-Stars” audition. “I want to win this.”
For his “All-Stars” audition, Ball performed a passionate rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” that led the show’s judges and host Terry Crews to give the singer the group golden buzzer, securing his place in the finale.
“You’re like Susan Boyle’s grandson because what you do is not what we expect. For me, this is the best performance I’ve seen all series,” Cowell said, noting that he believed Ball would have won “BGT” in 2022 had he performed this for the finale.
It’s a busy time for Ball. Ahead of his appearance on “All-Stars,” which was filmed a few months ago, the singer also noted that he was about to get married. He has now been married for 14 weeks, according to his Instagram.
According to Sussex World, Ball teaches in Haywards Heath, a town in West Sussex, England.