Spokane singer-songwriter Cami Bradley has advanced to the final round on the NBC series “America’s Got Talent.”
The results of the nationwide vote that placed Bradley in the finals were revealed live on Wednesday night’s episode, and Bradley’s last competitive performance will be aired next week. The winner will receive a $1 million prize and a chance to headline a show in Las Vegas.
“It feels so surreal. I can’t even believe it,” Bradley said Thursday from New York City, where the final episodes of the talent competition will be filmed. “I’m trying to remember back to when I first auditioned and thinking about the possibility of actually getting to this point, and I honestly thought this was never reachable.”
The show initially featured 61 individual acts, and Bradley is among six to make it this far.
Among those she’s up against are country singer Jimmy Rose, operatic tenor trio Forte and stand-up comedian Taylor Williamson.
The performance that secured Bradley’s spot in the top six was a sparse but melodic interpretation of the Bon Jovi hit “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
All four judges – radio personality Howard Stern, supermodel Heidi Klum, comedian Howie Mandel and former Spice Girl Mel B – raved about Bradley’s performance, in particular praising her “star quality” and her unique arrangement of a well-known song.
“You’ve got a great career ahead of you,” Stern told Bradley on Tuesday. “We made a truly excellent discovery with you.”
But Bradley doesn’t have stars in her eyes just yet. Although she has already started prepping for her last stage performance (she has her final song selected, but she can’t reveal what it will be), Bradley said the reality of a possible win hasn’t sunk in just yet. In fact, she hasn’t even considered it.
“I haven’t thought ahead at all,” she said with a laugh. “I’m just trying to get through the next five days.”
The end of Bradley’s journey on “America’s Got Talent” is right around the corner: The final round of voting occurs on Tuesday, and the winner will be crowned live the following evening.
“I need to focus on the finale before really looking forward to what this means for me in my career and my life,” Bradley said.
“Maybe it’s less pressure if I don’t think about what the prize is,” she added. “For me, it’s better if I focus on giving the absolute best performance I can and worry about the outcome after that.”