The 5-year-old with an angelic voice who won millions of hearts by singing Celine Dion’s “My Hearts will Go on” – Celine Tam was a semi-finalist In “America’s Got Talent” season 12. With her bubbly personality, amazing vocals and of course with the performances of her namesake legendary singer Celine Dion’s songs, Tam was a favorite of AGT judges and quickly became an internet sensation. Born on 22nd of November 2007, Celine is now almost 11 years old (2018).
America’s Got Talent Season 12 Auditions
Celine Tam received four resounding “Yes” votes from Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell for her first performance in AGT, which sent her to the Judge Cuts round. Tam performed “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Michael Bolton in her second round, and Golden Buzzer of the guest judge Laverne Cox sent her directly to the Quarter Finals round.
Her performance of “When You Believe” by Whitney Houston and Maria Carey got a standing ovation from Heidi Klum, and enough votes from the rest of the judges for her to make her way into the Semi-Finals round. Celine performed a beautiful rendition of the song “How Far I’ll Go” from the movie “Moana” in the Semi-Finals around which got another standing ovation from Heidi Klum. however, her AGT journey had to end there since she could not get enough votes from the judging panel to make her way into the finals. Her duet “You Raise Me Up” with Jefferey Li went viral on the internet in 2015, for which she made her way into the TV program “Little Big Shots”.
Family and Early Life
Celine was indeed named after the popular singer Celine Dion, and she has a sister named Dion who was also named after the legendary singer. According to her father Steve Tam, Celine began singing at a very young age, actually when she was three, learning from her father, who is a music teacher himself with a singing academy in China. Celine first performed publicly when she was four years old, and prior to her appearance on American television, Celine had made numerous appearances on Chinese Television, and also competed in Season 10 of “Britain’s Got Talent” as well, but her audition was not telecast, as she was eliminated before she made it to the live rounds.
After the AGT Journey
When Celine was eliminated from “America’s Got Talent” season 12 semi-final round, she had already gathered thousands of fans from all over the world due to her amazing vocals, and her personality. Therefore, her elimination was not received well and had many of her outraged fans expressing their displeasure especially towards Mel B, who criticized the little singer in both quarterfinals and the semifinals. Celine took to Twitter to thank her fans after her elimination, wishing the best for all the finalists and expressing gratitude for her experience and the friendships that she had made.
Did Celine Tam Continue to Expand Her Fame?
Celine’s fame did not fade after her “America’s Got Talent” elimination – she ended 2017 being Hong Kong’s top trending YouTube video star of the year, receiving this accolade after her first AGT audition video. Her performance of “My Heart Will Go on” was viewed over 42 million times, over 40 times the views her competitors had in this category.
Controversies Around Celine Tam’s Father
There were some controversies around Celine’s father during and after her performances in America’s Got Talent. He was accused of cashing in on the success of his daughter when he launched his own album. Steve Tam was the vocal coach of little Celine, and he presented himself as the teacher who trained and nurtured her, apart from being her father.
The fans of the young singer accused him of “using his daughter as a money tree”. He had more controversies including whether his Doctorate was authentic since he was introduced as Dr. Steve Tam, but he produced his doctoral certificate of Philosophy in Business Administration to prove his credentials. He was also accused of stealing students from a performer in Hong Kong, to which he addressed and apologized on an album release event.
Celine’s father Steve Tam describes her as a “well self-behaved little young girl”. She has expressed that she loves to watch cartoons in her free time and that she enjoys drawing. Celine has a pet dog and she likes spending time at the beach as well. Apart from singing, Celine is also learning to play the guitar which she is getting really good at. Her favorite food is ice cream, and she loves having fried eggs for breakfast.
The net worth of Celine Dion is estimated by authoritative sources to already be over $400,000, and would seem very likely to increase this amount assuming her career continues to develop.