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Lexi Walker sings 'Let It Go' solo with One Voice Children's Choir on 'America's Got Talent'

Compiled by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Thu, Aug. 21 11:30 a.m. MDT

 Tuesday night, Utah's One Voice Children's Choir performed \

Tuesday night, Utah's One Voice Children's Choir performed "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen" during a live performance on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

(America's Got Talent YouTube screenshot)

Utah's One Voice Children's Choir performed "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen" Tuesday night during a live performance on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

The 100 choir members, ranging from ages 7-17, wore white as they sang the melody that brought them YouTube success earlier this year. Lexi Walker, 12, performed a solo in the choir's shortened version of the song.

Although judge Howard Stern enjoyed the choir's original June 22 performance, he was not impressed with their performance Tuesday night. However, judges Mel B and Heidi Klum enjoyed it.

A total of 12 acts performed Tuesday, five of which will be voted through to the next round. The results will be announced Wednesday on NBC at 7 p.m. MST.

Regardless of what Wednesday brings, the choir expressed their appreciation for the opportunity on Twitter. Leading up to the live performance Tuesday, many wished the choir luck, including Gov. Gary Herbert.

Update: The One Voice Children's Choir was not selected to move through to the next round Wednesday night. After the results were announced, the choir posted about the experience on Facebook.

Email: spetersen@deseretnews.com | Twitter: @Sarah_DNews

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1. Anonymous User
ARLINGTON, VA,
Aug. 20, 2014

Although I think Miss Walker has a beautiful voice, I do have to admit that the programming / solo choices that have been used on AGT so far makes this choir feel like the choir is just a backup choir for Lexi Walker. My impression from some of their other videos and performances is that this choir has a lot more to give than to merely be a venue for one talented singer in the bunch. The choir is full of talented young people and I wish they would showcase more of the choir as a whole, rather than using the choir to serve as a vehicle to further the career of one lucky girl. Choose more pieces without soloists or mix up the soloists to give some variety.

2. Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA,
Aug. 20, 2014

@Anonymous User

"The choir is full of talented young people and I wish they would showcase more of the choir as a whole."

And how popular is straight choir music with the masses? Answer: Not at all. In order to have a popular song/record, you need a featured artist and backup singers. NBC isn't a charity. They're not out to showcase a feel-good story. They're out to find a potential hit that will make money. And in today's world of musical consumption - like it or not - that means a soloist with backup, not a choir.

3. wer
South Jordan, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

howard stern's opinion on national tv. No matter what it is, his presence just illustrates the depths to which television "entertainment" has fallen.

4. Anonymous User
ARLINGTON, VA,
Aug. 20, 2014

@BraveSirRobin

I don't disagree that the product delivered is what people want, and I don't think quality should be compromised. The benefit of having a 100 person group is that it allows a mixture of voices and sounds to create something beyond individual performers, and I don't think that the choir lives up to its potential when it just functions as a backup choir. Lexi could do just as fine with 8-10 backup singers - and, as you say, that's what today's world of musical consumption demands.

I'm also saying that the approach at using a featured soloist to carry the choir seems to depart from the "One Voice" aspect of the children's choir, and I think that the choir could have carried itself without having to lean on the prowess of the soloist so much. Rather, the approach being taken in competition is that it's One Voice, backed by an incredible Children's Choir. If that's the approach they need to take to make a hit - which is completely fine - they should sell it as "Lexi Walker and the One Voice Children's Choir," as it's just becoming her backup choir.

5. stuff
Provo, UT,
Aug. 20, 2014

Lexi was beautiful but I wish the song choice was one that showcased the entire choir.