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Gabourey Sidibe's Mother to Appear on America's Got Talent

Gabourey-sidibe Alice Tan Ridley, a busker and mother of Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe, will appear before the judges of TV show America's Got Talent in New York City later this month.

When Sidibe was doing the media rounds for Precious, she often had to dispel perceptions that her life mirrored that of her character. Her performance was so astounding, that people found it hard to believe that the horrific life of Precious could have been brought to life by a bubbly, vivacious college student with a modest but happy upbringing.

But Sidibe was not raised by boring parents. Her mother, Ridley, has gained some level of fame as a gospel and R&B singer in the New York City subways. Ridley sets up shop with a microphone, speaker, banner, and a suitcase that holds CDs that fans can buy.

Ridley began campaigning for a spot on America's Got Talent earlier this year and is now scheduled to display her powerhouse vocals for the judging panel comprised of Piers Morgan, Howie Mandel, and Sharon Osbourne. Ridley states that she aspires to follow in Susan Boyle's footsteps. Boyle, if you were living under a rock last year, became an instant worldwide celebrity when she appeared on Britain's Got Talent and stunned everyone by singing while being dowdy. Apparently you usually can't do both at the same time.

Critics might argue that Ridley is trying to ride on the coattails of her daughter's fame. But I don't know. She's allowed to have show biz ambitions and have a famous daughter. Especially when she sounds like this:

After that clip, I definitely want to hear what she sounds like on a stage with good acoustics and a decent sound system.







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Comments

Fawn Amber

Damn...you go girl. Getchoo some.

bd

Hey! I walk through that Times Square station twice a day. Why do I only ever see the Ebony Hillbillies? I would LOVE to see her!

ballerinatoes

I saw her interviewed sometime during the pre- Oscar time and thought she was pretty amazing. She can sing and raised a charming, witty, self assured daughter. I wish her all the luck in the world.




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