Gabourey Sidibe’s mom makes a splash on “America’s Got Talent”

The Oscar nominee's mother impresses the cynical judges with her rendition of an Etta James classic

Topics: Gabourey Sidibe, NBC,

Gabourey Sidibe's mom makes a splash on "America's Got Talent"Alice Tan Ridley

Disclaimer: I don’t watch “America’s Got Talent.” I refuse to slog through the terrible to get the the sweet nuggets of awesome. And Sharon Osbourne is off-putting. In any event, millions of people love it, even with no David Hasslehoff to amuse them, and last night they were treated to a big voice from Alice Tan Ridley. Ms. Ridley is “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe’s mom, which leads me to believe that Oscar nominations are worthless if you can’t even get your mama a meeting with a record exec. Ridley’s been busking in subways instead.

PopEater, in fact, has compiled some of the performer’s best subway videos. Alice Tan Ridley has her own MySpace page and website, too. If you care to know what the judges thought, The U.K. Press Association breaks down their pithy comments.  Better yet, watch the video for yourself.

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