In 2005, Glennis Grace represented the Netherlands with “My Impossible Dream”. Now her dream is becoming closer to reality after she delivered an impressive Whitney Houston performance in front of the judges on the new series of America’s Got Talent.
The Dutch diva faced the panel of judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell, as well as a live audience.
Before she began singing, Glennis told the panel of what was motivating her. “I have an 11-year-old son and he would love to see me follow my dreams.” She also added, “Ever since I was a little kid, I knew I was made to sing for lots and lots more people.”
Glennis then launched into her version of the 1993 Whitney Houston song “Run to You”.
She impressed both the audience and the judging panel with her powerhouse vocals and uncanny ability to convey the spirit of Whitney Houston. Glennis won votes from all four judges and will proceed to the quarter-finals of America’s Got Talent in coming weeks.
This isn’t the first time that Glennis Grace has made a splash with “Run to You”. Last year she performed the song as part of a concert by the Dutch group Ladies of Soul. A video of the performance went viral internationally and to date has racked up over 1.8 million views.
Ladies of Soul is a four-piece Dutch soul diva supergroup. As well as Glennis Grace, the group is also made up of Edsilia Rombley (Netherlands 1998, 2007), Berget Lewis (Nationaal Songfestival 2003, The X Factor UK 2017), jazz saxophonist Candy Dulfer. Trijntje Oosterhuis (Netherlands 2015) is a founding member and sometimes performs with her ex-group.
Glennis Grace got her big break in 1994 at the age of 15, when she performed as Whitney Houston on the talent show Soundmixshow. Her performance of Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time” helped launch her career as a professional singer.
This eventually led to Glennis competing in Nationaal Songfestival 2005, which she won with the song “My Impossible Dream”. However, the success was not repeated at Eurovision. Glennis placed 14th in the semi-final, kicking off the Netherlands’ eight-year non-qualification streak.
She may be hoping that history doesn’t repeat as she pursues her dream on America’s Got Talent.
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