Christina Wells is a former winner of Pride Idol and is a fixture with Houston audiences and now with a much broader audience. She recently became a finalist on America’s Got Talent and was a favorite of Simon Cowell, who was always constructive, if brutally honest, in his assessment of her incredible talent and song choices.
Wells took time from preparation of her upcoming concert to answer a few questions.
MONTROSE STAR: Why the decision to audition for America’s Got Talent?
Christina Wells: This past year I realized that my children were growing up, they’d be leaving my nest and then I would just have work and an empty house. So I started thinking of what I wanted to do. My first thought was go get my Masters Degree in Nursing and start teaching. But then I realized that I wanted to try to go back and pick up my dream of being a singer. I auditioned for The Voice on a whim but was turned down, and deep inside I always felt that if Simon Cowell could hear me sing that he would tell me if I had “it” or not. AGT was my best chance at singing for for Simon!
STAR: What was your favorite part of the overall AGT experience?
CW: The people! The new fans, friends, and followers but especially the other contestants. It was so refreshing meeting contestants who have the same dream, who’ve had challenges to overcome, but kept pushing! The AGT contestants were from all over the world, so it was cool to meet such a diverse group of people. Also, the thousands of people who have reached out, told me their stories, struggles, hopes and dreams make me feel connected to the world!
STAR: Who was your favorite judge and why?
CW: Simon will always be my favorite judge because he pulls no punches. When he said I was good it was because I was. When he said I struggled it’s because I did. I respect his opinion and I know he will never just say that I did a good job to be nice.
STAR: Would you do anything differently?
CW: Not one single thing. I wouldn’t change a song. I wouldn’t change a note. I wouldn’t change one moment of stress, tears, or joy, for that matter.
STAR: What has life brought you since your appearance?
CW: People know who I am! They see me on the street, come up and hug me and say “You’re that singer!” It is my dream come true! I want to share a message of hope and joy and light with my voice and my music, and now people are willing to listen to me!
STAR: Who would you like to play you when they make a movie of your life?
CW: I think that Queen Latifah would be amazing!