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Fans Put Kentucky Singer in Finals of "America's Got Talent" Despite Waning Judge Support

This article appears courtesy of KY Forward and is written by Leslie Cissell.

Jimmy Rose thanked his fans today for putting him in next week’s Top 6 in the America’s Got Talent finals. It was “all because of you,” wrote the Bell County native on Facebook. “I give credit where it’s due.”

The former coal miner and Marine burst onto the national stage in the eighth season of NBC’s AGT with an original song he wrote entitled “Coal Keeps the Lights On.” His backstory, his humility onstage and his emotional connection with the audience and the material made him a fan and judge favorite.

Since that July performance, his judge support has lessened somewhat. Howie Mandel said he was great, but his performance wasn’t “a wow moment.” Howard Stern, who often disagrees with Mandel on camera, concurred this time and said he likes Rose’s singing, but the Tuesday, Sept. 10, rendering wasn’t “too special.” Heidi Klum acknowledged that Rose had given it his all, but he wasn’t her favorite.
Judge Mel B, a former Spice Girl, told Rose she felt he was “more confident than ever” and that he’d grown on her. She said she loved him.
Obviously, his fans do too.
Not only was an ecstatic crowd watching at the Pineville courthouse Wednesday night when the results sent Rose through to the finals, but fans on Facebook lit up the social media site with congratulations. What seemed to please people the most about the Sept. 11 results show was the former Marine’s acknowledgement of the date’s importance to him and the country.
John Taylor wrote: “Thank you, Jimmy, for recognizing what day yesterday was and for remembering all those men and women who lost their lives, and recognizing all the families who lost loved ones on 9/11/01. You were the only one who even spoke about the day and that shows you are truly an American in my book…You have my vote.”
“Thank you for taking the time to address what today is!! I hope America sees how real and true you are,” added Sonya Mitchell.
Another Facebook friend, Ann Le, said, “Great job, Marine, acknowledging 9/11 first before saying anything about making it to the finals. One of many reasons why you’re a winner in my eyes already! Keep the great country songs coming, keep smiling that handsome smile!”
Rose promised to do so. “I don’t know where this will take me, but I promise you all NEXT WEEK I will make you all proud by giving everything I have on that stage. God bless you all,” he wrote.
It remains to be seen if he’ll sing another original which fan Becky Thomas calls “the best” or if he will learn a new song and perform a cover. Either way, Mel B and thousands of Americans, especially the 1,879 in Pineville, love him and should remain his “loyal fans” for the final round of competition.
See below to watch Rose’s cover of the Blake Shelton song, “God Gave Me You,” performed Sept. 10:

See previously: KY Forward's story Former coal miner, Marine makes it past quarter finals on America’s Got Talent.

Photo: Jimmy Rose via Facebook