Makayla Phillips got emotional on “America’s Got Talent” after paying tribute to her father.
“My dad is absolutely, 100 percent my hero because he’s a firefighter,” the 15-year-old vocalist said Tuesday during the quarterfinals round. “His job is so incredibly tough, there are days where I am scared my dad won’t come home.”
Phillips brought the house down singing “Issues” by Julia Michaels, a rendition that judge Heidi Klum called better than the original. “That is the best compliment I can give you,” Klum said after giving her golden buzzer winner a standing ovation.
After her performance, Phillips wiped tears from her face. Her father was in the audience at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, along with her family.
“It was even more incredible knowing that your family is right there next to you, supporting you, especially my dad,” she said.
Her father, Todd Phillips, works for the Riverside County Fire Department in Mecca, California. The state has been plagued with destructive wildfires this summer.
“I know that he is saving lives and helping people and it makes me so incredibly proud,” Phillips said of her dad.
The feeling is mutual. “All the work you put in makes me and your mother very proud,” Phillips said to his daughter.
The singing sensation’s fate now lies in fans’ hands — viewers can vote until early Wednesday (7 a.m. ET).
“America’s Got Talent” will reveal which seven acts will advance to the semifinals on Wednesday night.
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