Pineville singer advances to 'America's Got Talent' semifinals

August 15, 2013 

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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 816 -- Pictured: Jimmy Rose -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

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Pineville musician Jimmy Rose advanced to the semi-final round of NBC's America's Got Talent on Wednesday night with his soft, country take on Bryan Adams' 1985 hit Heaven.

His performance on Tuesday night's show had host Heidi Klum singing along, although several judges were less impressed, saying they weren't sure whether he would make it through the current round.

On Tuesday, 12 acts performed, and only four advanced to the semis after nationwide voting. Joining Rose were acrobat Timber Brown, singer Cami Bradley and comedian Taylor Williamson.

Judge Howie Mandel was the only one to speak after Rose's victory was announced, and he said voters might be backing Rose's story as a former coal miner and Iraq War veteran as much as his talent.

Rose won the first round of auditions with his original song, Coal Keeps the Lights On.

There is one more round of 12 quarterfinalists next week before the semi-final rounds begin in the last week in August.

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