America’s Got Talent Finalists – Christina and Ali

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m going to be posting details from my interviews with the America’s Got Talent top 10. I was lucky enough to be able to interview all 10 of them. Here’s some details from my interview with Christina and Ali.

First off, I’m glad I didn’t make a fool of myself, but for some reason I always thought that Christina was the older one, but she’s not. Ali is the older one and Christina is the younger one. As most of you readers know, I’ve been a big fan of Christina and Ali since I first saw them perform at the Las Vegas Auditions. I’m quite sure I did a horrible job at the interview because of that, but hopefully it was fun for them to talk to one of their fans. I know it was a real pleasure for me.

First up, I talked to Ali. Unfortunately, because Christina and Ali were first and we had technical difficulties a couple times, we had to restart our conversation a number of times. Ali was incredibly gracious despite all the dropped calls (it wasn’t even a cell phone). Props to her for that.

Of course, I’m still rattled a bit from the technical problems myself, but I did find out some interesting info.

First, I had to ask Ali more details about what it’s like performing with cystic fibrosis (CF). I’m not sure she felt totally comfortable talking about it. I got the impression she didn’t really want that to be the focus of the conversation, but I (and I think many others were interested).

Despite this, she did say that having CF was tough sometimes. However, Ali also said that singing is actually kind of therapeutic for them since the singing helps to clear out the lungs. I think she’d kind of mentioned this one before on the show, but it’s interesting to consider the idea.

I told her a bit about my friend who has cystic fibrosis and giving him percussion therapy. She said yeah, that her dad did that for them also. Honestly, I didn’t want to dive into that anymore, because it’s heart breaking for me to even think about even though it’s what will likely save their lives.

So, I moved on quickly to ask her what it would be like to perform in the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas where the regular performers are: Celine Dion, Cher, Elton John and Jerry Seinfeld? (I asked this of almost all the top 10). Ali then shared that Celine Dion is her idol and so performing on the stage where Celine performs would be a dream come true.

Ali also shared with me that her sister gives her a lot of support back stage to help her feel more relaxed and less stressed. They’re pretty lucky to have each other to experience this together.

When I asked Ali which of the top 10 (besides their act) was her favorite, she said Prince Poppycock.

I think talked briefly with Christina since I’d already spent quite a bit of time with Ali. I asked Christina if she was glad that she was able to miss out on the start of school so she could be on the show. She answered that it was a nice thing to go on vacation and miss school, but that she still has to go to school. Her and a number of the other kids are required to go to school.

It was also funny, because Christina mentioned that Ali would kind of tease her when she had to go to school. Pretty funny. Sounds like something I’d do with my siblings.

When I asked Christina what she’d do if they won a million dollars and she said, “Buy my brother a really fast car.”