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'Rising Star' judge Kesha in tears over Karen Hornsby's story

'Rising Star': One Singer's Powerful Story Chokes Up One Of The Judges

On "Rising Star," performer Karen Hornsby had a story -- and a voice -- that left Kesha choked up and holding back tears. She sang "To Love You More" for the judges.

Karen Hornsby is 36 years old and the mother of a young girl who was diagnosed with brain cancer as an infant. Her daughter's health complications led to her losing her sight and having difficulty with speech. Kesha had to hold back tears after hearing Karen's extremely moving story.

Kesha was emotional, saying, "I just -- your voice is amazing, like you're such a good mom, so I just voted yes 'cause I love you."

Even with emotional praise from Kesha, CarterMatt was less than impressed with Karen's performance: "How did she advance? Maybe it was her emotional story, because there wasn't a whole lot that she brought to the table here vocally. A lot of missed notes, even if her energy was high."

Still, fans took to Twitter to talk about her powerful performance ... many tweeting that her story left them in tears.

And as AllVoices pointed out, beginning next week the judges will take over mentoring duties from Josh Grobin as the singers go head to head in a duel-style competition.

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bigcatdaddy July 07 2014 at 10:31 AM

Sad stroy but the woman cannot sing

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bob bigcatdaddy July 07 2014 at 4:27 PM

Just had to throw some hatred her way eh, bigcatdaddy? What an ego feeding post. With folks like you we don't need free speech.

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rude bob July 07 2014 at 10:35 PM

Drop the hate card, Bob. Can nobody call a spade a spade anymore???

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bigcatdaddy bigcatdaddy July 07 2014 at 9:13 PM

@ Bob

No I did not throw any hatred. I just stated a fact. Maybe you are tone deaf.

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cbrimb July 07 2014 at 11:02 AM

Even though it adds drama, I am not a fan of contestants sharing their sad stories when in any competition. I feel the person should be judged solely on their talent, and sympathy, or empathy, should not be a part of that judging. People will almost always vote for the contestant with the sad story, even if their talent isn't up to par. It is a shane about her child, but that personal heartbreak should not be part of her act.

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sng4mo cbrimb July 07 2014 at 12:25 PM

I agree! These reallity shows should band the sob stories from the competition!

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bob cbrimb July 07 2014 at 4:30 PM

Why? Do you hate everyone or just those whose courage and devotion earn them a few minutes in the spotlight? I would ask you to have a heart, but it would take a lifetime of education.

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preenterprise bob July 07 2014 at 7:30 PM

Slow down Bob. He/she was just making a point of reference to the fact.

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Randy1953 July 07 2014 at 11:51 AM

It's hard to watch the show as it has about 20 minutes of singing versus over an hour of talking and behind the scene stories in a two hour span . It should be called " Rising Story " !

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Sir. JJStryyker July 07 2014 at 10:55 AM

These contestants need to leave their sad stories at home. I hear it on all these tallent shows and that's all crap.
Your there to show your tallent. Take your sad sad family problems to your local Church
This girl couldn't carry a tune if she tried. She needs to try acting she would be a little better at that...

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bob Sir. JJStryyker July 07 2014 at 4:34 PM

Sir? Hardly. That's a term of respect and your silly post leaves nothing to respect.

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Susan July 07 2014 at 2:39 PM

Just what the country needs, another singing competition. Enough already. Mediocrity is not something I care to watch day in, day out.

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bob Susan July 07 2014 at 4:32 PM

Why the h### are you subjecting you superior intellect to watching it then?

AAggghhhh! Just what this country needs a bunch of quasi-intellectuals spouting off to prove their sophisticated idiocy.

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Scooter July 07 2014 at 2:39 PM

Miss Ke$ha is crying over missed brewskies!!!

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Steven Raye Scooter July 07 2014 at 3:04 PM

you're good...at least she shows more interest and excitement than the other judges.

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Scooter July 07 2014 at 12:28 PM

2 words...CON TRIVED!!!

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coopdabomb July 08 2014 at 5:17 AM

If they want to cry about something look no farther than osama obama in the oval office....

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rude July 07 2014 at 10:31 PM

She just wasn't all that good. Back story or not, it IS a talent show, right?

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rosespb July 07 2014 at 2:16 PM

I hav tried towatch this show a couple of times becuase of who is one of the judges and his music but the songers are reallly awlful, you must do something about the show or it will not last.

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bob rosespb July 07 2014 at 4:36 PM

Did you actually watch it, or just sit and search for something that would allow you to display your awesom intellect by critiqueing something about it?

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