The singer-songwriter hit the stage straight out of the '50s with blonde curls, red lips and a sequined gown, performing a soulful version of "Chandelier" by Sia, a current top-10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
"You're the best singer I've seen here since I've joined in three years," said judge
West started singing at the age of 8. The youngest of four children, she turned to singing to get over her shyness. After graduating from
When she was dropped from the label, she had to find another way to pursue music.
"I'm so grateful this opportunity came along, because it's a huge platform," West told The Courier in June.
After nothing but positive comments from the judges, West had a hard time fighting through an emotional smile.
"I'm on cloud nine," she said. "I'm overwhelmed. Thank you so much, I have no words."
"This is such a fun and magical time for our Emily... thank you for joining in her dreams," Nemmers posted to her personal Facebook page Tuesday.
Viewers also offer an abundance of support through social media.
Jen (@ohwillowwaly) said: "I literally almost cried at the perfection of her version of Chandelier #EmilyWest #AGT"
West herself (@Westimonials) tweeted: "I'm swinging from the Chandelier! I'm going to the SEMI-FINALS on @nbcagt! Thank you for voting and thank you #AGT"
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