Gabourey Sidibe’s mom Alice Tan Ridley has got talent, and she will soon be showcasing it on ‘America’s Got Talent’ in front of millions. So what is Alice Tan Ridley’s talent, and does Gabourey Sidibe’s mom have a shot at winning ‘America’s Got Talent’?
Alice Tan Ridley’s Humble Way of Making Money
Many New Yorkers probably knew who Alice Tan Ridley was long before Gabourey Sidibe dropped jaws with her emotional and moving performance in the movie ‘Precious’. For almost twenty years, Alice Tan Ridley has been working the subways of New York, belting out songs three days a week for commuters. She may not be on her way to living the life of luxury that daughter Gabourey Sidibe has been experiencing just yet, but she’s told ‘The New York Post’ that her name is not on Gabourey Sidibe’s paycheck and that she makes enough money through her subway singing to feed her kids and pay the bills. She’s also performed at a few private events and even traveled to other countries to give performances. However, her main stage has always been the subways.
Alice Tan Ridley’s ‘Precious’ Connection
According to Alice Tan Ridley, she was offered the role of the mother in ‘Precious’, but felt that it would be too hard for her to take on. She then handed the book the movie was based on to daughter Gabourey Sidibe, whose friends encouraged her to try out for the part. She did, winning the role that would change her life. Mo’nique, who ultimately one the Oscar for playing the role that Alice Tan Ridley turned down, must have been a great inspiration for young Gabby, because Alice Tan Ridley recalls that her daughter never wanted to be a singer like her mother; she wanted to be a comedian like Mo’nique (and has since proved that she can be funny on SNL).
Does Alice Tan Ridley’s superstar daughter give her an unfair advantage?
Perhaps being Gabourey Sidibe’s mother will make Alice Tan Ridley stand out more than other contestants, but the woman obviously deserves to be on the show (check out here singing ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ here; it would be the perfect song for ‘America’s Got Talent’ since it’s about chasing big dreams). She recently told RadarOnline that she was pleased with her taped performance in front of a packed house and the judges, Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, and newcomer Howie Mandel, and her incredible talent could have her on her way to winning the $1 million prize.
The Next Susan Boyle?
It seems fairly obvious that the producers of ‘America’s Got Talent’ want to turn Alice Tan Ridley into the next Susan Boyle, by using her story and her talent to catapult her into superstardom. She’s going to be incredibly hard to beat, and might want to get ready to deal with the big life change full of attention, traveling, and busy schedules that Susan Boyle seems to be having a tough time coping with.
However, the subway singer seems like a strong woman that can handle anything that life throws at her, and her name might become just as well-known as that of her Oscar-nominated daughter’s very soon when ‘America’s Got Talent’ airs on June 1.