Will this ‘small-town girl from Utah’ make it to the ‘AGT’ finale?

Kenadi Dodds performs in the semifinal round of “America’s Got Talent.” The singer will find out on Wednesday if she makes it through to the finale. | Chris Haston, NBC

‘Being a small-town girl from Utah, it’s not something most people my age dream about,’ Kenadi told ‘AGT’ host Terry Crews after singing in the semifinals. ‘So the fact that I’m here is just amazing and a blessing in itself.’

SALT LAKE CITY — Kenadi Dodds had a hard time impressing Howie Mandel the last time she performed on “America’s Got Talent.”

“I have to be honest that that song didn’t do it for me personally,” Mandel told the 15-year-old country singer after hearing one of her original songs during the quarterfinals.

But Tuesday night was a different story.

Prior to singing in the semifinals, Kenadi told the Deseret News: “I know what kind of songs Howie likes, and I’ve got things up my sleeve.”

Rather than showcasing an original song, the singer from Logan sat at a piano and sang Thomas Rhett’s “Be a Light” for the semifinals. And Mandel loved it.

“For me, this performance was a huge step up, it really was,” he said. “And I think strategically picking a song that is already a great song, and you adding yourself to it. You were beautiful, you sounded beautiful, and you just made America’s job a little tougher.”

“AGT” judge Sofia Vergara also said she liked Kenadi’s performance better this time around, telling the young singer that she sang “like a confident pop star.”

While Heidi Klum enjoyed Kenadi’s act, the judge noted there’s a lot of young singers in this year’s competition — Tuesday night’s semifinal episode alone had four singers. Only five acts from the night will move on to the show’s final round.

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