Karen Hornsby Makes Kesha Cry on Rising Star — Did Sob Story Get Her Through?

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By Shari Weiss



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Karen Hornsby made Kesha cry on Sunday’s “Rising Star,” but it didn’t seem to be because of her voice.

The mom shared the story of her 2-year-old daughter getting brain cancer in 2005, leaving her blind and unable to speak.

Hornsby went on to dedicate her performance of “To Love You More” to her daughter, and received 82 percent yes votes — more than the 70 required to make it to the next round.

Kesha told her through tears afterward, “Your voice is amazing but you’re such a good mom. I just voted yes because I love you.”

Ludacris and Brad Paisley, who joined Kesha in a standing ovation, also commended Hornsby’s personal journey.

“I feel like you’re coming from a place like there’s so much pain and there’s so much that wants it,” Ludcaris told Hornsby, “that I felt like I voted yes because you wanna be free.”

The comments left some Twitter watchers wondering if it was talent that truly earned her the vote, especially as the experts’ yesses combined accounted for more than 20 percent of the final tally.

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