Seventeen-year-old Morgan Higgins is one of the youngest performers in the competition. The normally shy San Clemente, California, native says singing allows her to let go and truly be herself. She earned 79 percent with her performance of Heart’s “Alone.” Paisley thought Morgan was a talented singer, but gave her a “no” due to her lack of confidence. Kesha disagreed, commenting that she saw a little bit of herself in the singer and believed in her. Ludacris thought the performance started out slow, but picked up towards the end and gave the young singer a “yes.”
To recap: Dana Williams, Audrey Kate Geiger, Gabrielle Nicole, Karen Hornsby and Morgan Higgins all advanced to the next round. Cliff Cody, Skye Griffin, the four-man singing group Unselfish, the duo OhMG and the trio TX3 all failed to earn the 70 percent in "yes" votes needed to raise the wall and advance.
The singing triplets who call themselves TX3 received the lowest score on both coasts -- 22 percent during the live East Coast show and 25 percent on the West Coast broadcast. Still, Kesha voted for them, but just so she could see them take their shirts off, which they do sometimes while performing. Backstage, after the show, the members told ABC News Radio they thought about going shirtless, but weren't sure it was allowed.
Kesha voted "yes" for nine of the ten acts that performed Sunday. Ludacris told ABC News Radio backstage that he believes Kesha "is identifying with other things besides just the talent that's on stage." The evening also included Paisley performing his new song “River Bank.” "Rising Star" continues next Sunday on ABC.