Is Gabourey Sidibe's Mom the Next Susan Boyle?

The Oscar nominee's musically-inclined mother is hoping to nab a spot on NBC's America's Got Talent

Gabourey Sidibe's overnight transformation from working-class Harlem teen to Oscar-nominated actress has inspired dreamers everywhere -- including Sidibe's own mother. Alice Tan Ripley, an R&B singer who makes her living singing in New York City subway stations, has just auditioned for the NBC reality-show competition America's Got Talent. Although she doesn't know if she made the cut, Ripley believes she's got a fighting chance at the million-dollar grand prize.

"The judges knew who I was, and the audience really supported me, so I think that I can make it through to the next stage," the singer told RadarOnline. "I've been told not to say too much though... I better not say anything else in case I get in trouble!"

According to Radar's sources, producers of America's Got Talent are hoping that Ripley will become the American version of Susan Boyle, who traded her humble beginnings for a successful singing career on Britain's Got Talent. There are a few differences: Ripley already has a fan following. She's also had brushes with fame: she claims she was offered the role of the mother in Precious (ultimately played by Mo'Nique) before passing the script on to her daughter. And unlike Boyle, Ripley is already a professional singer -- people just don't see her perform without swiping a subway pass first.

If she's half as charming as her daughter, we'll be rooting for her. Check out a clip of Ripley's subway crooning below. We think she's got the pipes to win -- but it's really up to Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, new judge Howie Mandel and the viewers at home. The fifth season of America's Got Talent premieres on June 1.

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