It would be nice, I guess, if "...maturity, confidence and talent..." were the only things that get votes (in talent contests or political ones), but research has proved this not to be the case. We don't even use those criteria to consider the candidates half the time (hence the number of people who think Donald Trump for President is a good idea). So it's anyone's guess at this point.
But I have to say any 16-yr.-old girl who can handle the kind of intensity that AI offers without her head exploding (literally, blowing up) has my admiration. And if she happens to drop by Good Dog on Frazier Ave. on Friday night (where I'll be performing with a couple of very talented friends) she can have my mic as well. For as long as she wants to use it. And she can cry the whole time, I don't care; that's what 16-yr.-old girls DO! Sixteen! What a future this girl has!