Allyson Brooke Hernandez (born July 7, 1993), commonly referred to as Ally Brooke, is the eldest member of Fifth Harmony. She auditioned for The X-Factor in Austin, Texas, not far from her hometown of San Antonio.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Ally was a premature baby, weighing in at 1 pound and 4 ounces when she was born. Because she came out screaming, which was unusual for prematures, Ally's dad knew she was meant to sing. Ally is Mexican-American. She absolutely loves to sing, God, and people as well. Her biggest influence is Tejano music legend Selena, saying: "She is my favorite artist of all time. Loved her so much." "What I liked was his sweet spirit, cheerful personality." She also mentioned that she wants to have a perfume line and clothing coming out soon. Ally is the oldest of the group but the smallest one (Little Big Sister). A couple of days after Ally's grandfather passed away, the girls dedicated their performance to her grandfather with the song What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) by Kelly Clarkson.
Ally Brooke auditioned for The X-Factor in Austin, Texas. She sang the song "On My Knees" by Jaci Velasquez. After the music stopped, Ally kept on singing. She was negatively noticed for this. L.A. Reid stated that she had a special voice and that she impressed him. Demi Lovato said that her voice blew her away, for it was special and beautiful. Britney Spears was surprised and thought Brooke's voice had a theatrical dynamic. Simon Cowell believed that they were looking at a future star and that she has incredible talent. She obtained yeses from all four judges, therefore putting her through to bootcamp.
Brooke sang Somebody That I Used To Know during the first round of bootcamp. On her second bootcamp, she sung the song Knockin On Heaven's Door with Julia Bullock. She was later eliminated from the competition. She later said that she guessed she wasn't what the judges were looking for. The judges later brought her back to the stage, along with many other acts, to be placed in a new girl group.
Once put in the group, Ally and the girls worked hard to show that they belonged on the show. They took on songs that allowed them to showcase their vocal abilities, but before they were to perform two songs("Set Fire to The Rain" by Adele and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson), Ally received word that her grandfather had passed away. The group's performance of the Kelly Clarkson song was dedicated in memory of her grandfather. Ally left for Texas to attend his funeral but returned to Los Angeles in time to perform with Fifth Harmony. She received support not just from her groupmates and their fans but also from the group's mentor Simon Cowell