10-year-old Toronto singer gets standing ovation on America’s Got Talent

CBC Kids News • Published 2020-06-10 15:33

Singer is buzzing after getting golden buzzer

At three years old, Toronto’s Roberta Battaglia was singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with her dad at restaurant gigs.

Now, she’s singing to the world.

On last week’s episode of America’s Got Talent, the 10-year-old vocal powerhouse became one of the youngest contestants in history to receive the show’s golden buzzer.

It’s a perk reserved only for the show’s most talented contestants, and sends them straight to the semi-final round.

Roberta’s golden buzzer moment was taped prior to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles. (America’s Got Talent/YouTube).

“I might only be 10 years old but I have big dreams,” Roberta said before getting on stage.

After shaking off some nerves, she delivered a rendition of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Shallow, bringing the crowd and judges to their feet for a standing ovation.

“Your talent is unbelievable. Your age is unbelievable. This moment is unbelievable,” said Canadian judge Howie Mandel.

Judge Sofía Vergara then made a powerful statement after Roberta told the judges that she sometimes gets bullied.

“You know what? Let’s see who’s going to bully you after this.”

Vergara then slammed the golden buzzer, sending streams of confetti onto the stage.

Sofía Vergara went on stage to hug Roberta after giving her the golden buzzer, a power she can only use once per season. (America’s Got Talent/YouTube).

“When I got the golden buzzer, oh my God, I was feeling so excited to go to the live shows and I was bursting with happiness and tears,” Roberta told CBC Kids News.

‘A family of music’

The first thing Roberta did after her audition was call her dad, who taught her to sing and whom  she’s been performing with since she was a kid.

In fact, he’s not the only musical one in the family.

“All of my family loves music. My grandfather was a music professor, my dad plays the keyboard and saxophone and sings, so I followed in his footsteps. We’re just a family of music.”

Roberta said that the hardest part about the coronavirus pandemic has been being away from her extended family because she misses playing music with them.

Despite this, she’s been practising every day to prepare for the live shows in September. If she wins, she’ll take home a cool $1 million.

For now, Roberta shared some of her favourite things with CBC Kids News. Check it out!


TOP PHOTO: (America’s Got Talent/YouTube)

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