On Tuesday’s season 11 premiere of “Americas Got Talent,” Mel B pressed her golden buzzer to send 13-year-old opera singer Laura Bretan straight through to the live shows. Above, watch this softly-spoken Chicago native win over the judges and the audience with her rendition of the aria “Nessun dorma” from Giacomo Puccini‘s”Turandot” after admitting she was nervous about singing in front of such a large crowd.
Following her performance, which merited a standing ovation, Heidi Klum reassured her, “You are born with such a gift. It is unbelievable. I could not stop smiling. You put me in the best mood. Wow. Loved it.”
Simon Cowell, who is new to the judges’ table this season, was left awe-struck by this teen singing sensation. “That didn’t just happen. Honest to god, you came out like a jelly. I didn’t think you’d be able to talk. I have never heard anything like that in all the years that I’ve been doing this show.”
And Mel B prefaced her pushing of the golden buzzer thus: “You literally made all my hairs stand up on end. And you’re only 13. This show is going to completely change your life, and I’m gonna change your life right now.” After recovering from the shock of having a sure shot at the million dollar prize , Bretan said simply, “This has been a dream come true.”