Makayla Phillips may have been the last act to perform on the July 10 episode of “America’s Got Talent” but she was the first (and only) one to get the golden buzzer, which sent her straight through to the live shows. Before performing the Demi Lovato hit “Warrior,” this soft-spoken 15-year-old girl admitted she was nervous, having watched every season of “AGT.” (Watch her audition video above.)
But when she sang, all trace of nerves was gone. Phillips sounds like a singer who has been performing for years. Her confidence even overwhelmed head judge Simon Cowell, who was grinning throughout her show-stopping number which ended with the crowd giving her a standing ovation.
Before any of the judges could vote, Heidi Klum slammed down the Golden Buzzer, which means Phillips skips the judges cuts phase of the competition and is guaranteed a slot in the live shows in Hollywood. As Klum declared, “I think you’re absolutely incredible. I love the whole package. I love your smile. I love how you project to everyone.”
A confident Klum then took to the stage to hug and kiss Phillips. After congratulating her new discovery, she turned to her rival judges — Cowell, Mel B and Howie Mandel — and boasted, “I think I just found the winner.”