"America's Got Talent" judge Mel B made the first golden buzzer selection of season 11 last week after 13-year-old opera singer Laura Bretan wowed the audience.
“My mom always liked to sing,” Laura said nervously to the judges before her performance. “She saw that I liked it too, so she helped me practice and pick out the songs, and here I am.”
Laura, originally from Romania, brought some audience members to tears and received nothing but positive feedback from the judges.
“I have never heard anything like that in all the years I’ve been doing this show. It was unbelievable,” said Simon Cowell, a judge and executive producer of "America’s Got Talent."
Mel B told Laura that the show was going to “completely change her life” as she pushed the golden buzzer, sending Laura straight to the live portion of the competition.
A YouTube video of Laura's performance has been viewed more than 8 million times since it was posted May 31.
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Kelsey Schwab writes for the Faith and Family sections of DeseretNews.com