Last night marked the premiere of season 11 of America's Got Talent, with show creator Simon Cowell joining the judging panel. As anyone who watched American Idol's early days will know, Simon doesn't sugar-coat his opinions, so auditioning in front of him would be a nerve-racking experience for just about anyone, let alone someone as young as 13.
Laura Bretan, however, didn't let nerves get the best of her as she stepped in front of the microphone to share her talent with the judges and audience. The last thing anyone present — or indeed anyone watching from home — expected to hear from Laura was an emotional and arresting opera performance. But that's what she delivered, and it was beautiful.
Laura earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the judges. "That didn't just happen," Simon marveled when it came time to give feedback. He added, "I have never heard anything like that in all the years I've been doing this show."
But it was Mel B who really showed her appreciation for Laura's talent, by pressing the golden buzzer and sending her through to the next round. "I'm gonna change your life right now," she said before slamming the button and sending confetti onto the stage.