America’s Got Talent has discovered something Romanian Pentecostals have known for years: Laura Bretan can sing! On last week’s pre-taped “Auditions Week One” show, judges—including Simon Cowell—gave the 13-year-old two standing ovations and the first Golden Buzzer of the amateur talent show’s 11th season. They were wowed. “You are born with such a gift,” judge Heidi Klum raved after Laura performed a flawless rendition of “Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep),” from the final act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot. Yes, she sings opera.
Bad-guy judge Cowell was flummoxed and bowled over: “I have never heard anything like that in all the years I have been doing this show. Seriously. It was unbelievable. What made it better is the fact that you are such a sweet person. So humble. Not even aware of how amazing you are. Thank you so much for coming on this show. That was really special, amazing.” FULL REPORT