TORONTO — When 10-year-old Roberta Battaglia auditioned in front of millions on “America’s Got Talent,” she knew she was jumping off the deep end.
What she didn’t know was how her journey would wind up.
On Tuesday’s pre-taped episode, the young singer from Brampton, Ont. fought off nerves and delivered a powerful performance of “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper that led to a standing ovation from the audience and a “golden buzzer” from Sofia Vergara, one of the judges. The golden buzzer gives Battaglia a direct berth into the semifinals.
“The reaction is just amazing,” she told CTV News. “I love it.”
Before the performance began, the Grade 5 student needed a moment to compose herself and take a sip of water from the show’s host Terry Crews. Still, Gabriella Battaglia, Roberta’s mother, believes her daughter handled the situation better than she did.