Roberta Battaglia is a 10-year-old girl with big dreams and a loud voice, who impressed the audience of America’s Got Talent during the second episode’s audition. The Toronto-based singer stirred the judges, including Sofia Vergara with her performance of Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper . But Roberta had to muster up some courage to start singing as she seemed really nervous going up on the stage. She also shared to the actress, “Let me just say, I love you and I watch you on Modern Family. I just adore you.”
The young Canadian admitted she gets her talent from her dad who works as an engineer at a local radio station. “I just work for one of the airlines. I can’t sing,“ mentioned Roberta’s mom on the show.
The 10-year-old girl confessed it has always been a dream of hers to be on AGT, “When I was little I would just watch it, ‘Oh my Gosh mom I wanna be there one day!’ and here I am now.” Roberta’s mom is not only a big supporter of her daughter’s dream but understands criticism is necessary to push harder in the music industry. “I might only be 10 years old, but I have big dreams,” Roberta added.
As she stepped nervously onto the stage, the judges were really surprised to realize her age. “Just close your eyes and listen to her,” said Simon Cowell to Sofia while Roberta began performing.
After her marvelous solo, the four judges praised her as Roberta burst into tears. “Your talent is unbelievable; your age is unbelievable; this moment is unbelievable,” commented Howie Mandel.
Heidi Klum even acknowledged that Roberta is the same age as her daughter Lou to her co-host Sofia but admitted she would never get up on stage. Both women agreed how amazing she is with the Colombian actress stating, “It’s so beautiful.”
As the contestant remained on stage, she revealed to the panel that she has been bullied. “You win bullies by being happy and successful,” shared Simon. With AGT’s newest judge adding, “And you know what? Let’s see who is going to bully you after this!” Sofia added as she slammed down the Golden Buzzer and then raced to the stage to hug Roberta. A dream come true indeed, and we hope this girl’s dream continues to connect audiences worldwide.