NBC’s America’s Got Talent is currently airing auditions for its 15th season, and one particular audition shocked judges Simon Cowell, Sophia Vergara, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandell. The audition was that of a 10-year-old girl named Roberta Battaglia from Toronto, Canada, who, despite her young age, belted out a flawless version of “Shallow” by Lady Gaga. The performance got the audience on their feet immediately and left the judges in awe. After she sang, the judges commended Battaglia on her performance, and when asked by Cowell about her friends, she revealed that she has experienced bullying.
“We hear this, unfortunately, a lot,” Cowell told her. “There’s one way you win over bullies, by being happy and successful. You know that. Bullies are always threatened about talented people, so in a weird way it’s a compliment, and it shows your strength that you’ve come all the way from Canada to be here, and we are honored to have you as our guest.”
Vergara then gave Battagia the ultimate compliment by pushing the golden buzzer, which will send her straight into the live shows. “Let’s see who is going to bully you after this,” she said before hitting the buzzer, as golden confetti rained down on Battaglia.
Since the release of A Star is Born, “Shallow” has become a staple cover song for artists around the world. In addition to the 10-year-old’s cover, Danielle Bradbery recorded a version of the song with rising star Parker McCollum while Jimmie Allen and Abby Anderson joined forces on their own cover.
Filming for season 15 of America’s Got Talent had to be stalled in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the show has resumed filming this summer. According to Deadline, the rest of the show is being filmed at an outdoor venue rather than the usual indoor theater. The judges will be arriving in separate vehicles and will sit six feet away from one another. There will also only be on Judge Cuts episode this season, airing on July 28th. Live shows will begin airing on August 11th.