In the words of Heidi Klum: “Mariah better watch out.”
On Tuesday’s (June 1) season 16 premiere of America’s Got Talent, 10-year-old Peter Rosalita followed in the show’s grand tradition of little kids with giant voices as he nailed his high notes on Eric Carmen‘s “All By Myself.” He started the song out in his lower register, but by the time he hit the chorus a second time, Rosalita was hitting octaves that would give Celine Dion a run for her money.
Rosalita — who is Filipino and was born in the United Arab Emirates — stunned the judges with both his vocal talents and his bubbly demeanor, with Howie Mandel saying, “I predict you’re going to go far in this competition.”
Especially surprising was the typically crusty Simon Cowell’s warm response to the young singer. “That was an incredible audition,” Cowell said. “There were parts during that audition that literally gave me goosebumps. You have an amazing voice, an amazing personality, an amazing energy. Everyone is going to fall in love with you after this audition.”
“I think America’s gonna love you,” new judge Sofia Vergara agreed, with Cowell countering, “I think the world’s gonna love him.”
We won’t give away how the judges voted (though you can probably guess). Watch Rosalita’s blockbuster performance for yourself below. America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
“All By Myself” was a No. 2 hit for Carmen in 1976 on the Billboard Hot 100 and a No. 4 hit just over 20 years later, in 1997, for Dion.