Victory Brinker blew away the America’s Got Talent competition with her performance of “Casta Diva” during the second round of quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The 9-year-old Pennsylvania-based opera singer stunned the judges once more with her cover of the soprano prayer from the Italian opera Norma, as virtual pink rose petals that matched the ones on Brinker’s dress blew away on the screen behind her.
She made history on the singing competition series last month when she received the first five-person golden buzzer from all four judges and host Terry Crews.
While Simon Cowell admitted he wasn’t as familiar with classical music, he is familiar with helping artists have their big break — and he paid Brinker one of the biggest compliments of the evening.
“I do remember many years ago, on another show, an artist called Carrie Underwood came on and auditioned for me, and I said, ‘You’re going to sell millions and millions of records.’ And I was right,” he said, recalling his American Idol days. “I’m going to make a prediction: You’re going to be one of the biggest stars to emerge from one of these shows. Because you have a unique, special talent, and I think you are incredible.”
Victory Brinker might be, well, on the brink of victory.
Watch her performance of “Casta Diva” below.