Sophie Pecora is just 15 and admittedly awkward in social situations. On Tuesday night, she broke hearts around America.
As NBC’s America’s Got Talent stage kicked off its 14th season, the California native dropped in and created a special moment with her own, emotional composition, “7th Grade.”
At the top of her performance, Pecora spoke of how she was “a little shy and quiet” growing up and insecure in the tricky business of making friends. So she started connecting with the world by uploading her own videos to YouTube and, in time, her own compositions.
One of those is “7th Grade,” a song about her own battles with bullying. As she stepped into the spotlight, she admitted to being “really excited, nervous as crazy,” then hit her strides with the opening line, “I was torn down in the seventh grade, all the things people used to say.”
Pecora’s big dream? To tour the world, singing her own songs. She’s hoping AGT could help get her there. The judges loved what they saw. “You’ve a special gift, you held us all captive,” enthused Gabrielle Union. Howie Mandel said the youngster’s performance was “really unique,” “real” and “wonderful.”
Simon Cowell was moved by what he saw. “So, obviously it was a very, very emotional song. You were telling something from the heart, and I could feel how much this means to you,” he remarked. “And you have this delivery which is really cool. I like you a lot.”
When it came to voting, all four judges gave a resounding “yes.” Watch below.