Though each judge typically gets one chance to smash the coveted buzzer and send an act straight to the live shows, 9-year-old singer Victory Brinker delivered a performance during Tuesday’s episode that warranted a rule change.
Though Brinker admitted feeling “exnervous” (excited plus nervous), the young contestant, hailing from Pennsylvania, was all smiles as she strutted onto the “AGT” stage. When judge Simon Cowell asked what she would do with the $1 million grand prize, Brinker offered a simple answer: buy Cowell “a rainbow shirt that has glitter on it.”
“You need some color,” she told the judge, noting his somber, monochromatic wardrobe.
When it was time for her to perform, Brinker broke into a soaring opera number, stunning the judges with her controlled voice and impressive range.
And it wasn’t just judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofía Vergara and Cowell who seemed impressed with Brinker. After her performance, a bird that had been flying around the studio glided down to the stage and landed on a box next to the contestant in true Disney-princess fashion.
“That is pretty incredible,” Klum said. “That is a sign.”
Mandel called Brinker’s voice “angelic,” while Vergara noted the contestant is “a star.” But Cowell was coy with his feedback, commending Brinker for going through with her audition before asking to speak with host Terry Crews privately.