After winning La Voz Kids in 2014, singer Amanda Mena had her sights set on ‘AGT.’ The 15-year-old overcame bullying in school to follow her dreams of becoming a singer. Check out her stunning season 13 audition below.
Amanda Mena Shared Her Bullying Story On ‘AGT’
Amanda opened up before her performance about how life in America was hard for her to navigate at first. Her family picked up and moved to the Dominican Republic when she was just a baby. They lived there for four years before returning to America. She was bullied a lot because she did not know English and she did not look like everyone else. But being on ‘AGT’ was her time to show the bullies that they were not going to get her down. For her audition, she sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” which had everyone up on their feet. “Wow I am just blown away,” Heidi Klum said after the performance. “You have a beautiful voice and you’re a beautiful girl.”
“Well I have to say, you sang ‘Natural Women,’ well you are a supernatural talent,” Howie Mandel said. “Do you know what you have Amanda?” Simon asked. “You have a genuinely natural soul.” He went on to say that it was an audition that everyone “will remember for a long time.”
Mel B was also blown away by the performance and had goosebumps all over her body. “I love you, I love your voice, and this is what I’m going to say to all of those bullies,” she said before hitting the Golden Buzzer. This sent Amanda straight to the Quarterfinals where she sang “What About Us” by P!nk in both English and Spanish. “Getting the Golden Buzzer for me meant a new opportunity to share my talent with people all around the world while proving the message that anything is possible,” she told us exclusively. She was later eliminated in the Semi-finals.
Amanda is just one of the many awesome kids that we have seen shine on ‘AGT’ in all of its seasons. Check out the video below where we count down eight of the best kid auditions ever on ‘Got Talent’ shows. Like Amanda, all of these kids definitely came to win and were nothing short of adorable.
Where Is She Now?
After appearing on ‘AGT,’ the world was hooked on Amanda’s powerful voice. She debuted her first single “Cartagena” in the summer of 2019. It was part of a five-song EP. She also got to perform a medley with Queen Latifah at the Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on the Charles River Esplanade. She continues to post her original music and videos on Youtube where she has 25,000 subscribers. The music video for her song “Soy Latina” has over 1.1 million views.
She recently just sang the National Anthem for the New England Patriots on the opening day of the 2020 NFL season. “My life has changed tremendously since AGT, the show offered such an amazing platform that open up numerous doors for me,” she told us. “It was was a once in a lifetime experience and it’s something that I’ll always be grateful to have been a part of.”
Amanda has also become quite the TikTok star showing everyone how she continues to slay with both her natural beauty and her insane makeup skills.
She just released her song called “Non-Fiction” which you can check out on YouTube and all streaming platforms. “My latest release ‘Non-Fiction’ was a song I wrote years ago but never released,” she said. “It expresses all the emotions I’ve felt during my music career and life in general. There can be discrimination in the entertainment world and ‘Non-Fiction’ depicts my emotional journey and how I overcame.”
What did you think of Amanda’s America’s Got Talent audition?