We first met 10-year-old Canadian Roberta Battaglia on season 15 of America’s Got Talent. She immediately became a frontrunner of the competition after receiving Sofia Vergara’s first-ever Golden Buzzer. Relive her magical ‘AGT’ audition singing “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper below.
Roberta Battaglia Earned Sofia Vergara’s Golden Buzzer On ‘AGT’
Roberta hilariously said that if she won $1 million she would give her dog a little girlfriend. The judges immediately fell in love with her sweet personality and were completely shocked to hear such a mature voice come from her. Roberta burst into tears after singing at her audition. Howie Mandel said the moment was “unbelievable.” She opened up about being bullied, but Simon Cowell gave her some good advice.
“There’s one way you win over bullies,” he said. “It’s by being happy and successful. Bullies are always threatened by talented people so in a weird way it’s a compliment. It shows your strength that you’ve come all the way from Canada to be here and we are honored to have you as our guest.”
Sofia also sang Roberta’s praises and said that nobody would bully her any longer. Sofia topped off the incredible performance by hitting her first-ever Golden Buzzer. Roberta was ecstatic to be going through to the Live Shows. She sang Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” in the Quarterfinals and received rave reviews from guest judge Kelly Clarkson. This sent her to the Semi-Finals where she got a standing ovation from the judges.
She made it all the way to the Finals where she put on another stunning performance, this time taking on Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful.” On finale night, she got to sing “If The World Was Ending” with fellow contestant Kenadi Dodds and musical guests JP Saxe and Julia Michaels. Roberta finished the competition in fourth place.
If you are a huge fan of Roberta, check out the What’s Hot Video below where host Mriganka takes a deep dive into 10 facts about her. Learn about everything from how she got her start in singing and who her musical inspirations are.
What Has She Been Up To Since Competing On The Show?
Roberta spoke to Talent Recap exclusively to reflect on her unforgettable journey on ‘AGT.’ “As a child, I remember watching the program with my parents and saying…’I’m going there one day.’ Mom would always say ‘ok, practice hard, work hard at your dream and maybe one day it will come true'” she told us. “For me being on ‘AGT’ is a dream come true.”
“When I saw Sofia get out of her chair and press that Golden Buzzer…well I felt so happy” she continued about the magical audition. “At first I was like OMG!! Is this really happening to me? Then turned to mom and saw her face and YES!! It was happening, confetti raining down, mom running towards me and she gave me the biggest hug. I looked up at her and said..Mommy my dream is coming true, I’m in the finals of ‘AGT.'”
Roberta also told us that sharing her bullying story on the show has helped other children around the world going through the same thing. “A mother reached out to my mom and I saying how I was an inspiration for all children,” she said. “Children that were bullied reached out to me. Moms saying that their children abandoned music and after seeing my performances now they are studying music again.” Plus, Roberta wants her fans to know that she loves staying in contact with you all. She encourages fans to message her over on her Instagram @robertab.official and her Twitter account @RobertaBSinger. Share your stories with her!
What’s Next For ‘AGT’ Finalist Roberta Battaglia?
Of course we are eager to hear Roberta release some original music. “I hope to continue, my next big dream is to sing at the Super Bowl halftime show” she told us. She continued on to say that she would “like to work on an album with a great producer..maybe a label.” Someone get Simon on the line to hook Roberta up with a deal!
“I’m having fun right now with everything and being on ‘AGT’ was one amazing journey” she added. “It opened many wonderful opportunities and hope that one day I can help many people with my music.”