10-year-old girl wins Jay Leno’s golden buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

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Emanne Beasha, a 10-year-old girl Jordanian girl living in Florida, might have felt some nerves before she took the “America’s Got Talent” stage for the Judges Cut portion of the competition. She chose the classic opera solo “Caruso,” which Emanne said was “the hardest song” that she’s ever performed.

However, singing with a voice with far more maturity than her young age, Beasha wowed the crowds watching and all the “America’s Got Talent” judges as well. Her notes simply soared with the confidence of a highly-trained opera diva.

For guest judge and comedian Jay Leno, Emanne was exactly the kind of talent he hoped to see during his appearance on the show. Leno admitted to People.com that he was nervous about judging other people’s talent.

“So when they asked me to do ‘AGT,’ I thought, ‘Oh that would be fun!’,” he said. “I worried a bit, how I would handle it if an act wasn’t very good, what would I say?”

Leno had no problems recognizing Emanne’s singing talent and made a decision that likely changed the young girl’s life.

“I feel at some point of my career, people will say, ‘What do you remember most?'” Leno said to Emanne, who stood on the stage after her performance. “I remember hitting the golden buzzer.”

By hitting the golden buzzer, Leno automatically put Emanne into the live finals of the competition.


After the show, Leno continued to rave about the young singing sensation’s talent.

“Emanne was amazing,” Leno told People.com. “It’s just fascinating to me to see young performers at this point in their careers who are so excited and just relying on their own raw talent.”

Emanne isn’t entirely new to performing on big stages. In 2017, at the young age of 8, she won the fifth season of “Arabs Got Talent” with her operatic voice. Now, she’s well on her way to winning the hearts of America.

Even typically-grouchy Simon Cowell was enchanted.

“To have a voice like this is not something you can train to get, it genuinely is a gift,” Cowell told the singer, according to USA Today.

For her part, Emanne took to social media to thank the judges and her fans after her memorable audition.

Emanne returns to stage for the live “America’s Got Talent” season 14 shows on NBC beginning on August 13.

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