Child singer Emanne Beasha, who lives in the Sarasota County city of North port, said her friends cheered her on. "America’s Got Talent"
Child singer Emanne Beasha, who lives in the Sarasota County city of North port, said her friends cheered her on.
“America’s Got Talent” airs on NBC at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Info: nbc.com/americas-got-talent
Ten-year-old Sarasota County resident Emanne Beasha’s rendition of Giacomo Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” on “America’s Got Talent” was met with a misty-eyed standing ovation. Her performance granted a “yes” from all four judges on the NBC talent show.
“How does that voice come out of that little body? Wow,” said Julianne Hough.
In a phone interview with the Herald-Tribune, Emanne said she enjoyed her experience filming “America’s Got Talent” in Los Angeles.
“It’s fun, it’s a nice experience and I love doing it,” Emanne said. “I just like meeting all the people and filming and stuff like that.”
Emanne and her mother added that they did, however, find Los Angeles to a bit chillier than North Port, where they live. Even in late June.
The show returns Tuesday with when the quarterfinals commence. On Wednesday, the acts from the previous night’s show learn who will move on to the semi-final round of competition. Viewers will also have one last chance to send their favorite performer to the next round.
Emanne, who has already won “Arabs Got Talent,” said that all of the judges were kind to her, including Howie Mandel — who Emanne said was funny — and Simon Cowell, who is routinely portrayed as a grumpy cynic.
“I mean, it’s just that he’s straightforward with everybody,” Emanne said. “He’s not a mean person, at least that’s what I think.”
Her friends have been supportive, too. At Emanne’s art summer camp, fellow campers crafted a large sign cheering her on. Her fellow athletes in her swim class said they wanted to go watch her perform.
“We’re super excited to be part of this and thankful for the opportunity,” Emanne’s mother, Megan, said.
Emanne mentioned that her operatic idols include Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas. She explained that Callas is one of her favorites because she performs her music instead of just singing it. Emanne added that Callas can convey a song’s message even to people who don’t know the words.
When she grows up, Emanne would like to have two jobs. She said she wants to be a popera star — someone who incorporates both pop and opera in their artistic work — and a veterinarian.
“I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian because I love animals, even though I’m allergic to them,” she said.