It’s possibly the world’s biggest TV talent show. And on Tuesday night, America’s Got Talent viewers were treated to a performance from someone who will be familiar to many Eurovision fans — Gabriella Laberge. The French-Canadian songstress competed in France’s Destination Eurovision back in 2019.
Gabriella Laberge on America’s Got Talent
Laberge’s audition is preceded by a short VT in which she tells us a little about her motivations. “This is the opportunity of my life”, she says, “to chase my biggest dream which is doing music for the rest of my life”. The Quebec-born artist then takes to the stage with her violin. She begins with a delicate solo. Three of the judges watch enthralled — comedian Howie Mandell, Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and supermodel Heidi Klum. However, Simon Cowell’s attention begins to drift and his hand hovers above the dreaded red buzzer button.
And then, plot twist! Gabriella begins to sing. Cowell immediately withdraws his hand as she launches into a reworked version of James Blunt’s 2000s smash “Goodbye My Lover”. Her “angelic” rendition earns her a standing ovation from everyone in the auditorium, including Cowell himself. The judges unanimously send her through to the next stage.
We’ll have to wait a little while before we discover Gabriella’s AGT fate. She appeared in episode eight, the last round of auditions. Over the course of that show and the seven previous episodes, the panel said “yes” to over 150 acts. However, there is only room for 36 acts in the live shows. The series is now taking a three-week break for the Olympics. The chosen finalists will only be revealed upon its return.
Gabriella Laberge on Destination Eurovision 2019
In 2019, Gabriella was one of 18 acts to compete in the second season of France’s Destination Eurovision. Despite her song “On cherche encore (Never Get Enough)” being a firm fan favourite, she was eliminated in the semi-final stage. Bilal Hassani ended up winning the selection with “Roi”.
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