Gabriella Laberge and Simon Cowell on America's Got Talent 2021

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”.

What do you think of Gabriella’s audition? Can she make the live shows? Let us know below.

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Sot
Sot
2 months ago

I have said before that Got Talent is staged, so the audience would definitely not do a standing ovation for this. The girl is amazing, she has attitude and a unique voice which could make France skyrocket in a real contest, yet I’m sure it is nothing new to the audience…

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Don’t get your point….

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

I don’t even remember her in the French selection show. A good voice is not enough if you don’t have a great song.

This Simon Cowell show is a big scam, they just use the contestants, add a lot of drama and personal stories and after the end of the show, the contestants disappear and there is no support. Some of them might go viral but they don’t enjoy career longevity.

Wasn’t Glennis Grace there but nothing changed in her career?

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

And ? Let this girl shining and having her momentum, what’s the problem? You don’t remember her but a lot of people already know her thanks to the Voice and DE. Wiwibloggs can’t talk about only Maneskin every day sorry for you, other people exist you know.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago

I would have loved and I would love to see her representing France in Esc, she’s pure class, she is talented so much it’s insane, a pure artist, a pure musician, an angelic and so good and interesting voice and already international thanks to her roots. Total package.
I hope she will be among the 36 finalists, she deserves it, and her performance on youtube is very popular so let’s see, fingers crossed.
For me Gabriella with a killer song could be a potential esc winner, she has everything already.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

America’s Got Talent has become officially a hodgepodge of international talent that have already trended on YouTube from other reality shows and the producers fly them to the states to appear on the show

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Unrelated, but I hope we get some kind of tribute to the late Curt-Eric Holmquist.

DonutLover
DonutLover
2 months ago

I wish her good luck!
I really loved her back in DE!

Charles the III
Charles the III
2 months ago

I hate that Simon Cowell is considered some kind of a culture Czar. He’s a 2000 decade persona, and enough is enough. He’s made his money out of shattering people’s dreams, really

Last edited 2 months ago by Charles the III
prinpoleon
prinpoleon
2 months ago

the song was really anoying back in 2019, overrated for me, but she proved this time she is talented.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Should’ve played violin during DE. Violins at Eurovision are almost always a success.

Mexican eurofan
Mexican eurofan
2 months ago

Damn her song was SO good and catchy, and still remember her bright attitude on stage. Still think she was robbed for not passing to the final of DE 🙁

T.J.
T.J.
2 months ago

She‘s a lovely person but frankly I don‘t remember her song being a „firm fan favorite“…

Jake
Jake
2 months ago
Reply to  T.J.

I remember people were expecting it to get into the final though.