America’s Got Talent Top Five finalist Roberta Battaglia can finally take a break.
After a swirling summer that saw the 11-year-old singer rise to the top contender category for one of North America’s most popular TV competitions, Battaglia is still on Cloud Nine after arriving. this closure to win everything.
“Oh my God, this experience has been so amazing! Battaglia gushed, returning home to Vaughan last week.
“And it was very unforgettable. I am very grateful for this experience. And I can’t believe it happened, that my dream came true at such a young age!
To recap, the singing sensation, blessed with a powerful voice far beyond her years, has won the coveted celebrity ‘AGT’ golden buzzer. judge Sofia Vergara for her live performance of Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” in May, a move that immediately catapulted her into the elimination rounds of live performances and a chance to win a $ 1 million annuity (US ) and put on a show at a Las Vegas nightclub.
The pandemic gave the program a little boost with some production delays, but Battaglia and her parents were flown to Los Angeles where she spent the month rehearsing, wardrobe fittings, choreography and in filming, passing in each consecutive turn on the strength of the public vote of the television audience.
Battaglia said those 15-30 second silences before host Terry Crews announced his name were distressing.
“It was pretty exciting,” Battaglia recalls. “Another word is also ‘scary’. It’s that moment where you don’t know if you’re going or not because, I have to say, there have been so many great acts that have been in competition – a lot of interesting acts – and they were all amazing. .
When the smoke cleared on September 23 and the contest was 15 minutes away from the end, Battaglia was one of only five remaining among the 44 contestants who started the journey with her, with 6.3 million viewers at listening to the finale of the NBC Show, seen locally on Citytv.
Despite finishing fourth behind eventual winner, spoken word poet Brandon Leake, Battaglia has no regrets – and a lot of humility.
“I was so surprised to be in the final,” she said. “Imagine being in the Top 5 when so many people wanted this big, big dream and this opportunity to take the stage. Everyone on the show obviously wants to win and I walked in Fourth. I am really lucky and very grateful.
« I really can’t believe this happened. I want to thank everyone who supported me because without your support this would not have happened.
While she might not have won the grand prize, it’s safe to say that Battaglia came away with two things that will prove to be more valuable in the end: top-level professional experience and a global following.
So far, over 33.6 million people have seen her performance of “Shallow” on YouTube.
And then there is the professionalism behind a meticulously executed, highly efficient and well-funded production that mingled established record stars with emerging artists, allowing Battaglia to discover and embrace the potential of what might lie ahead for her. career.
“It’s definitely an experience that made me grow as a singer. Behind the scenes, there was a lot that happened, a lot of hard work, ”she said. “But I just want to keep doing it!”
Despite the spotlight and the universal attention that flow from these competitions – and the United States is full of them, ranging from veteran “American Idol” to “The Voice” to “Songland” to long-ago predecessors like “Star Search” in the 1980s – the chances for an artist, and especially a Canadian artist, to rise to the international ranks of sustained stardom are slim.
For every Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood (“American Idol”), Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves (“Nashville Star”), there are dozens of simple footnotes who enjoyed their brief flash in the sun and have since fallen. in darkness.
And it’s even rarer for Canadians to gain traction: Local finalists and US talent scout candidates over the past 34 years include Montreal pop group Tchukon (guitarist Kat Dyson eventually toured with Prince), Alanis Morissette, Liberty Silver and the Toronto comedian. Norm Macdonald (all from “Star Search”); budding country singer and politician George Canyon (“Nashville Star”) and, from “Canadian Idol,” Carly Rae Jepsen, the late Hedley and singer-turned-actress Melissa O’Neil.
Will Roberta Battaglia be the exception? With a pipe game rivaling Underwood and Clarkson, a humble demeanor, and the edge of youth on her side, it would be a surprise if she isn’t – especially with the prospect of a new album to be released. next year. .
In the meantime, Battaglia enjoys the support of a worldwide audience, relaxes and the dresses that “AGT” gave her.
“We just have to see,” she said. “So stay tuned. “