The season 16 live quarterfinals continued on August 17, and the nine-year-old opera singer once again blew up judges Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. She concluded Tuesday’s live show with a breathtaking rendition of “Casta Diva”, earning her five unprecedented golden ringtones from the judges of the NBC show,
This surprised me. I didn’t even know someone your age could sing that way. I thought someone needed years and years of training and you’re doing it like nothing has happened, and the most natural thing for you, Vergara said.
Klum proclaimed that Brinker was “the icing on the cake of an amazing night,” while Mandel gushed that she would definitely advance to the semi-finals for her incredible abilities.
But it was Cowell who got really rave reviews for the rising opera star.
I don’t know anything about classical music, he says. However, I remember many years ago on another show, an artist called Carrie Underwood came and auditioned for me, and I said, you’re going to sell millions and millions of records and I was right. I’m going to make a prediction – you’re going to be one of the biggest stars to emerge from any of these shows. You have a unique and special talent and I think you are amazing!