KUALA LUMPUR: Blind teen Indonesian singer Putri Ariani easily won the hearts of the four judges of popular reality TV series America's Got Talent (AGT) during the show's audition segment yesterday.
According to USA Today, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter who performed an original song titled Loneliness while playing the piano moved Simon Cowell to quickly press the Golden Buzzer.
The critical judge, who is known for his barbed commentary, raced to the stage to whisper into the singer's ear for an encore.
Putri Ariani accepted the entertainment mogul's request and performed a rendition of the classic Elton John hit song, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.
The singer then garnered rousing applause and a standing ovation from the judges and audience.
"You've got an amazing, distinctive voice. You have a kind of glow about you. She's brilliant," said Cowell.
The Golden Buzzer endorsement by Cowell will see Putri Ariani advancing to the Live Show segment which will be held at the Hollywood Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, USA.
The video of her performance during the audition segment began trending on AGT's official YouTube channel yesterday and has garnered over 5.6 million views with close to 53,000 comments praising her performance and talent.
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