This 7-Year-Old Sang The National Anthem Before A Soccer Game And Became An MVP

We have one word: WOW!

We're used to having celebrities belt out the national anthem at sporting events, but this 7-year-old's rendition of the song proves that all it really takes to win an audience over — no matter what age — is talent and the guts to do it.


Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja recently won a social media contest to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the start of an L.A. Galaxy game. The kiddo's reaction to getting this big opportunity — including a scream, a chant, and some jumping on the bed — was nothing short of adorable.

At the L.A. Galaxy's game against the Seattle Sounders this past Sunday, Malea Emma got her chance to shine, and shine she did. Ahead of the Major League Soccer game, Malea Emma belted out the lyrics evoking smiles from the players and cheers from the crowd. 

Seriously, how about those high notes?

"I was thinking that I cannot do anything wrong because it's a really special song to America," Malea Emma told ABC News.

The L.A. native, who is of Indonesian and Chinese background, already has extensive experience according to her résumé (yes, she has a résumé). Malea Emma has a solid social media presence (on both Instagram and YouTube), has competed in singing competitions (winning most of them, for the record), and has appeared in commercials (as well as in a short film, television show, and theater production).

Malea Emma's dad told USA Today that she has been singing since the age of 1 and that she is actually shy and gets nervous before her performances. That said: 

"If you ask her, her main wish is to sing with Christina Aguilera," he said. "That is her main goal. She is her favorite singer. But for us, well, she is still pretty young. We don't know where this will end up going. We are just trying to introduce her to a lot of opportunities."

While Xtina has yet to respond, Malea Emma did capture the attention of L.A. Galaxy player Zlatan Ibrahimović, who called her the "MVP of the game."

There's not doubt that Malea Emma will excel in whatever she decides to do with her life.

(H/T: Twitter)


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