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This Teen's Uplifting Demi Lovato Cover Earned The Golden Buzzer On 'America's Got Talent'

"I think I just found the winner!"

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It's been a great season for young singers on America's Got Talent, and Tuesday's new round of auditions was no exception, as 15-year-old Makayla Phillips took the stage and blew the crowd away with a voice beyond her years.

Phillips had plenty of friends and family with her to cheer her on as she performed a powerhouse cover of Demi Lovato's "Warrior." According to USA Today, the young singer's parents said backstage that being on the show has been a lifelong dream for her since she was just 3 years old.


Phillips' strong voice earned a standing ovation from the crowd, and something even more exciting from judge Heidi Klum. "I think you are absolutely incredible. I love the whole package," Klum told her. "You know what I'm gonna do for you?" She then hit the Golden Buzzer, sending her straight into the live shows.

"I think I just found the winner!" Klum declared as she celebrated with the singer on stage.

Fellow judge Simon Cowell also made sure to get his opinion heard. "If I shut my eyes and listened to you sing, that was not the same person," he said, adding that it was a difficult song and Phillips represented "what this show is all about."

Watch Makayla's full performance below:


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