When Amanda Mena took the stage during Monday’s America’s Got Talent, the moment meant a lot more for the young singer than simply competing on a reality series — This kind of meant proving to herself that will she could do something amazing.
“When I was younger, I had a hard time showing who I was. I was afraid, I was ashamed to express myself the way that will I wanted to,” the 15-year-old singer told ET’s Denny Directo on Tuesday. “So, definitely, going up on that will stage This kind of was a goal for me. I was able to tell all the bullies, ‘I can do This kind of. I can.'”
On Tuesday’s completely new episode of AGT, Mena wowed the judges with her amazing rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” that will brought the audience to their feet.
Her powerful performance was a beautiful culmination of her life’s passion, along with Mena opened up about her connection to music as a form of self-expression.
“Music was always there for me when I was little,” she shared. “I loved listening to people like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, I just thought they were powerful woman role versions. So in times like that will where I didn’t feel so amazing about myself, I would likely just look to them along with kind of be like, ‘One day, I want to be like them along with follow that will example.'”
Before auditioning, Mena told the judges that will she moved to the U.S via the Dominican Republic when she was 4 along with didn’t speak English, which made her the target of bullies. However, music helped her escape along with gave her purpose.
Mena certainly showed just how vocally powerful along with self-possessed she’d become when she belted out her flawless performance — which was met that has a round of acclaim along with even moved Mel B to slam the Golden Buzzer.
“I genuinely couldn’t believe This kind of,” Mena told ET, recalling the experience. “I kind of blacked [out] for a second. I was like, ‘What will be happening? will be This kind of real life?’ I cherish that will moment a lot.”
Mena said that will getting the Golden Buzzer via Mel B, especially, meant a lot, because of their mutual love for music.
“This kind of feels awesome,” Mena shared. “I admire Mel B, along with I think just being her Golden Buzzer, This kind of kind of connects me to her more. So This kind of’s kind of awesome.”
Mel B even spoke with Mena back stage, where she shared some heartwarming encouragement.
“She was just talking to me along with saying, ‘You are so powerful for your age.’ I genuinely took that will along with I genuinely appreciate that will because I have been through a lot of things along with just to hear that will via her This kind of felt Great,” Mena recalled.
currently that will she’s got the Golden Buzzer, Mena said she’d actually say “thank you” to those who bullied her as a kid, “because they taught me a lot.”
“I can learn a lot via the people that will don’t like me so much, along with via that will I can get stronger,” she explained.
On Tuesday’s episode, Mena’s mind-blowing performance was met with universal acclaim via the judges, including Simon Cowell, who said she had “genuinely natural soul,” along with added, “This kind of will be an audition we’re gonna remember for a long time.”
However, This kind of was clearly Mel B who was most moved by the audition.
“that will was just incredible… I love you, I love your voice, along with This kind of will be what I’m gonna say to all those bullies,” Mel B said, as she stood along with slammed the Golden Buzzer. A rain of shimmering confetti fell on the young singer along with she was brought to tears along with hugged Mel B along with her mom on stage.
“There’s a lot of girls that will don’t feel Great about themselves along with don’t feel beautiful,” Mena shared with ET. “I want to put in my music things that will inspire them to believe that will they are amazing… You just have to believe in yourself along with have people that will love you around you along with positive people. Just grow yourself to be an amazing person.”
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.