A Filipino artist has advanced to the semi-finals of Asia’s Got Talent after receiving a Golden Buzzer for her Broadway act.
On Thursday, Eleana Gabunada, a 10-year-old aspiring Broadway singer, wowed the judges and audience with her cover of Barbara Streisand’s “Don’t Rain On My Parade” from the 1964 Broadway musical “Funny Girl”, ABS-CBN News reported.
Gabunada’s performance received a Golden Buzzer from AGT judge David Foster, who told her that “there’s no doubt in my mind that if you want to be on Broadway one day, you will be.”
“There’s a lot of people much older than you that could sing that song, but they don’t understand the genre, they don’t know what they’re supposed to be doing,” he said.
One of the other judges, Indonesian singer Anggun, said Gabunada managed to perform a very difficult song extremely well, and that she was like a “baby Streisand”. Judge Jay Park also applauded the singer and said she was very talented.
Gabunada is a former contestant in the Philippine singing competition “The Voice Kids”, where she was mentored by Broadway singer Lea Salonga.
Gabunada is the second Filipino to receive a Golden Buzzer in Asia’s Got Talent. Last week, Filipino hand shadow artist Philip Galit, also known as Shadow Ace, received the Golden Buzzer from the show’s hosts Alan Wong and Justin Bratton.