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13-year-old opera singer wows on 'America's Got Talent'

13-year-old opera singer scores 'golden buzzer'
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  • Simon Cowell said he's never heard anything like the performance
  • Mel B. used her golden buzzer on the teen

(CNN)We're only one episode in to the new season of "America's Got Talent," but we feel safe calling who the fan-favorite will be.

Thirteen-year-old opera singer Laura Bretan wowed audiences in Tuesday's premiere with the song "Nessun Dorma." Her performance was so mesmerizing, it earned her high praise from the toughest critic himself: Simon Cowell.
    "I have never heard anything like that in all the years I've been doing this show," he told her. "And what made it even better is the fact that you are such a sweet person, so humble, not even aware of how amazing you are."
    Fellow judge Mel B. took it a step further, using the golden buzzer to send Bretan straight to the live shows. It's not a choice to make lightly -- each judge can only do that once per season.
    "You literally made all my hairs stand up on end," the former Spice Girl said.
    Bretan credited her talent to her mom, who stood backstage with host Nick Cannon and gave an encouraging thumbs-up when Bretan looked over before she sang.
    "This has been a dream come true," Bretan told Cannon. "I've been waiting for this for so long."