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See Why This 13-Year-Old Singing Ventriloquist Shocked the AGT: All-Stars Judges
Two mind-blowing talents in one amazing Audition for America's Got Talent: All-Stars!
Ana-Maria Margean won Season 11 of Romania’s Got Talent in 2021 at the young age of 11. Now 13 years old, Margean said America’s Got Talent Season 2 winner Terry Fator inspired her to get into ventriloquism and that her parents got her a puppet on her 11th birthday. “They’re like my sister, my brothers,” she said of her puppet collection.
“After the show [RGT], my life changed completely,” she said. “Every time I saw someone on AGT I was thinking, ‘What if I got to be on there someday?’ And now I’m here, and I feel really special.”
During her routine, Margean did a hilarious bit about Waldo, her rescue-dog puppet, throwing her voice perfectly without moving her mouth. She then began to sing a sassy rendition of “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore, showing off her gorgeously controlled vocals. “I'm young and I love to be young, I'm free and I love to be free, to live my life the way I want, to say and do whatever I please,” she crooned before flipping into some heavenly high notes. And she got Waldo to sing, too!
“Wow!” Judge Howie Mandel exclaimed in awe.
“Incredible!” Host Terry Crews added.
“I mean, no wonder you won [RGT]. You are incredible, you are gorgeous, you can sing so beautifully, I love your furry friend, and it was funny, too! I love all the banter and the jokes,” Heidi Klum gushed during feedback.
“I was laughing. And I cannot believe your story that you just started doing this during lockdown. Like, you don’t even have two years under your belt. That was amazing,” Mandel said. “The fact that this was something you looked up online, the fact that you were inspired by people you saw on America’s Got Talent, you are an AGT All-Star! The Superfans are gonna love you!”
“It's just really exciting when you see the best of the best,” Simon Cowell added. “I mean, you are really funny!”