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Putri Ariani's Jazzy Cover of "Over the Rainbow" Will Warm Your Heart

The America's Got Talent Season 18 finalist did Judy Garland justice. 

By Jackie Manno

America's Got Talent Season 18 finalist Putri Ariani sang a cover of "Over the Rainbow" in summer 2023, and calling it perfect would be an understatement. 

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During her cover, posted to YouTube, she sang over some jazzy piano chords and riffed away, putting her own unique spin on the classic tune. Her vibrato was also on point while she free-styled in a lovely, breathy tone. 

Watch the full, amazing performance, below.  

Ariani pulled off some amazing covers during her run on AGT, including "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2, and "Run" by Snow Patrol

In a June interview with Daily Mail, she opened up about why she chose to audition for the show. "I want to know how to become a superstar. I really want to go around the world," she told the outlet.

And it looks like her dreams are coming true! 

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Putri Ariani performs during the Season 18 Finale of America’s Got Talent

About "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz

Originally written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg for the legendary 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, "Over the Rainbow" was made famous by Judy Garland, who played the lead character, Dorothy. In the film, Dorothy sings the song when she longs to venture away from her home life in Kansas. 

It has also been covered by Liza Minelli, Susan Boyle, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Willie Nelson, Ariana Grande, Pink, Jackie Evancho, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Katharine McPhee, Rufus Wainwright, Patti LaBelle, and more. 

"Over the Rainbow" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1939. The Library of Congress also described it as "one of the best-known ballads of all time," and noted that it was one of Judy Garland's personal favorite tunes, as it represented a "symbol of hope" for her. 

According to Billboard, "Over the Rainbow" was named "the greatest movie song of all time" by the American Film Institute. 

RELATED: Catch Susan Boyle's Beautiful Version of Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow"

"Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz lyrics

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh, why can't I?

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh, why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?