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13-Year-Old America's Got Talent Opera Singer Laura Bretan on Getting the Golden Buzzer: 'I Had No Idea What to Do!'

Originally posted 06/15/2016 01:00PM

After more a decade judging young talent, Simon Cowell is truly shocked very little – but that's exactly what Laura Bretan did this season on America's Got Talent.

The incredible, 13-year-old opera singer who captured America's heart and earned the first Golden Buzzer of the season, opens up to PEOPLE Now about the moment judge Mel B pushed the buzzer and changed her life.

"I was in shock. I had no idea what to do – to stand there, to cry, to laugh," Bretan admits. "I had no idea what to do. I was just so excited and so surprised."

And what about singing in front of the infamous Cowell? "It was, of course, very overwhelming and nerve-racking," Bretan says of the audition. "I was shaking so bad."

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Mel B Gushes That Adele's 'Spice Up Your Life' Cover 'Leaves Me Speechless a Little Bit'

Originally posted 06/06/2016 04:00PM

Adele's rendition of "Spice Up Your Life" has left Mel B in awe.

"I love Adele," the artist formerly known as Scary Spice, 41, told reporters Monday during a conference call promoting NBC's America's Got Talent. "I love the fact that she kind of tips her hat off to us and gives us props. I mean who isn't a fan of Adele? So, to know that she's a fan of the Spice Girls is definitely one for the books."

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Simon Cowell on Taking a Break After X Factor USA: 'If There's Too Much Pressure, It's Not Fun Anymore'

Simon Cowell on Taking a Break After X Factor USA: 'If There's Too Much Pressure, It's Not Fun Anymore'

Originally posted 06/03/2016 02:15PM

He has been off American TV since the end of The X Factor USA in 2013.

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Why Are Heidi Klum and Nick Cannon Rolling Around in Whipped Cream on the America's Got Talent Premiere?

Originally posted 05/31/2016 05:25PM

America's Got Talent is back – now with 100 percent more whipped-cream fights!

Simon Cowell makes his debut on Tuesday's premiere, and PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek at one performance that has the former American Idol meanie walking – then running – off set.

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'I Don't Actually Bite!': Simon Cowell Channels Hannibal Lecter as He Meets Fellow America's Got Talent Judges

Originally posted 04/25/2016 06:45PM

Simon Cowell is known for eating contestants alive as a competition show judge … and now his fellow America's Got Talent judges are taking that literally!

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America's Got Talent's Paul Zerdin Talks Magic, Puppets and the One Thing You Wouldn't Assume About a Ventriloquist:  'When I'm Off Stage I Don't Talk to the Puppets'

America's Got Talent's Paul Zerdin Talks Magic, Puppets and the One Thing You Wouldn't Assume About a Ventriloquist: 'When I'm Off Stage I Don't Talk to the Puppets'

Originally posted 04/18/2016 08:15PM

If there is one thing you should know about a ventriloquist, it's that they are "really not mad or crazy" – and absolutely do not have conversations with their puppets during the car ride home.

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Jackie Evancho Covers Skylar Grey's 'Coming Home, Pt. II' in Soaring New Music Video

Originally posted 03/24/2016 10:40AM

Tell the world: Jackie Evancho's got a new single and music video.

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