Branden James Brings Heidi Klum to Tears With Powerful AGT Performance (VIDEO)
Heidi Klum was left wiping away tears after Branden James’ moving performance on Tuesday’s “America’s Got Talent.”
The openly gay opera singer, whose beautiful voice has helped mend his estrangement with his parents, performed Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.” “I’ve just always loved you,” a teary Klum said afterwards. “I feel your emotion when you sing. I’m like right there with you when you sing.”
Mel B, who gave James a standing ovation along with Klum and Howie Mandel, told him, “You have such grace when you sing and it’s like you’re a seasoned pro already.” “I felt like I was sitting front row at your concert,” she continued. “I would pay to come to see you.” Said Mandel, “You are here trying to win a million dollars. But in this contest and tonight you’ve won more than that. You’ve won the acceptance of your family. You’ve won the acceptance of America. What you won is priceless.”
And though Howard Stern didn’t stand up for the ovation, he was similarly blown away. “Look at you. We met you a few weeks ago. And now you take command of this stage like a pro,” he told James, adding, “You really crushed it tonight, and I think you should be very, very proud of yourself.” Check out the powerful video below.