The million-dollar prize awarded to America’s Got Talent winners is enough to bring some of the most accomplished and proficient people in the entire country to the stage. Pint-sized Adrian Romoff proved himself to be a part of that esteemed group, and made it clear that big things often come in small packages.
Before the 9-year-old played a single note on his keyboard, he had already intrigued the judges of America’s Got Talent with his confidence and intelligence. But by the time he had finished his rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel had risen from their seats in disbelief—the former applauding and the latter clasping his hands on top of his head.
As you might guess from the name, the notoriously-difficult piece is supposed to evoke the disorienting flight patterns of a bumblebee. The young Romoff’s deliriously-fast performance goes off without a hitch, and the judges are understandably stunned. “You’re the future,” Howie tells him. “When you play, you live that music.” Mel B was as impressed with the 9-year-old’s charisma as his musical prowess: “You had me at hello,” she said. And Heidi? She said she could listen to him play all day.
Read On to watch the performance that had all of the judge’s jaws on the floor.