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Jayy delivers an emotional tribute to her mother and father on ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 16. (Phot: NBC)

This week’s America’s Got Talent auditioners included the standard wacky assortment of canine acts, hazard acts, magic acts, and comedians, together with a former “Isolation Wrestling” champion who principally simply talked Hulk Hogan-style smack to the judges till he bought the dreaded purple X. But it was a extra severe contender, pop singer Jayy, who actually embodied the AGT American dream — a dream crushed, deferred, after which lastly realized in her late mother and father’ honor.

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Jayy, a.ok.a. Jessica Núñez, moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic at age 15 along with her household, who opened a bodega in Philadelphia — and shortly after her arrival, she started fantasizing about competing on her new favourite tv present, AGT. “I’m going to be on there one day,” she used to inform her mother and father. “Are they happy you’re here?” decide Sofia Vergara requested Jayy on Tuesday evening, after which the singer dramatically hesitated, then answered, “I want to say that they are. They’re in Heaven.”

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A visibly choked-up Jayy then defined that when she was 19 years outdated, in 2011, her household’s West Philly retailer, Lorena’s Grocery, was robbed at gunpoint, and her mom and father had been murdered proper in entrance of her. According to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jayy’s dad had rushed to the counter when one of many robbers had jammed a pistol into Jayy’s aspect, begging them not to hurt Jayy or his different daughter, who was additionally working within the retailer that night. The gunmen as an alternative fatally shot Jayy’s mother and father, in addition to her aunt, earlier than fleeing the scene.

Jayy turned decided to carry the at-massive killers to justice, even reducing her hair to alter her look and taking jobs in different bodegas within the hopes that she would encounter them once more. In February 2012, the lads had been arrested after surveillance video footage linked them to two different holdups, and in 2016, Jayy lastly bought her likelihood to testify in opposition to them in courtroom. The killers had been ultimately each discovered responsible, after a month-lengthy trial, and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences with out risk of parole. “They thought that the little girl they left alive was not going to be able to get on that stand. I was able to stand there and say everything that they did to my family,” Jayy told the Inquirer. “I did it.”

“I had to become the big sister for my siblings, and I stopped my dreams,” the now-29-year-old Jayy, who competed on Univision’s Spanish-language singing show Reina de la Canción in 2019, explained to the AGT judges Tuesday. “I finally decided to focus on my music that I know [my parents] loved seeing me do all the time.”

Surely Jayy’s parents were proud of her stunning audition of Freya Ridings’s tear-jerking ballad “Lost Without You,” a tour de force that likely would have earned a Golden Buzzer if one had still been in play. (The last Golden Buzzer of the season, Heidi Klum’s, was frankly wasted earlier in the evening on impressive-but-gimmicky quick-change artist Lea Kyle.) After all four misty-eyed judges, who were devastated to hear Jayy’s tragic story, gave Jayy a standing ovation, Simon Cowell said he was amazed not just by her gorgeous voice but by the very fact that she managed to power through the performance at all. “To be able to sing a song like that, with that lyric, with all those memories in your head, I think is extraordinary,” he marveled. “People like you are the reason why we make this show, genuinely. I think you’re an incredible person.”

“I felt like I was listening to your parents. They are here. I hear them through your voice and through your heart. It was so beautiful,” said Howie Mandel. And Heidi told Jayy, “Now is your time. I’m ready to celebrate you.”

While Jayy didn’t get the Golden Buzzer, she won’t need it to make it to America’s Got Talent Season 16’s live shows — her spectacular vocals and resilient spirit will be enough to get her there. And when she gets there, her parents will undoubtedly be there too. “I am sure they’re happy and they’re proud,” said Sofia. “Just having the strength to survive something so horrific, it says a lot about you.”

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