Photo: Pranysqa Mishra | On the June 25 episode of America’s Got Talent, a completely unsuspecting judging panel and audience witnessed one of the show’s most surprising performances from 10-year-old (now 11) Maya Neelakantan. Accompanied by her hopeful family and her trusty guitar, a seemingly shy Maya suddenly ripped into a perfect rendition of Papa Roach’s “Last Resort”. The song is famed for being a tricky one to perfect, with many having tried and failed, so for someone just ten years of age to master, not just the song, but her nerves too, is nothing short of remarkable.

Back home in Chennai, India, Maya is already known for her impressive talent.
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The question remains, however, can she win the entire show?

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9-year-old Pranysqa Mishra Floors ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges With Her Cover of a Tina Turner Classic

By Randi Richardson,

Pranysqa Mishra cruised into the live rounds of “America’s Got Talent” with a Golden Buzzer she earned for singing a classic song by one of her favorite artists.

The 9-year-old Tampa, Florida, native wowed judges Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel and beloved host Terry Crews with her soulful rendition of Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep —Mountain High” in the July 2 airing of the show.

The standout performance was unexpected, Klum later said, perhaps partly because Pranysqa appeared meek and said she was nervous in the interview before her performance.

“I always just love singing,” Pranysqa said. “It makes me feel happy. Even when I was like 4 years old, I would just pretend like I have a microphone, and I would just sing like I’m singing to the whole world.”
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Randi Richardson is a reporter for NBC News’ based in Brooklyn.

Photo: Pranysqa Mishra | From the America’s Got Talent Facebook page

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