Ex-American Idol Contestant Sal Valentinetti Earns Heidi’s Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent (VIDEO)

Sal Valentinetti performed “My Way” by Frank Sinatra on America’s Got Talent 2016 on Tuesday, June 14, 2016!

Sal was on American Idol two seasons ago! And I loved him when he was on it, and I was super disappointed when he got cut! We get to meet Sal’s family, and we learn about how he delivers pizzas for his cousin’s business. He’s only 20, so he doesn’t have a wife, but he gives Sal a good ol’ “How you doin’?”. He explains that he wants to bring back the old Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin sound, and started singing because it was his only way to remember his grandmother. He shouts out his mother in the audience, and says she means everything to him, before stating he didn’t come here to perform, he came here to win. I LOVE his attitude. For a guy who’s idolized the big band/swing singers of the 40s/50s/60s. And the success of Landau Eugene Murphy proves that there’s market for this type of act on this show. Needless to say, I feel like Sal knocked this out of the ballpark, and I’d have thought so even without the audience standing up halfway through, or all four judges standing up at the end. Watch the performance video below:

Ex-American Idol Contestant Earns Heidi's Golden Buzzer on America's Got Talent (VIDEO)

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The judges gush over him, with Simon causing Sal to fight back tears when he says that Sal’s grandmother would be looking down on him with pride. Mel B thinks Sal was flawless, while Heidi loves both the way he talks and the way he sings. But her love for him goes beyond mere admiration…


Sal has the most AMAZING, bug-eyed reaction I’ve ever seen for a Golden Buzzer moment. This has to be even better than that hug he got from Heidi. He proudly declares that this is the first day of the rest of his life, as his family celebrates onstage with him. So awesome. I seriously could not possibly be happier for Sal. The Idol judges truly got it wrong with Sal, so I’m glad the judges got it right here.

But what did you think of Sal Valentinetti? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on AGT, check out our live blog and recap of America’s Got Talent 2016 Auditions #3!

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