The goth-opera-singer, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie fan named Andrew De Leon thrilled the judges on America’s Got Talent with his rendition of the classic “O Mio Babbino Caro.
No one anticipated the dynamic and fearless vocalist we have in the entertainment industry based on his meek and cautious manner during his first audition. Yet, he still managed to amaze the judges, specifically Sharon Osbourne, who saw a lot of potential in him.
Who is Andrew de Leon?
Andrew was born in Harlingen, Texas, and reared in the neighboring areas, where he was introduced to a wide range of musical influences. In the earlier ’90s, pop singers like Britney Spears were among his faves, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that rock group Evanescence entered the scene, and he was captivated.
Andrew De Leon saw an advertisement on television in 2012 promoting auditions for America’s Got Talent. He signed up, albeit not without misgivings.
He’d previously heard of the program thanks to many popular videos on social media that pushed him more to step out of his comfort zone and pursue the live auditions. Gladly he impressed not just the judges but also the crowd.
Andrew de Leon’s comeback
He was still a judge fave during the next round and was classified into the “Opera Singers,” but unfortunately, the stars were not aligned for him that day of the competition. As he was performing another classic opera, he lost the song’s lyrics and stopped singing, despite the background music continuing, leaving the judges and the crowd all in dismay.
Due to this unfortunate event, he was eliminated from the competition. But thanks to Howie Mendel as he brought Andrew De Leon back again for the wild card show, where he sang a Spanish operatic version of “Unbreak My Heart” and got enough votes to advance to the Semifinals, where he sang a new version of “Ave Maria.”