Fifteen-year-old singer Olina Loau has become Ricki-Lee Coulter’s “little golden buzzer.”
The Australia’s Got Talent host was so moved by the teenager’s vocal prowess during her performance in tonight’s episode, she took Loau’s outcome into her own hands.
Coulter rushed on stage and tearfully praised the singer after her song — shocking the judging panel.
“You’re so amazing, you remind me of me when I was 18,” she said.
“I did this, I auditioned, I stood on stage…but it was nothing like you just did.”
Coulter then proceeded down to the judges’ desk, slammed the golden buzzer and sent the Sydney teenager straight to the semifinals.
It was a move Loau didn’t know Coulter could pull.
“I’ve seen so many Australia’s Got talent episodes and when the hosts came out I didn’t think they actually pushed the golden buzzers,” Loau told AAA.
Judge Nicole Scherzinger also felt a strong connection to the half-Samoan, half-French contestant.
“If (fellow judge Manu Feildel) and I had a daughter, it’d be you.” Scherzinger said.
The Year 10 student, who started singing lessons at age nine, hopes to pursue studies in criminology outside of music.
Loau said improving her vocal skills had been an escape after her mother suddenly left the family unannounced when she was younger.
She praised her father and auntie for the pivotal roles they had played in her life.
“They have been very supportive, in anything I do,” Loau said.
“They’ve always been there for me.”
Asked on the show what she would do if she claimed the $100,000 winning prize, Loau revealed she would repay the two for their support through her childhood.
“It would probably help my dad a lot, and give me a chance to give back to my family,” she said.
AGT next airs on Sunday at 7pm on Seven/GWN7.