'Asia's Got Talent': David Foster hits golden buzzer for 10-year-old Pinay

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Posted at Feb 28 2019 11:00 PM | Updated as of Mar 01 2019 02:48 AM

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Eleana Gabunada, a 10-year-old Pinay singer, said her goal is to someday star on Broadway.

And no doubt that she's now more driven than ever to do just that after her sensational cover of "Don't Rain on My Parade" received perhaps the highest praise one could get from acclaimed composer David Foster.

It was on Thursday's "Asia's Got Talent" where Gabunada showed off her impressive vocals in front of the multi-awarded songwriter, who was so taken by the performance that he ended up pushing the golden buzzer.

"There's a lot of people much older than you that could sing that song but they don't understand the genre, they don't know what they're supposed to be doing," Foster told Gabunada.

"But somehow at the age 10, you understand your mission and your job. And there's no doubt in my mind that if you want to be in Broadway one day, you will be."

This meant that she's through to the semifinal.

This is the second week in a row in which the golden buzzer was awarded to an act from the Philippines, following Philip Galit a.k.a Shadow Ace, a "hand shadow artist."

Anggun, one of the other judges of the show, praised Gabunada as a "Baby Streisand," while Jay Park explained that a proof of her talent was the fact that she's one of the few acts to receive a standing applause from Foster.

The young singer is a former contestant of "The Voice Kids," where she was part of the team of Lea Salonga. She also joined "Tawag ng Tanghalan Kids" back in 2017.