America’s Got Talent in Andrew De Leon

So maybe you’re asking yourself.  Who’s Andrew De Leon?  Well, he’s a young man who appeared on America’s Got Talent the other night and “blew the roof off” when he sang the aria, O Mio Babbino Caro from Puccini’s opera, Gianni Schicchi.  To those people who like to judge books by their covers (remember Susan Boyle?), most of them would’ve dismissed Andrew before he opened his mouth because he’s got the whole Goth thing going.  Long straight black hair, black clothing, lots of eye makeup and freaky contact lenses.  But his performance was a big surprise!

What’s even more amazing is that Andrew is self taught, never had a single lesson, and never sang in front of another soul – including his own family.  But he took the plunge and sang in front of the three judges as well as a full house in Austin, TX and for a multi-million viewing television audience.  What a guy!

So, why am I writing about him?  I’m writing because I really don’t get why some people are so incredibly angry and ugly in what they have to say online about an unknown young man who goes on stage and sings before an audience on national television.

I took singing lessons because I really wanted to sing Doo Wop along with my CDs.  During that venture, my singing teacher had me branch out to operatic arias.  I enjoyed singing but couldn’t commit to the many hours of practice necessary to sing well.  I performed at two recitals with my teacher’s other students in front of a friendly audience consisting of my husband, my nephew, and the few family members of the other participants.  I got through my three songs but I was absolutely terrified.

So after the other night’s performance on AGT, the internet was buzzing about this guy and almost all the comments were positive.  But a few were not.  It never ceases to amaze me how some people just have to diminish someone’s accomplishments with vicious attacks.  Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.

The anonymous writer, who calls himself, “real opera judge,” responded to another commenter who thought Andrew was “talented” as follows:  “He talented????? really… with that imposted voice do u really think he was singing???? I’ll suggest you to go at least see one opera live in your life, and than come back and comment on his whatever opera singing… And he was not a bariton nor a tenor, nor a nothing,,,,”  (His precise words/grammar/spelling, not mine.)

I really wish “real opera judge” didn’t hide behind a fake name because I’d love to write directly to him:

First of all, “real opera judge,” Where did you study opera?  What exactly have you done in your life?  Do you actually sing?  Haveyou performed anywhere?  Do you have the guts to sing in front of millions of people?  How many operas have you been to?

Having been a season subscriber to the Seattle Opera for many years, I’ve seen dozens of operas.  These are seasoned professional artists who’ve taken thousands of hours of lessons, practiced even thousands of hours more, and have performed in front of probably hundreds of live audiences for years all over the world.  So I ask, how can you compare Andrew — a 19-year old guy who is self-taught, never had a singing lesson in his life, never sang in front of another soul (and that includes his own family) and practiced in his room — to a professional who’s made a career out of singing in languages other than his own with an incredibility ability memorize while acting?  It’s one thing if you don’t like Andrew’s style.  Fine.  But why so hateful?

I’ve never watched AGT and only tuned in this season because of Howard Stern.  I was immediately hooked.  I’ve become a huge fan of the show and love people with the guts to get up and perform.  I know I couldn’t do it.  I have no idea if Andrew will win because I don’t how the show works and how the winner is chosen.  I’ll just have to wait and watch as it all unfolds.

I’m happy to see Andrew has received the attention he deserves and that there are just a few malcontents out there who just can’t watch a talent show for what it is.  I guess some people aren’t happy unless they’re putting someone else down.

For me, I seldom cry at movies but music is a whole other thing.  I know what it takes to sing really well and appreciate all the hard work involved.  I judge a singer by how many goose bumps I get on my arms and whether I’m moved to tears when I listen to him.  Andrew did both for me.  I wish him the best of luck.

As to the haters out there, I don’t get it.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • Mack

    if this is a full quote from mr opera judge…”And he was not a bariton nor a tenor, nor a nothing,,,,”
    Not an aggressive point but it might have been more relevant to address his vocal range from the start, e.g. and he was not a “COUNTERTENOR” if you are going to try to insult someone please address him by his relevant vocal range

  • GrannyBug

    As soon as he started singing I got goosebumps and was also moved to tears. Kudos to you, Andrew De Leon! Great job. I thought we all learned a valuable lesson while watching Walt Disney’s “Bambi” when we were kids. The line came straight from Thumper, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. Life is much too short for negativity. You rock, Mr De Leon!

  • JewelChick

    I just recently saw this performance, and was so deeply affected by it. That young man is not only talented and incredibly brave, but good-hearted. You can see it in his face and hear it in his voice. A truly gentle soul.

    If he can turn a deaf ear toward the ridiculous negative comments, he will have an amazing career, and bring something beautiful to the world.

    And I’m not usually into the “goth” thing, but whatever you want to call his look, I call him hot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/forrest.stepnowski Forrest Stepnowski

    i agree with you… and if “mr real opera” actually did study, he would know that this young man has what we call a Castrati tenor voice. It is a real voice tone named in the opera world, and there are many songs written a few centuries ago for these vocie types. During these time, Castrati’s were actually raised seperately in Italy from there families, and were surgically detestically procedured on (lack of better term) enhence the word castration. It is because of these culture and voice type the word castration derives from. Now the practive of castration no longer occurs, however, there are many Castrati tenors in Europe still alive and who perform.

  • Laurie

    I love the way you tell it like it is and you don’t hold back! Leona I love your style :)

  • Marina Nicholson

    Whilst visiting my 81yo mother and 83yo father today they told me about this amazing singer they had recently seen on TV. I quickly came home and looked it up on Youtube and was just blown away at this young man’s voice.I have since found out that he didn’t do very well in his next performance but can I just say…Andrew has TALENT with a capital T and am sure that someone will sign him up and when they do I will be looking out for his CD. Love you Andrew….Ciao Marina (Australia)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003086173744 Abby Parker

    i like yo voice Mr. man

  • http://www.facebook.com/patty.henken Patty Henken

    I’M TELLING YOU PEOPLE, IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD THIS GUY YOU MUST. YOU WILL BE AN INSTANT FAN AS I NOW AM.  I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS SHOW SINCE THE FIRST SEASON AND I’M NOT BRAGGING BUT I HAVE PICKED EITHER THE WINNER OR THE RUNNER UP EVERY SEASON. I HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO WATCHING “MY” CHOSEN PERFORMERS ON STAGE.  FIRST THING I HAVE TO ADMIT IS THAT I “HATE” OPERA!!  SIMPLY BECAUSE I JUST DONT GET IT AND NOT BECAUSE IT’S NOT WORTH LOVING.  THAT FIRST AUDITION, I SAT THERE AND WATCHED ANDREW WALK OUT ON STAGE IN THAT OVER THE TOP GOTH LOOK,  I THOUGHT, “OH BOY, HERE COMES ANOTHER ONE” AND YOU WHO WATCH THIS SHOW KNOW WHAT I MEAN. BUT WHEN HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF IN HIS SINCERE FASHION IT MADE ME CURIOUS. THEN HE BEGAN TO SING……..OMG!!!! I STOOD UP SO FAST MY CHAIR FLIPPED OVER, IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES, AND I PUT MY HAND OVER MY MOUTH, LIKE SHOCK I GUESS, I HAD GOOSE BUMPS AND JUST STOOD THERE THROUGH THE WHOLE AUDITION. I WAS FROZEN. I DON’T THINK I EVEN TOOK A BREATH OR BLINKED.  I STILL HAVE A TIME TRYING TO DESCRIBE WHAT THAT KID DOES TO MY EMOTIONS WHEN HE SINGS. I AM 51 YEARS OLD AND HAVE NEVER HAD THAT FEELING ABOUT A SINGER, EVER!!! THIS WEEK WAS AGAIN SPOT ON PERFORMANCE. HE NEEDS TO THANK THAT SHOW FOR HIS EXPOSURE AND MOVE ON. I HATED THE WAY THE JUDGES SPOKE TO HIM.  THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO COMMENT ON HIS PERFORMANCE INSTEAD THEY PICKED HIM APART WITH HAVING NO LESSONS????? REALLY??? IF THAT’S ALL THEY COULD FIND TO THROW HIM UNDER THE BUS FOR WE ALL HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT HE WAS BLESSED WITH THIS INCREDIBLE TALENT AND HE WILL RISE ABOVE THE NEGATIVES.  WOW, WHAT A GUY!!!!!! CAN’T WAIT TO BUY HIS MUSIC! I AM A FULL BLOWN OPERA FAN NOW!!!! THANK YOU ANDREW!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/patty.henken Patty Henken

    OMG !!!!!!  WHAT AN INCREDIBLE VOICE!!!! ANDREW IS A STAR.  THOSE JUDGES ONLY WANTED TO MAKE PEOPLE DOUBT HIM. AND IT WORKED!!!  THE JUDGES WHO JUDGED SUSAN BOYLES DID NOT QUESTION HER ON PROFESSIONAL VOICE LESSONS.  INSTEAD, THEY CONSIDERED HER A WORLD STAR THE SECOND SHE OPENED HER MOUTH TO SING.  ANDREW IS EVER BIT AS TALLENTED.  HE CERTAINLY DESERVES TO GO FAR WITH HIS HARD EARNED TALENT. I’M BEHIND HIM ALL THE WAY!!!! ANDREW, YOU GO KIDDO!! DON’T LET THE LIKES OF UNTALENTED JUDGES TELL YOU WHERE YOU’RE GOING. YOU GO ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP WITHOUT THAT SHOW.

  • ciluvkatz

    ANDREW,,, I hope you read this……THE JUDGES ARE ALL A–H—-, fill in the blanks. YOU …….ARE…….GREAT……BEYOND GREAT…… LOVE YOU. I am livid,,,I will NEVER watch that show again……howard stern is the biggest ass, then sharon,then howie.Ive lost their respect …..DONT EVER CHANGE YOUR LOOK….THE PUBLIC L…O…V…E…S YOU. PLEASE HURRY AND CUT AN ALBUM……I cannot wait to see you perform on stage. You are the only real  person on that show…OMG!!!!!!!! I must calm down , I wish I had the phone number to the show I would call them….When ADAM LAMBERT lost on Amercan Idol……which we all know it was fixed thru at&t ,,, oh, didnt hear about that one????  ok well just type in at&t controversy over voting season 10 on Idol,,,,OH YA!!!!!!!   well anyway ADAM DIDNT LOSE….. who did win that? funny I only remember ADAM..hmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!SO MY WONDERFUL FRIEND,ANDREW, LOVE YOU ,,YOU WILL GO FAR,,,,,, and in a year no one will even remember who was on that show……………………BUT THEY WILL REMEMBER YOU……………………………………..

  • ciluvkatz

    I dont even know where to start. You could see the dissappointment in his eyes. HOW DARE THOSE JUDGES PUT HIM DOWN.. In my opinion they are all DEAF DUMB AND BLIND……..how could they not see the truth in his singing or actions…..and how could they not hear that . SPECTACULAR VOICE???? Were they wearing earplugs,,,WTF???? AND HIS LOOK????????THATS WHAT MAKES HIM…… as far as I am concerned his look  goes along with his voice…UNEXPECTED BEAUTY……I LOVE HIM  and will be his fan forever and when he makes an album, AND HE WILL,, I will fly to buy it,,,,,,howard stern… your an ass,,,,,,,,,,at least Andrew can perform,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and I know you cant perform,,,,you know what I mean,,,dont you…..Howard……yes you do…..

  • Jaidan GIllespie

    He is a star, superb voice quality and charm. Unusually good package of this voice.
    Very good choice of  songs and languages (Italian “O Mio Babbino Caro” by G. Puccini for audition and “Regressa Mi” by Il Divo in Spanish for the quarterfinals). Bravo, Andrew. Hope you win this season you have the real thing:)

  • Sandy

    I love Andrew’s voice.  He sure got my votes.  I do love opera (Il Divo, Sarah Brightman, etc. )   It’ s hard to believe that he never sang in public before his initial performance.  The only thing that is a little strange to me is his eyes.  I know they are contacts but they seem to be way too blue to me.  Maybe that’s his trademark.  Still, I love the guy’s voice.  Hope he wins!

  • Succinct3

    He is great! He sure prooves you should Not Judge a book by its cover.

  • Kisswoman

    At first glance I could’ve sworn he was gonna do something from Marilyn Manson…..boy was I wrong!!!!!! I had not just goosebumps and the chills, but tears came to my eyes a few seconds into his audition….I don’t care for opera, but I would defintely go to see him perform live….I do hope they bring him back as a wild card pick.

  • Quiltblox

    I loved your  post!  Andrew got ripped off!  No offense to “Big Barry”, but Andrew is so much more talented, but they eliminated him and not Barry.  I judge music just like you!  Goose bumps and tears!  Josh Groban does that to me.  I’ve had the honor of meeting him.  Besides his talent, he is one of the kindest, nicest people in the world.

  • http://twitter.com/MamaImp Connie Elliott

    Andrew sounds like he’s a contratenor.  We’ve just not made parts for them in a long time.  He did exactly what he had to do to show off the size of his voice and his range and boy, howdy, did he ever!  Good for him.

  • youngandmature

    I love Andrew, he will be the next Susan Boyle. Iv been watching AGT since the start and I have never loved a contestent so much. He is real, fresh, and original. Sharon wanted him to stay but Howard Stern wanted him to go, I hate that so much. His voice is like no other. No training, that means is talent is real, not worked on and changed. Im 13 but I’v been to one opera in my life, and that person I saw trained since he was 6, and still Andrew was better. When he left, I was going to stop watching AGT, but Im praying to god, they bring him back as a wild card. *Andrew DeLeon I love you and don’t stop singing!*

  • Queenienbean

    Andrew is mesmerizing. He has the voice of Maria calas. I think he should still be there. He made me cry and sang with true emotion…I hope some one gives him a chance to record. He ia the best talent on there yet…….love you andrew.

  • RattenMuter

    He was just starting to open up. So many mediocre acts went through-like Barry-and you know they nothing but a laugh  for  few seconds-mostly visual. The Love Boat guy is very jolly but his second audition was worse than his first. He shoould have lost his spot to Andrew,because he has a nice voice but Andrew has true,raw talent. MHO

  • jlolynn

    I guess i was not the only one who cried when Andrew sang. I never watched this show before. I happened to see the commercial so i watched. I’m not watching now because Andrew got voted off. Andrew, you have a beautiful voice. Please keep singing. You remind me so much of my son. He died when he was 18 but he was a beautiful person just like you are. It was so nice to see you pursue your dreams. Do not stop. You have so many good things ahead of you. I will always support you no matter what you do. I am happy to see that you have supportive parents also.

    • youngandmature

      Not the only one, i cried. His voice is something else

  • Jackie Crook

    JackieCrook
    Dearest Andrew, Please do not deprive the world of your angel voice. Regroup and find a way to get your self back in the mix…in the words of George McFly…”It’s like I said, you can do anything, if you put your mind to it”…xo Andrew

  • Stephanie L ~ K

    Andrew, I REALLY HOPE YOU READ THIS! STARTED CRYING WHEN YOU GOT VODED OFF.I AM GOING TO PRAY THAT YOU GET BACK ON THE SHOW. YOU WERE THE BEST AND I COULD NEVER HATE YOU OR EXPECT MORE OUT OF YOU. YOU ARE A GREAT PERSON!!!!!!! NEVER EVER EVER EVER CHANGE. YOU ARE PERFECT JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. I LLLLLOOOOVVVVVVEEEEE YYYTOOOOUUUUU!!!!!

    • youngandmature

      love andrew cried my eyes out could not sleep. i love you look and your voice plz andrew DONT STOP SINGING!

  • HSutherland

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I too was moved to tears by Andrews singing. 

    I learned long ago to look past a persons looks, to see whats inside. I have 5 grown children and each one did their own thing. 1 was EMO, 1 was headbanger, 1 was country, 1 rap and 1 death metal.

    So my world raising my beautiful children was a rainbow of everything. I tried hard to teach them to live life, love life and love smiling and do your best to love and care for everyone.

    I am very proud of my children.

  • Dwannalaree

    I really liked a few of this years contestants and I’m looking forward to seeing them in las vegas. Andrew is the only one so far that I watch over again and again. Talent or no talent, I love watching him.

  • mom_of_3

    When I saw his audition on a facebook posting, I was stunned…in a goose bumps all over my body kind of stunned! Serious raw talent emerged from this young man. His creativity is all over inside and out. Amazing…simply amazing. I am a trained singer and I cannot believe his pure talent. Still with goosebumps all over!  I have never watched a whole season before…always busy…this I will have to watch and keep up with and this guy has my vote all the way.

  • Cindylouhoo48

    aria “O mio babbino caro”, from Puccini’s opera ‘Gianni Schicchi’ WAS THE NAME OF THE SONG THAT ANDREW DE LEON SANG ON AMERICA’S GOT TALENT. FANTASTIC JOB AND MOST THE TIME WOMEN OPERA SINGERS DO THIS SONG BECAUSE OF THE HIGH RANGE IT TAKES TO SING IT. GREAT JOB ANDREW I SUPPORT YOUR MUSIC ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. KEEP FIGHTING FOR WHAT YOU DESERVE  SO MUCH,.

    • Cindylouhoo48

      also called dear papa in english

      • Nanr42

        Isn’t it O Mio Bambino Caro, and doesn’t that mean Oh, my dear baby (literally). Bambino is baby or small child, I’m pretty sure. In Italian papa is papa. The pope is called Il Papa.

        • Tazz

           Babbino, not bambino.

          “Babbo” is kind of like “dad”, and “babbino” would be “daddy”

          So the young woman singing is begging her dear daddy to let her marry her handsome young man or she’ll throw herself off
          the bridge. (That’s why women sing this aria–not because of the range, which for a soprano aria wouldn’t be that high).

          I also think it’s wrong to criticize opera purists pointing out that the young man may not match up to professional opera singers.  If he is held up to that standard (unfairly really), then he will be judged that way.  Same as that little girl last year.

          If DeLeon had made it through and actually won, it would be interesting what sort of career he would have had other than a novelty act or “crossover”.  There are a few male sopranos in opera, but they wouldn’t be cast in a female  role in “Gianni Schicchi”. 

          As for hating, why all the slams against trained singers–as if they had no natural talent to begin with? Thoroughly unfair. It’s one thing to sing one short aria, and another to get through a three hour performance singing over a full orchestra without a microphone.

          I think his lack of training contributed greatly to his loss of confidence at his second performance. He sang, but he doesn’t really know how he sings or if he can repeat what he did before. 

          Just sayin’.  He’ll probably be offered some sort of performing
          opportunities later on–and then there’s that wild card thing on AGT.

          • Nanr42

            Thanks for the corrected translation. That shows how much Italian I know. I agree with what you said. He does have ability and a voice, but he needs lessons. He needs practice, he needs training. If he doesn’t get it, he’ll ruin his voice for one thing. That would be a shame. Countertenors are pretty rare, I think. And the Scottish lady had had voice lessons, not just raw talent.

            I do hope he goes for training, and makes something grand of his voice. I wonder what his complete range is. I wonder if he knows his range. He’s singing high, but what else can he do, or learn to do? I think I’m correct in saying that countertenors can go where they want and do what they want, because there aren’t enough of them. And if he’s got more bottom range, he’ll be in clover. (in terms of a good career, but also in the kinds and amounts of music he’ll get to sing.)

            Thanks for your thoughtful and balanced post. (And the Italian.)

          • http://www.facebook.com/jewel.markess.3 Jewel Markess

             He is singing in a countertenor range, so I don’t really see the need for him to do anything else. He is young, he should get training, learn some technique, gain confidence, work on his diction and expression. There are great countertenors out there, starting from Andreas Scholl, and if he gets lessons he may one day follow in other great countertenors’ footsteps. AGT way may have been quicker, but how many of AGT’s winners or runner-ups had a lasting career? Only a couple. A serious classical music career would last for decades. Countertenors are rarer than other voices, but there are several famous ones around including really good ones like Jose Lemos and Nicholas Spanos who are finding it difficult to break into top theaters, so there is still a lot of competition out there. I guess because the repertory is limited at least in opera – mostly to baroque where there are many roles written for castrati.

            I do have to second Tazz in that I don’t understand the negative comments people have toward trained singers as if they didn’t have natural talent to begin with. Newsflash – all of the trained singers who got to the top professionally had started with a huge raw talent. One cannot even get to major in voice without a great talent, and then there is a huge competition at every step – to get to good voice programs, to go to auditions, competitions, etc. Less than 1% succeed. It may be slightly easier for countertenors, but still, listen to Jose Lemos for example and ask yourself, why he isn’t at the Met.

            As to Andrew de Leon, I do wish him well. He has a lot of raw talent, and his control is very impressive for someone who’s never had classes (assuming it’s true, but it doesn’t matter even if he had classes).

  • Medic704

    I saw Andrew perform the other night and he knocked my socks off!!! The goth stuff only added to his performance. Go all the way Andrew! You got my vote for the winner!

    • Jpcrook

      I’m with you, the goth look added such  drama to an already “I can’t believe I’m hearing this” moment…

      • youngandmature

        love his look, kinda like adam lambert… but adam lambert has been vocally trained since he was about 9, and did lots of performing arts. But andrew… no training, no stage time, i love him

        • ImMz007

          funny that you mentioned Adam Lambert. Andrew is someone that is sweet, sincere, like Adam. Such a sweetheart! Like Adam, I think Andrew will get there..slow and easy, he will get there, as long as he doesn’t change his sweetness. I don’t get gaga over anyone…but I did over Adam, and now almost as much, Andrew. I know who’s good, and he is good.

          good luck Andrew! Stay true to yourself, be stong and you will get there! don’t give up. 

  • Namaste2todos

    As a fan of another “alternative” artist Adam Lambert, I want to thank you for your blog.  I, too, was moved to tears by Andrew’s phenomenal performance. That is as true with the 30th listen as with the 1st which is unfathomable but true.  The ugliness in the comment section of the video of his audition makes me sad. Thank you for shining a light on the problem. :)

  • Scoop64

    I interviewed Andrew for an article in my local newspaper.  I went to school with his Aunt who set up the interview.  Andrew is a sincere young man with great manners.  It’s easy to tell, even over the phone, that he was raised “right” as we say here in Texas.  He is kind of shy but a true gentleman.  Thank you for your generous comments.  I hope that Andrew sees them.

    • Inmemoryofsophie

       The Sophie Lancaster Foundation http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com would like to wish Andrew all the best in the competition. We are saddened to see that the prejudice against alternatives still exists and proud that Andrew has found the most amazing way to express himself. We are a charity in the UK that was set up after the murder of Goth, Sophie, killed by youths for dressing as she chose. We are working to encourage the celebration of “difference” and would like to get intouch with Andrew.

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  • KnottyByNature

    In college, I took a few private lessons.  The teacher was floored because after the first few sessions, he told me that I was actually a female tenor, and my soprano was a falsetto.  He was fascinated by my range.

    I don’t think that it really should be any different for a man.  My voice is dark and warm and the power comes from my chest, and when I sing in my falsetto voice, my entire face rings.  It takes quite a bit of work for it, and I can’t imagine it takes any less for him.

    I hope that someone ‘finds’ him, and that they find a place for his unique talent.

    Who knows?  He looks like he could walk onstage with Evanescence and add some amazing sound to that group, or any other as a start.

    But ideally, I hope that he gets his moment in the spotlight alone.  His sheer bravery to overcome so many obstacles he’s faced merits that.

    • Nanr42

      I’m in a chorale here on the Oregon coast. We have several women tenors. One can sing from high bass to low soprano. Her talking voice is low. It’d be great to have that kind of range. I’m just a soprano I or II.

      • Danitza

        Elvis Presley never had voice training….and look what he became…The King Of Rock…thank you Andrew for sharing your voice with us in the South Pacific…stay true to yourself…you will be blessed,,!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.crook.921 Jackie Crook

    I am still in awe of Andrew Deleon’s performance! I have watched it on Youtube at least 100 times, and everytime I get goosebumps, and am moved to tears. In my 63 years, I don’t think I have ever seen a performance that had such a profound effect on me. He is so charming and unique, with a voice like an angel. His make up is part of who is, celebrate diversity…Don’t change a thing Andrew, be yourself. Does anyone know if he has a support group on Facebook ?

    • Scoop64

      Andrew does not personnally have a Facebook page, but he is keeping up with the internet when he can.

  • Jhuddleston45

    The comment that his voice range was nothing just gives creditablity to his unique gift.  I  enjoyed his talent and his performance.

    • Nanr42

      Who would say his voice range was nothing? Actually, we only know about his high range, because of the song he sang. I’d sure like to hear him sing some more songs, tho, he really has an amazing voice.

  • Nanr42

    Andrew is probably a countertenor. A high one. Usually countertenors can sing the high alto range. He’s singing in the soprano range. This is very rare. I hope he gets voice lessons, though, because there are breathing techniques to support the voice from the diaphragm which prevents you from blowing your voice by singing from the throat. And he might be doing that. But he’s amazingly good, and all the best to him. 

  • Nancye

    Leona:

    Andrew sure passed the goosebump/tear test with me the other night.  Good for him!!!

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  • 154214274

    For Gucci USA years, some of the most artistic and innovative theatre companies have been putting on performances in the round. In the round means that there is no ‘back’ to the stage; your audience is all around, so you have to be certain that you’re always presenting an appealing visual from every side of the stage. This becomes even more complicated because the design must be a good setting for the telling of a story.
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  • Tori Lynn Zoerner

    Does anyone no how to get I touch with him as on Facebook?? I want to congraduate him.

  • Ron F

    I don’t know how many people prejudged Andrew DeLeon because of his looks.  As for the critics, there will always be critics.  It is impossible to be an entertainer or writer without there being critics.  The nice thing is they are easy to ignore.  They don’t diminish the joy of the people who heard him.  As your article points out, almost all the comments were positive” which I find refreshing.  Thanks for posting the article and video.  Since I do not watch any of the entertainment shows I would not have heard of the performance otherwise.

    • LeonaSalazar

      If you don’t believe that people pre-judge people by their looks, please check out Susan Boyle’s first audition on Britain’s Got Talent and look at the faces of the judges and members of the audience before she began to sing. 
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9whxWNI7bE

  • Genann59

    Agree with you, the kid was great. Glad you posted the video, don’t watch tv that much so likely would not have seen it and enjoyed it. And perhaps now that the boy realizes he is not only not a loser, but a kid with wonderful talent, he will no longer need the freak show makeup, which you usually find on kids who feel alone, out of place,and feel they are losers. Love it how the bald guy asked his parents how proud they were and the look on the boy’s face when they said they were so proud of him. Wonderful story all the way around. Hope he really finds himself as everyone else finds him as well.

    • Tori Lynn Zoerner

      The makeup makes him him… Makes him special.. Different. He should not change

  • Jeff

    Thank you for your nice words on one of our Texas kids.  Believe it or not, Andrew fits right in here in the Austin area and we couldn’t be prouder of this guy.  He has a lot of intestinal fortitude inside of him and anyone who has ever stared back at a live audience will tell you it can be the most terrifying experience in life.  Add lights and cameras and judges.  Andrew is a winner.  Totally.

  • Mary

    Andrew was wonderful,it was sad when he said he isn’t good at anything. Well Andrew, you are great at singing and seem like a fine young man. Good luck to you
    you deserve it!!! 

  • Chief98110

    I believe there is an element in our society that’s just
    plain narcissistic and sees nothing but themselves as the center of the
    universe.  Thankfully, I believe they are the exception, but I might be
    wrong. When I see those kind of hateful responses on the internet, I
    visualize the writer sitting in their parents’ basement in a puddle of
    their own urine covered in potato chip droppings.
    To those people I
    say, get out of your parents’ basement, shower and do something positive
    for humanity. You live in the greatest society in history and you’re
    wasting that gift. You will be held accountable by a higher authority.

    • Nanr42

      um, potato chip droppings?

  • KartofflMuter

    What a sweet young man. I wish him all the best. What bravery it took to go out there and perform for the first time ever,in front of all those people. All the best Andrew.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6WARAOZCQF7E76PIEAF7NKYXTM Lynn

    I completely agree! I don’t know much about opera but I know what I like and I really, really loved Andrew. I don’t pay much attention to naysayers and I’m happy to say I haven’t seen that many negative comments about him. I thought it was a heck of a brave thing for him to do, singing opera in front of millions of people. Extremely brave! I wish him much success in whatever he does.

  • Bruce A.

    Well said.  Anybody can be critical.

  • Roger Ward

    De Leon was fabulous …. and his personal backstory was even more so.  Congratulations to him and my best wishes for his future.  As the show is a succession of cuts until they are left with a winner, De Leon will need to up his game each time he appears, particularly in the area of dazzling showmanship.  (This is show business!)  See if you can find any video cuts from the past years of AGT showing Prince Poppycock.  I think De Leon may be more talented …. but Poppycock knew how to stage a presentation.  Again, my best to De Leon.

  • gmanthebrave

    I saw this episode and I am also a trained opera singer, and although I have only sung to a crowd that size twice, I can honestly say it would take a lot more courage to be a man and sing a song that was written for a female, like Andrew did.  There used to be men who sang female roles because when opera began, women weren’t allowed on the stage.  His performance gave me goose bumps as I sat and watched, astonished.  I’m so grateful a Dish co-worker tipped me off to the performance being available on Dish Online; otherwise, I would have missed what is now the talk of the web.  I catch a lot of shows I missed by going to Dish Online, a great resource for finding shows I didn’t even know exist!

  • Jrawl

    Well said.

  • Ron F

    Leona, I am sure some people are surprised.  I looked at the Susan Boyle video and the people shown were a small sampling whom I am sure were included in the video because of the surprise.  I am not sure that there surprise was because of her looks or responses to questions.  I have no idea how many of the audience pre-judged her or Andrew DeLeon.  In the end result, most people appreciated both of their talent.

  • Nanr42

    Yeah, and to be able to breathe well enough to sing at all, let alone to sing that well. I find when I’m nervous, I can’t breathe, and that makes it very hard to sing.