America's Got Talent: Sofia Vergara tearfully tells poet she can 'feel' his pain
Sofia Vergara was nearly brought to tears by memories of her brother's murder as she listened to a spoken-word poet on Tuesday's episode of America's Got Talent.
All of the show's auditions were filmed without an audience, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but even in an empty room, Brandon Leake made an impact.
In a piece he'd written about his infant sister's death, Brandon, 27, described 'the cost of love,' explaining that he often liked to imagine she was still alive.
'If this pain and these memories are all that I got left of you, I won't never regret these scars from just trying to hold onto you,' he added, as Howie Mandel, 64, applauded.
Sofia, 47, tearfully told Brandon that she thought his poem was 'very beautiful.'
'My brother passed away the same year that your sister passed away,' she revealed, referring to her older sibling Rafael, who was murdered in a 1998 kidnapping attempt, when he was 27.
'I can feel your pain,' she said. 'I know what this is. I know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you knowing.'
Brandon, AGT's first-ever spoken word artist, was affected by what Sofia said, and shocked when Howie then pressed his Golden Buzzer for him.
'It's amazing to me that on season 15, it's the first time that we're hearing somebody of spoken word,' said
Howie, who called what Brandon had done 'just being a human, a capella.'
'No music, no nothing—just a raw heart beating in front of us,' the comedian marveled. 'We feel your pain, we feel your love, and you moved me to do this.'
He pushed the buzzer, unleashing a flood of golden confetti from the studio's rafters as Brandon spun around in disbelief.
When host Terry Crews, 51, asked Brandon how he was feeling, the young man—who had a new baby and a day job as a college counselor—said he was 'Ecstatic. Y'all don't even know.'
'My daughter was just born, and the only thing that I've been thinking about is, ''Man, I don't want time to slip by being at this 9-to-5 while she's at home growing'',' he explained. 'Like, this is my shot.'
'Brandon,' judge Simon Cowell, 60, said, joining him onstage. 'Can I have an elbow?'
He bumped elbows with Brandon, as did Sofia, and Howie pointed at him in recognition.