The premiere of Season 9 of "America's Got Talent" wasted no time proving the truth of the series title when producers made certain 9-year-old Adrian Romoff stepped out on stage and not only won the judges over with his enthusiasm and precociousness but also his ability to play piano.
As reported by Yahoo TV May 27, the little guy wowed everyone with his piano-playing skills on Tuesday night's season premiere of "America's Got Talent." Judge Howard Stern was a little bit of a hard sell at first but a second run at the keyboard and young Adrian had four yeses and an invite to the next round in the competition.
You knew Adrian Romoff was a serious contender from the start. In the video clip run-up to his performance, young Adrian said he played with emotion and said that that was why no robot would ever be able to do what he does at the piano.
And then he skipped -- yes, skipped -- out onto the stage...
The judges immediately loved him. He was well-spoken and his confidence were appealing. His honesty was infectious, like when he told Judge Howie Mandel that he had been playing piano since he was a little boy. When he impressed the judges with his grade level (he's in the eighth grade), Judge Mel B noted that he must be smart. His answer? "According to reality, yes!" And when she said it was okay to brag, he insisted, "It's the truth!" (Or, as Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson once said in an interview, "It ain't bragging if you can do it.")
The kid was on fire...
Howie noted that he would be in college in just three years. Adrian countered by telling him he had already completed the ninth grade and would skip up to the tenth grade next year. Howie's jaw dropped. "You'll be in college in two years?" Adrian responded: "Correct."
And the live audience was eating it up...
So Adrian sits down behind the keyboard and quickly slips into a runaway version of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Flight of the Bumble Bee." Just seconds into the performance, Adrian jumped to his feet, his stool flying behind him. He slid his hands across the keys, he threw up his arm like a piano-pounding rocker. And he played like a virtuoso.
Judges mouths turned into big O's. Adrian Romoff was the real deal.
Still, Judge Howard Stern wasn't completely convinced that young Adrian, who he admitted was talented, wasn't helped a bit by the backing track. So the 9-year-old asked if he'd like for him to play another song. Howard said he would.
So Adrian seated himself again and played a delicate classical piece without a backing track.
That was enough to convince Howard Stern. No doubt everyone watching at home was just as convinced -- if they had had doubts at all.
And so began the auditions for Season 9 of "America's Got Talent." Before the night was done, there would be singers, dancers, comedians, acrobats and all kinds of assorted acts -- just what you've come to expect from the talent show. But none impressed like the 9-year-old prodigy.
"America's Got Talent" Season 9 will air on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. (EST) on NBC Television.