The New Jackie Evancho: Amira Willighagen Sings 'Ave Maria,' Advances to Finals of 'Holland's Got Talent'

By Louise Burton on Dec 22, 2013 10:28 PM EST

Nine-year-old singer Amira Willighagen gave a beautiful performance of Ave Maria on the semi-finals of Holland's Got Talent last night, even though she was suffering from a bad cold in the days leading up to the event. Her performance impressed the judges and won her a place in the finals of the talent show, to be held next week.

Amira was dressed in a sparkling white satin dress, with a garland of white flowers in her hair. Holding her hands as if praying, and surrounded by beams of white light, she looked positively angelic as she sang.

Amira's many supporters in the audience held signs emblazoned with her name. The judges appeared to be thrilled with her performance, and Juror Gordon even stood on his desk to applaud her.

Her brother Vincent presented Amira with a bouquet of red roses after her performance.

When Amira auditioned for Holland's Got Talent back in October, she sang Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro." The video of her audition has been viewed by more than 12 million people on YouTube, making it the sixth most watched video of 2013.

Amira will compete next week on the finals of Holland's Got Talent for the grand prize: a gig in Las Vegas.

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