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America’s Got Talent 2013 Auditions: Gay Opera Singer Branden James

America’s Got Talent 2013, Chicago Auditions — Branden James
Up next on week 5 of America's Got Talent is 34-year-old opera singer Branden James. Growing up in a very conservative and traditional family, Branden opens about the struggles he’s dealt with because he’s gay. His mother open disapproves of his sexuality, but continues to show her love in the best way she can — including coming out to support his audition for AGT.

Judges Comments:
Howard: Chicago knows talent and I think this town just really got excited about your skill.
Heidi: I had goose pimples all over my body!
Melanie: You started singing and I was like, “Holy schiznotts!” That’s incredible!
Howie: You, sir, are great! [To Branden’s mom] You should be very proud. Not only is incredibly passionate and a wonderful talent, he is going to inspire people beyond this show. You have created a gem.

Do you think Branden James can make it to the finals?

07.2.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Jager Weatherby
Related: American Idol, America's Got Talent

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