A 20-year-old pizza delivery driver from Long Island, New York, stunned the audience and judges of "America’s Got Talent" with his amazing voice (video below).
The NBC reality competition show saved the best for last when it introduced college student Sal Valentinetti to the stage.
No one was expecting the crooner to belt out a perfect rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” The audience was so moved he received a standing ovation. Judge Heidi Klum hit her Golden Buzzer, fast-tracking him to the quarterfinals.
The YouTube video of Valentinetti’s performance garnered over a million hits in less than 48 hours, according to Newsday.
“My phone’s been buzzing off my nightstand,” said Valentinetti, who delivers pizzas for his cousin's restaurant. “Twitter is blowing up, Instagram is blowing up, Facebook is blowing up. I’m elated, I’m overjoyed.”
The gifted singer says his late grandmother was responsible for cultivating his love for the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin.
“When she passed away, the music is all I really had to remember her by,” said Valentinetti. “It grew into singing in the shower. The music inspired me to try my talent out.”
Every other Thursday night, Valentinetti sings timeless, classic songs like “The Way You Look Tonight” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” while customers enjoy entrees and cocktails at the pizza restaurant.
“I caught him on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and it was the best thing I ever saw, so I had to come down,” said 69-year-old Mary Jane Piscitelli, of East Meadow, New York. “He does our kind of music -- very enjoyable.”
“I just love him. I like that he’s really fun and that he’s into his music,” says 16-year-old Kealee Hohmann, of Oyster Bay, New York.
Valentinetti also competed on season 14 of “American Idol.” Since his “America’s Got Talent” audition, the Italian-American crooner has lost 50 pounds by working with a personal trainer.
“I’m taking this very seriously,” Valentinetti said. “I want to entertain America for the rest of my life. This is my calling. I will prove to people that I want it more than anybody else on that stage.”