Standing on stage with the lights flickered down to resemble rain falling, Rigacci sings Whitney Houston’s classic, “I Will Always Love You.” Within the first few seconds of the song, the judges are blown away by this songstress’s incredible voice. She commands the stage with stunning poise and emotion. By the end of the performance, the entire audience rises to their feet to give her a well-deserved standing ovation.
When eleven-year-old Serena Rigacci stepped on stage to perform on Next Star, it was déjà vu. This little girl had been dreaming of this moment for her entire life, and she was set to sing her favorite song.