Disclosure time: Fernando Varela is our founder’s brother and Papi Julio’s son, and ever since the Varela family has been sharing news about Fernando’s career, the rest of the Latino Rebels have been huge supporters of this incredible talent. Born in Puerto Rico, Fernando auditioned with FORTE last night on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and let’s just say this: the trio rocked it. Just rocked it.
Here are two videos from last night’s auditions. No surprise that the group is off to Las Vegas for the show’s second round.
By the way, last night all the Rebeldes were talking about when Fernando gave fellow FORTE member Josh Page a little lesson about Puerto Rico. How many times have we heard that question before? Fernando’s simple answer probably educated not only Page, but millions of other Americans watching the show.
We do want to take a moment and congratulate FORTE on a great audition. This IS what America is all about.
By the way, the show’s judges loved it:
Forte just met a few days before and came up with that stunning performance. Can you imagine what they will put together for Las Vegas? #AGT
— Heidi Klum (@heidiklum) June 26, 2013
— Howie Mandel (@howiemandel) June 26, 2013
As one outlet wrote:
There’s music groups that have been together forever — and then there’s Forte.
The trio shocked the “America’s Got Talent” judges on Tuesday by performing together for an audience for the first time EVER.
The singers, who met initially via the Internet and then in person for the first time just days before their audition, proved that much practice wasn’t needed to make perfect.
After a standing ovation for their beautiful opera-style vocals, Howie Mandel quipped, “A Hispanic, a Korean, a New Yorker walk into a bar and record a giant hit record.”
You guys are phenomenal,” he added.
Said Heidi Klum, “This is what I love about AGT. You just never know who’s gonna walk into next.”
Mel B agreed, saying, “I did not expect that. All three of you sounded amazing in that song. I loved it.”
“There’s something exciting about the whole thing,” noted Howard Stern. “It feels new and fresh.”