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“America’s Got Talent” Runner-Up to Sing in Peoria


When Barbara Padilla auditioned for America's Got Talent in 2009, one judge called her performance of Charles Gounod's Ave Maria "the best vocal performance in the history of the show." Having dreamed of becoming an opera singer, she now proudly accepts the label of crossover artist, and her first CD is due out shortly. Barbara Padilla will perform with the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Peoria on Saturday, and she'll be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local."