Mike Yung, who gained fame on “America’s Got Talent” 2017 because of his backstory as a singer on the subway, belted out Sam Cooke‘s “A Change Is Gonna Come” on Tuesday’s Judge Cuts 3 episode. Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and guest judge Laverne Cox (Emmy-nominated for “Orange is the New Black”) were so impressed with the so-called “subway singer” that they rewarded him with a spot in the live shows. Watch Mike Yung’s performance above.
“When I’m in the subway, I treat every day like I’m at Madison Square Garden,” Yung told the “AGT” judges about his dreams of one day being a successful singer. “So now I’m on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and that dream might come true.”
After his powerful rendition of the classic song about equality, the judges began their unanimous praises for the 57-year-old singer. Cowell started, “This is what I love about this show. There are no age limits. There are no rules. I applaud the fact that you have paid your dues. You have such a great heart, such a great talent, this has been amazing yet again.”
“I love you,” added Cox, a special guest judge for Season 12. “There is so much life experience in your voice. This is your moment. Anything is possible and I think that is really what you represent for me.”
Mandel noted, “You said that your dream is to one day play at the Garden. You know, Madison Square Garden is what, 20 thousand people? You’ve just played to 50 million people. So your dreams are already coming true.”
Besides Yung, the other six acts to go through to the live rounds of “Americas Got Talent” 2017 are Golden Buzzer recipient Celine Tam, Oscar Hernandez, Brobots and Mandroidz, Diavolo, Billy and Emily England and Preacher Lawson. Do you think Yung will go on to win Season 12? (See the “AGT” winners list.) Sound off about all things “AGT” down in the comments section.
Mike Yung’s family has started a GoFundMe account to raise funds for rent so they can remain in their home. Here is the link if you wish to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/mikeyungnyc.