Johnny Manuel performs on ‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017 live show: ‘And I Am Telling You’ brings out singer’s diva side [WATCH]

Popular singer Johnny Manuel performed Tuesday night during the Quarterfinals 2 episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. After previously belting out ballads like Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing” and Stevie Wonder‘s “Lately,” this time Manuel brought out his diva side with a cover of “And I Am Telling You” from “Dreamgirls.” Watch Johnny Manuel’s “Americas Got Talent” performance above from NBC’s reality TV show.

At the conclusion of Manuel’s performance, all four “AGT” judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel — jumped to their feet in a rousing standing ovation. It’s a stark contrast to the last time he performed back in the Judge Cuts round, when Cowell told him he didn’t like his song choice and ordered him to perform something else.

This time around, Cowell praised, “I was on my feet. I mean this as an absolutely compliment: you are a diva. This is what you do so well. You were absolutely probably in the wrong lane earlier on, you’ve had the disappointments. You’ve been okay, up until now. This was your moment. If I was producing a Broadway show right now and I’m looking for that big male diva vocal lead, it would be you, Johnny.”

The other “AGT” judges were definitely in agreement. Mandel declared, “Tonight’s show just started.” Klum lamented, “Boy, was Seal right when he pushed that Golden Buzzer for you.” And Mel B simply shouted, “Amazing!” What did you think about Manuel’s performance of “And I Am Telling You”? Sound off down in the comments section.

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