Fourteen-year-old rapper Flau’jae announced at the start of Tuesday’s Judge Cuts 4 episode of “America’s Got Talent” that she wanted to continue her father’s legacy after he was gunned down. She wrote an original song about her life, “I Can’t Lose,” and “AGT” judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel were all impressed. But it was guest judge Chris Hardwick who was moved enough to press his Golden Buzzer for the young rapper. As Flau-jae was covered in golden confetti, host Tyra Banks announced that she was going straight to the live shows. Watch the “Americas Got Talent” performance video above and read the judges’ comments below.
Mel: “Oh gosh! I just think that the way that you write, it comes from the heart. I like you and I love you and you’re brilliant.”
Howie: “Wow. You are a wow. It’s not somebody who wrote a song, it’s not somebody who sings a song, it’s somebody who lives a song and teaches us a lesson. You’re a star. What a wonderful moment.”
Simon: “You know what, Flau’jae? Here’s the good news. We provide a platform, you do the hard work. I’m not an expert but I think you, the lyrics, the tracks, everything feels real. And I don’t say that a lot of the time. I really like you and I’m thrilled that you came on this show.”
Chris: “I’m blown away and I was blown away by your audition. I mean, I have goosebumps and I’m shaking a little bit. I want to tell you something. At 14 years old you have the kind of authenticity and honesty that some artists never achieve in their entire lives. You were not given a chance to have a relationship with your father. You were not given a chance then. And I want to make sure you get a chance now.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty summarized, “14-year old rapper Flau’jae took the stage next for another original song, ‘I Can’t Lose,’ about what she’s been through in life. After performing she was emotional as she listens to her critiques–Mel loving that she raps from the heart, Howie saying ‘wow’ and calling her a star, and Simon telling her that everything about her act feels real. As if that wasn’t enough, Chris decided that she was good enough to make sure she has a chance to succeed and so he hit his golden buzzer for her!”