Brian King Joseph, a 27-year-old electric violinist, played his way to the “America’s Got Talent” live shows on Tuesday’s Judge Cuts 4 episode. Despite being diagnosed with a nerve disease that takes away the feeling of his hands and feet, “AGT” judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and Chris Hardwick found no flaws in his performance of Coldplay‘s “Something Just Like This.” Are you happy that Brian is going to the live shows? Watch the “Americas Got Talent” performance video above and then read the judges’ comments below.
Mel: “I know that you’re in so much pain, yet you’re so happy and you’re fighting through. I love a fighter and I love you and you’re a great performer. You’re a big inspiration.”
Chris: “I have to say, you are in true defiance of your condition and you do not let it define you. The pain that you must have been in, and you did it with a smile. I’m so happy to have been able to experience this moment with you. Thank you so much.”
Heidi: “I think it is so fresh the way you play the violin. I want to see you in the live shows because I want America to see you and be able to vote for you.”
Simon: “Brian, you know what’s important? People who’ve had massive success doing what you’re doing have done so because they’re technically brilliant [and] because they have unbelievable personality. And that’s what you have. It’s not just the sound, it’s watching you that makes it work.”
Howie: “You know, you can see the passion and the ecstasy of just being able to do what you do in your face. Listen, you did step it up.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty declared, “The first act to strive to do that was electric violinist Brian King Joseph, who if you remember suffers from a rare nerve disease that is slowly decreasing the feeling in his hands and feet. Tonight he was accompanied by a pianist, but managed to keep the spotlight on him with an effervescent stage presence and engaging persona for a instrumentalist. The judges served him with a standing ovation and thanked him for his persistence, passion, talent and humble personality.”