It’s Tuesday, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for another “America’s Got Talent” Golden Buzzer!
This time around, host Terry Crews got in on the dream-making by pushing his button for Detroit Youth Choir, a “community-based choir,” stated director Anthony White. “We have a lot of inner-city kids. Some of them have bad home situations or they can be in the street — there’s violence. We give them something positive to come and be a part of.” The singers put an original spin on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Can’t Hold Us” and had the new host in tears as he slammed his hand down on the Golden Buzzer. Watch the “AGT” performance video above.
Before the choir headed out to the biggest stage in the world, Terry explained to them, “People like you are the reason I am where I am right now. Let me tell you, all it takes is one person to believe that you can do it. You have that, and that’s more than so many people have on this earth.”
Anthony informed Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell that he’s been the choir director for more than 21 years, explaining, “We’re here to let the world know that we have some wonderful young people in the city of Detroit. They all have great grades and they’re all talented.” The approximately 50 members of the youth group then gave a rousing edition of “Can’t Hold Us,” including several rap solos and lots of choreographed jumping and dancing.
After the judges’ unanimous praises, Terry jumped out on stage unexpectedly. “Wait, wait, wait,” he proclaimed while weeping tears of joy. “I have to tell you, every young man and woman on this stage represents me and where I came from. I remember sitting at my window in Flint, Michigan dreaming and wanting to make it and wanting to be here. They did so well … that I have to do this!” Terry then walked over and slammed his hand on the Golden Buzzer, showering the entire choir in golden confetti.
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “The Detroit Youth Choir was the last act of the evening, taking the stage together in their large group. They began their performance with a beautiful harmonization of their voices, but then erupted into energetic dancing and rap verses by a handful of members. They kept their synchronicity throughout the performance and created an atmosphere unlike any other choir on the show has before. Naturally the judges and audience burst into deafening applause at the close. All four of the judges loved how fresh they were, but before any of them could cast their votes Terry came on stage in tears to explain how the choir is a representation of him and where he came from. His words touched the choir emotionally so when he climbed the dais, the entire room knew what was going to happen–the Golden Buzzer!”