In his first post-“America’s Got Talent” interview (watch above), 11-year-old violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa told NBC, “I was confident that I was gonna get a ‘yes’ to go to the next level, but I never thought I would get the Golden Buzzer.” Tyler was selected by “AGT” producer/judge Simon Cowell as his Golden Buzzer pick for Season 14 following his performance of Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” in Tuesday night’s episode. Simon was moved by the boy’s story about how he overcame being bullied in school after he was diagnosed with leukemia.
Tyler, who has now been in remission for four years, reiterated in his Q&A, “Simon was telling me to not let bullies stop me from what I’m doing in life.” We have a feeling that all of these so-called bullies will be changing their tune ASAP following Tyler’s viral moment on NBC’s reality TV show.
“When the gold was falling it just felt like it was in slow motion,” Tyler later stated. “I was just crying. I gave my mom a hug. It just feels like a dream come true.” Tyler now jumps ahead to the live shows at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood where he’ll compete against all of the others who make it past the dreaded Judge Cuts.
Simon called the talented tyke an “extraordinary young man” for persevering against all odds. “We hear too many stories about people being bullied and I can tell you one thing: most people are bullied because they’re better than the people who bully them. I think you have such an amazing talent, such a personality.”
Tyler is now the third act from “America’s Got Talent” Season 14 to earn a coveted Golden Buzzer, following young rapper Joseph Allen (Howie Mandel‘s pick) and blind/autistic singer Kodi Lee (Gabrielle Union‘s choice). Two more Golden Buzzer acts will be awarded in the next couple of weeks, from judge Julianne Hough and host Terry Crews.