“One of the best moments of my life.” That’s how “America’s Got Talent” host Terry Crews describes the moment from Tuesday’s episode in which he anointed Detroit Youth Choir with his one and only Golden Buzzer of Season 14. In his new interview with NBC (watch above), Terry reveals that he sees himself in the youth group of approximately 50 kids, which is why their high-energy performance of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Can’t Hold Us” made him break down emotionally on national television.
“They hit me with the pop rendition of one of my favorite songs of all time and then they rocked it,” Terry proclaims in the video Q&A. “I mean, they jammed, they danced, the whole thing, and they had me feeling all kinds of emotions. On top of all that, they’re from Detroit. You’re talking about kids who have seen so many painful, hard things in their life. Mr. White, who’s their director, basically has taken these under his wing to give them hope, to give them a future, to let them know that their dreams are valid and possible.”
Terry adds, “It reminded me of me. It reminded me of when I was a kid. I remember when I had just left Flint, Michigan at 18 years old at the time. I actually got on a plane because of my opportunities with football. But all I could think about was these kids don’t have to go through concussions. They don’t have to get their knees blown out. They just have to sing and perform their hearts out and live their dreams. I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I grabbed the mic and I was like, ‘This is my Golden Buzzer.'”
“Detroit Youth Choir, I could not be prouder to be your Golden Buzzer,” Terry says when he addresses the kids directly. “I can’t wait to see you again. You are my family now. I can’t wait to see what song you do next because I know you’re gonna pull it out of the water. Do your thing!” If you have ideas for what song they should perform in the “AGT” live shows at the Dolby Theatre, be sure to let us know down in the comments section.
Just before their viral performance in Tuesday’s episode, choir director Anthony White informed “America’s Got Talent” judges Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell that he’s been the leader of Detroit Youth Choir for more than 21 years. “We’re here to let the world know that we have some wonderful young people in the city of Detroit,” he told them. “They all have great grades and they’re all talented.” If you missed the tissue-grabbing Golden Buzzer moment, you can watch it right here.