Child violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa returned to the “America’s Got Talent” stage Tuesday night for his last chance at impressing America before the Season 14 finale. The 11-year-old took on a cover of Destiny’s Child‘s “Survivor” as a way to reference his own battles with cancer, and judge Simon Cowell made special mention of how Beyonce personally cleared the song for use on NBC’s reality TV show. Do you think Tyler will join the “AGT” winners list? Watch the performance video above, read the judges’ comments below and then make your predictions before Wednesday’s finale.
Simon Cowell: “Tyler, I am bursting with pride for you right now and that film just says way more than I could ever say the impact you’ve had. And I also wanna thank somebody. You may not know this, but Beyonce personally cleared that song for you to sing. That is so gracious, and thank you so much for helping make one of the most special contestant’s dreams come true on the most important night of his life. Tyler, you’ve got a shot here.”
Howie Mandel: “There isn’t anything that I can say to add to that except the word pride. I am so proud and so inspired to be here witnessing this. America is gonna have a tough choice. You are worthy of being here, you are worthy of winning, and you are winning in life.”
Gabrielle Union: “Listen, that was the best performance. He saved the best for last. You were absolutely incredible. And the fact that Queen Bee, Beyonce, blessed you? I mean, listen, Tyler, you did it kid, you really did it.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “Violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa was treated to a montage of other kids who have been inspired by him on the show before showcasing his talent one last time. Tonight he served up a super cool rendition of the Destiny’s Child song ‘Survivor,’ a song that fits well with this story as a cancer survivor, but also presented a hip and beat-heavy performance that can often be missed in instrumentals. He truly is a star in the way that he performs, using the entire stage and incorporating choreography while still playing masterfully. Not only did Simon tell Tyler how proud he is (he was Simon’s Golden Buzzer act), but he also informed him that Beyonce personally cleared the use of the song!”
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