Simon Cowell‘s Golden Buzzer, 11-year-old violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, made his triumphant return to “America’s Got Talent” during Tuesday’s Quarterfinals 2 episode. The cancer survivor took on Swedish House Mafia‘s “Don’t You Worry Child” for his live performance and had Simon raving about how “inspirational” and “current” it was. The judges all praised Tyler not just for his song choice, but for the way he inspires people all across the nation. Will America vote this act through to the Season 14 Semifinals? Watch the “AGT” performance video above, read the judges’ comments below and then make your predictions before Wednesday’s results episode.
Simon Cowell: “Forget my Golden Buzzer, it’s America’s Golden Buzzer! Tyler, hashtag amazing, inspirational, current. Such a great person, such a great talent, such a great moment, such a great choice of song. I pray off the back of this one of the big DJs, who are earning a fortune by the way, should come on this show with you if you make the final and make the most incredible record together.”
Howie Mandel: “Not only your talent, but who you are is really inspirational, and the hurdles that you’ve had to go through in life that no person, let alone a child, should go through. It’s just amazing. You showing up is an amazing talent and people should vote you through just for being here. But you’re wonderful, we enjoyed you, and thank you so much.”
Gabrielle Union: “I think the awesome thing about you Tyler is that I think you just inspired a nation full of kids to put down their controller and to pick up an instrument. Because you might end up on the world’s biggest stage killing it. Great job, Tyler.”
Julianne Hough: “It’s one thing to be an incredible artist, but usually incredible artists are incredible human beings. I’ve been watching you on social media and just the world and what you do to give back to people and going into those hospitals, that is what makes a long-lasting artist.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the live performance: “And to cap off the trio of Golden Buzzer acts, Tyler Butler-Figueroa followed with his violin performance. Compared to the rest of the acts tonight, Tyler was lively and took control over the stage and his performance. The judges were enthusiastic for his performance and personality, considering him one of the likely favorites among the audience.”
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