Simon Cowell has hit the golden buzzer several times over the past few years both on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent but his latest one may have had the biggest impact.
Tuesday’s AGT saw the 59-year-old hit the Golden Buzzer for 11-year-old violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa who was diagnosed with Leukemia at four years old.
“I started playing the violin when I was 7½. I wanted to start playing the violin because I was being bullied in school. It’s because I had cancer, I almost died,” Tyler told the judges.
The musician wowed the judges with his stunning rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger”, getting Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, and Cowell on their feet as well as the audience.
Following the performance, the judges had praise for the 11-year-old but none was bigger than Cowell’s.
“You are an extraordinary young man. We hear too many stories of people being bullied, but I could tell you one thing: Most people are bullied because they’re better than the people who bully them,” Cowell said.
“I think you have such amazing talent, such a personality. I would love to say something on your behalf to the bullies,” Simon added before hitting the Golden Buzzer.
As the confetti rained down, Tyler’s mother joined him on stage and to give him a big hug as Cowell came up to congratulate him.
“I feel very proud of myself,” Tyler said.
Tyler joins Gabrielle Union’s Golden Buzzer act Kodi Lee and Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer Joseph Allen in the live shows later this year. Judge Julianne Hough and host Terry Crews have yet to hit their buzzers.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC in the US and streams on Netflix in the UK.