America’s Got Talent saw its Judge Cuts round conclude on Tuesday night and they saved one of the most inspiring Golden Buzzers for last.
14-year-old rapper Flau’jae impressed and moved guest judge Chris Hardwick so much, he sent her straight into the live show rounds, which begin next week. His golden buzzer was a third of four featuring a singing contestant.
The aspiring rapper wants to continue the legacy of her father, Camouflage, who was murdered before she was born in 2003. Flau’jae performed her own original song ‘I Can’t Lose’ and it bought everyone to their feet.
“My whole goal is to continue my father’s legacy,” said Flau’jae. “I feel like he died too early.”
While judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all praised the teen, it was Hardwick who had the highest praise of all.
“I’m blown away, and I was blown away by your audition. I have goosebumps, and I’m shaking a little bit,” he said. “At 14 years old, you have the kind of authenticity and honesty that some artists never achieve in their entire lives.”
“You were not given a chance to have a relationship with your father. You were never given a chance then. I want to make sure you get a chance now.”
He then pressed the Golden Buzzer as a shower of golden confetti rained down. She fell to her knees in tears as she realized what happened as Hardwick came on stage for a hug.
She joined Quin and Misha, along with choirs Angel City Chorale and Voices of Hope as the three Golden Buzzer acts from the judge cuts round.
Other acts that made it into the live shows on Tuesday included Da Republik, Brian King Joseph, Lord Nil, Glennis Grace, Samuel J. Comroe and Yumbo Dump.
America’s Got Talent airs on NBC in the US and streams on Netflix in the UK.