Twelve-year-old violinist and cancer survivor Tyler Butler-Figueroa performed a touching rendition of “What a Wonderful World” during the semifinals round of America’s Got Talent: The Champions (Season 2).
“What a Wonderful World” is a jazz song written by Bob Thiele (as “George Douglas”) and George David Weiss. The song was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released in 1967 as a single. Armstrong’s recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Tyler Butler-Figueroa is one of the acts that advanced to the Finals via the Superfan vote.
Got Talent history: (America’s Got Talent) AGT: S14 – Finalist
Result: Advanced to the Finals (Won Superfan Vote)
AGT Champions 2020 judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Alesha Dixon as well as the audience, gave Tyler a standing ovation for his performance.
Alesha Dixon said it was cool to see the other side of Tyler, after his lively preliminary performance where he danced while playing the violin. She said, “it was just really poignant, a beautiful song, I feel really proud of you. Well done!”
Howie Mandel commented that Tyler’s rendition was “absolutely beautiful, emotional, captivating.” He pointed out that only six acts can go through the Grand Final and wished Tyler good luck.
Simon Cowell said that Tyler is playing “one of the most difficult instruments in the world to play well, let alone play brilliantly.” Simon advised Tyler not to have anyone else on stage when he peforms, if the Superfan vote puts him through the finals. Tyler was with a vocalist who sang some lines of Louis Armstrong’s classic hit during his semifinals performance. Simon concluded, “I would just have you playing the most beautiful song, with that beautiful instrument with that beautiful smile of yours. And then, you could actually win the show this year, Tyler.”
Tyler Butler Figueroa is Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer recipient on Season 14 of “America’s Got Talent.” He touched the hearts and inspired millions of people around the world because of his amazing story. At four years old, Tyler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Looking for a way to express himself after being bullied for his hair loss, Tyler started playing the violin. Inspired by violinist Brian King Joseph from Season 13 of AGT, he started street performing and playing at local events to pay for travel expenses to audition for the show. Tyler is now cancer-free and has been in remission for four years.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions (abbreviated as AGT: The Champions or simply AGTC) is a spin-off of America’s Got Talent (aka AGT), a televised American talent show competition, created by Simon Cowell. The program is produced by Fremantle for the NBC television network, and first premiered on January 7, 2019. The program functions similar to AGT, but involves various participants taken from across both AGT and the Got Talent franchise – including winners, finalists, live round participants and other notable entries – who compete against each other to secure a place in a grand final, in which the winner receives a cash prize and the title of America’s chosen “World Champion” within Got Talent.
The spin-off is hosted by Terry Crews, joined by a panel of judges. At present, the panel consist of America’s Got Talent judges, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel, with Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon joining for the second season.
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