NC Boy Performs on America's Got Talent

Carla Harmon
June 13, 2019

"Wow. I just wanna commend you for taking something that's probably been one of the hardest things you'll ever have to go through and turning it around and finding something that brings you joy", Julianne Hough told him.

Tyler Butler-Figueroa, an 11-year-old cancer survivor, earned the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell in "America's Got Talent" in an episode which aired yesterday, June 11. "I said 'Something doesn't look right with Tyler'".

Before his performance, Tyler told the judges that he nearly died after he was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of four, and was bullied because of the disease.

On the show, each judge gets one Golden Buzzer press per season, allowing them to immediatelyy send an act to the next round in the competition.


"I started playing the violin when I was seven and a half", said Tyler.

"They used to make fun of me and laugh at me", Tyler said of the other kids at school.

After his moving performance, which earned him a standing ovation, the judges asked Tyler how he was feeling now that his audition performance was over.

"You are an extraordinary young man", Simon marveled.


She said her son was pale.

For his performance on America's Got Talent, Butler-Figueroa played Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" on the violin.

"They all wanted to stay away from me", he said. "When I play the violin, it helps me forget about all the bad stuff. And I think you have such an fantastic talent, such a personality, and I would like to say something on your behalf to the bullies".

"America's Got Talent" is now on its 14th season.


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