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WATCH: Youth choir brings ‘America’s Got Talent’ host Terry Crews to tears, achieves Golden Buzzer

/ 03:23 PM June 19, 2019
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The Detroit Youth Choir with director Anthony White received the Golden Buzzer from host Terry Crews in a recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” which aired Tuesday, June 18. Image: Screengrab from YouTube/America’s Got Talent

A youth choir from Detroit, United States secured the Golden Buzzer in an episode of talent show “America’s Got Talent” which aired Tuesday, June 18.

The Detroit Youth Choir won the Golden Buzzer from host Terry Crews with their acapella and dance rendition of the hit song “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Before their performance, Crews said the choir reminded him of how he started out in showbiz.

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According to choir director Anthony White, the Detroit Youth Choir is a community-based choir made up of children from the streets, broken families and violent backgrounds.

“Mr. White knows things that Detroit children go through, so he is able to help us feel safe and fix those things through music or dance,” a member of the choir said.

Judges Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, Gabrielle Union and Howie Mandel, as well as the audience, gave the choir a standing ovation. Crews, who was holding back his tears backstage, suddenly went up when Mandel was about to cast his vote.

“Every young man and woman on this stage represents me, and where I came from,” Crews said. “I remember sitting in my window in Flint, Michigan dreaming, ‘I wanna make it, I want to be here’ and they are here, and they did so well that I have to do this.”

“Let me tell you something Mr. White, all it takes is one person to believe in a young man or woman for them to reach their dreams and you are that man,” he exclaimed as he pressed the Golden Buzzer, sending the choir straight to AGT’s live show.

The Golden Buzzer was established in the ninth season of the show where each judge can automatically move a contestant to the live show. From season 11 onwards, the host can press the Golden Buzzer as well.

Other contestants given the Golden Buzzer in the show’s 14th season are violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, singer-pianist Kodi Lee and singer Joseph Allen. NVG

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