The Detroit Youth Choir has become an internet sensation after wowing the audience, including show host Terry Crews, with their “America’s Got Talent” performance and earning the coveted Golden Buzzer.
According to Anthony White, who has been the choir director for “a little over 21 years,” the group’s mission is to show that “young people from Detroit can be somebody,” and that they did on Tuesday.
The choir started backstage on a happy note, with Crews introducing himself as a Flint, Michigan native. The kids then went onstage to show the world what they can do.
Their chosen song was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hit song “Can't Hold Us,” and the choristers began on a solemn note. In no time, however, the Detroit Youth Choir proved this was not about to be your classic choir rendition. The kids segued into a combination of rap and upbeat choreography that proved to be pure magic.
Crews eagerly moved to the beat, as did AGT judges Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union. The audience also erupted into cheers and applause as the choir knocked the 2013 song out of the park.
“This was your moment!” returning judge Howie Mandel told the group. “The dancing and the singing and the rapping; it’s so much more than you’ll expect from any other choir. I love you!”
Hough described their performance as “so fresh” while Union called it “absolute brilliance.”
Simon Cowell, the show’s creator with a reputation of being hard to impress, couldn’t hold back his approval, admitting that the Detroit Youth Choir might have a shot at being the first choir ever to win AGT.
But perhaps the most moved by the children’s performance was Crews, who saw himself in every choir member on stage.
The actor interrupted the judges as they were about to vote on taking the choir to the next round of auditions. With tears in his eyes, Crews said:
“I have to tell you. Every young man and woman on this stage represents me and where I came from. I remember sitting at my window in Flint, Michigan dreaming and wanting to make it and wanting to be here – and they are here. And they did so well!”
“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, sir!” Crews addressed the choir director before hitting the Golden Buzzer and sending the group to the live shows.
In the end, the judges and the audience also had tears in their eyes.
So far, the 14th season of “America’s Got Talent” has showcased some incredibly talented individuals who have been rewarded by the judges.
22-year-old singer Kodi Lee, who is blind and autistic, earned Union’s first-ever Golden Buzzer for his breathtaking singing and piano skills.
11-year-old cancer survivor Tyler Butler-Figueroa also made headlines recently after he got a Golden Buzzer hit from none other than Cowell himself.