Simon Cowell jumps up to hit golden buzzer after hearing man's incredible voice

Jun 28, 2018
08:17 A.M.

Michael Ketterer, a father-of-six from Orange County, impressed everyone at America's Got Talent with his rendition of To Love Somebody.


The show’s official YouTube channel shared the clip on June 5, 2018.

There are only a few talented people who could make Simon Cowell stop in his tracks and take notice. It did happen when Ketterer sang on AGT, forcing Cowell to do something out of the ordinary.

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When the man arrived on stage, he seemed nervous and shy.

Ketterer spoke to the judges about his children. Many of his six children came from the foster care system.

Source: YouTube

Source: YouTube

The pediatric mental health nurse was originally from Tennessee but now lives in Orange County, California.


He wanted to appear on the show, not for any reward or recognition but to inspire his family.

Source: YouTube

Source: YouTube

By following his dream, he wanted to show his children that they achieve anything they put their mind to and that nothing was impossible for them.

He said, "When you're surviving, you can't dream. And that has been one of the most rewarding things, providing them with a home and a safe environment, where they're free to dream."

Source: YouTube

Source: YouTube


Ketterer added that being a foster parent had been rewarding.

He began singing the Bee Gee's song To Love Somebody, with his wife and six children watching him proudly from the sidelines.

Source: YouTube

Source: YouTube

As he ended his song, the audience broke into a huge round of applause. Cowell had a smile pasted on his face, while searched for the right words to praise his rousing, impassioned rendition.

Then, the judge got up and slammed the Golden Buzzer which sent Ketterer into the next round. It was the second Golden Buzzer of season 13.


The first of the season was host Tyra Banks' when she send an Australian acrobatic dance group to the live round the previous week.

Cowell then called his family on stage for a round of hugs and congratulations. Addressing Ketterer, he said there was something special about his voice.

He added that the performer deserved the Golden Buzzer because everything had fallen into place and was "perfect."

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