A young cancer survivor blew the “America’s Got Talent” judges away Tuesday night.
11-year-old Tyler Butler-Figueroa from North Carolina, revealed how he’d taken up the violin to find a way of distracting himself after being diagnosed with leukemia.
Butler-Figueroa told judges Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, Howie Mandel, and Gabrielle Union how losing his hair and being sick led to him being bullied.
The youngster shared, “I would just practise in my bedroom and the more I did it the better I got. When I play the violin, he helps me forget the bad stuff.”
He then blew the judges away with his incredible violin skills as Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” played in the background.
After the performance, Cowell told Butler-Figueroa that bullies usually pick on people who are better than they are; he then pressed that all-important Golden Buzzer.
One viewer watching the performance was none other than Kelly Clarkson, who reached out to Butler-Figueroa with a sweet tweet declaring, “I hope we get the chance to perform together one day!”
See Butler-Figueroa’s reaction in the clip above.