Young violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa was a finalist on the most recent season of “America’s Got Talent”, and the 12-year-old phenom returned on Monday to lay it down for “AGT: The Champions”.
The recipient of Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer, Figueroa-Brown performed a rousing cover of Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up”.
Prior to taking to the stage, Butler-Figeroa spoke about his “AGT” journey in a pre-taped interview package.
“It changed my life a lot,” he explained. “It’s been amazing, but a really long journey to get here.”
While declaring the Golden Buzzer to be “a dream come true,” he said that in his new performance he’s aiming to prove to Cowell that he didn’t make a mistake giving him the Golden Buzzer last year. “I want to show him that I am a champion,” he said.
Diagnosed with leukemia when he was just four, Butler-Figueroa has been in remission for four years, and hopes to be seen as an inspiration for others facing personal struggles.
“It was just a hard moment for me,” he said of his “AGT” elimination, but added that he still receives “fan mail from different people saying I inspire them to keep fighting.”