'America's Got Talent' host Terry Crews gets emotional and hits Golden Buzzer for Detroit Youth Choir
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/19/2019
America's Got Talent featured the fourth Golden-Buzzer recipient, Detroit Youth Choir, during Tuesday night's Season 14 episode on NBC.
Detroit Youth Choir, a community-based choir featuring many inner-city kids from the streets and bad home and family situations, received America's Got Talent host Terry Crews' Golden Buzzer for the season after they performed a high-energy singing and dancing number.
"We give them something to be part of," choir director Anthony White, who has served in his role for over 21 years, said backstage before the performance. "Our mission is to show the young people from Detroit, 'You can be somebody.'"
A young member of the group explained to the cameras backstage, "Mr. White knows things that Detroit children go through, so he's able to help us feel safe and fix those things through music or dance."
Terry -- a Flint, Michigan native himself -- told Anthony prior to the performance, "People like you are the reason I am where I am right now. And let me tell you, all it takes is one person to believe that you can do it -- and [this group] has that, and that's more than what so many people have on this earth."
The choir then belted out a great cover of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us," with different singers taking the lead and conquering the rapid-fire lyrics.
All four judges gave Detroit Youth Choir a standing ovation.
"This was your moment," Howie said. "The dancing and the singing and the rapping, it's so much more than what you'd expect from any other choir. I love you. I love you all."
Julianne said the group created something traditional, like a choir, but made it so fresh and fun with the choreography.
Gabrielle asked a young shy girl to step forward, before gushing, "What we all just witnessed tonight was nothing short of absolute brilliance."
"This was not expected. If you can keep doing this, where every performance is the last thing you would expect a choir to do, you could win this," Simon added.
However, before the judges were given a chance to vote on whether to advance the choir to the next round of competition, Terry interrupted and started to cry.
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"Wait, wait. I have to tell you -- every 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're here! And they did so well, that I have to do this!"
Terry proceeded to walk over to the judges' table.
"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!" Terry said.
Terry then slammed the Golden Buzzer and confetti fell over the singers' heads as they hugged each other, celebrated and cried.
Detroit Youth Choir will now automatically advance to America's Got Talent's Season 14 live shows in Hollywood.
Last week, an 11-year-old violinist and cancer survivor, Tyler Butler-Figueroa, earned Simon's Golden Buzzer for his rendition of Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."
Earlier this month, Joseph Allen received Howie's Golden Buzzer for his singing performance of an original song. Joseph hoped AGT would be his opportunity to leave his mark on the world.
And back in May, Kodi Lee, a blind pianist and singer with autism, received the first Golden Buzzer of the season when his performance of Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You" brought Gabrielle to tears.