Simon Cowell gives Golden Buzzer to cancer survivor on America's Got Talent

Simon Cowell pressed his Golden Buzzer for an 11-year-old cancer survivor during last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent leaving us all in tears.

The judge gave bullied school kid Tyler Butler-Figueroa a ticket to the final for his phenomenal violin performance to Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger moments before the hopeful revealed his upsetting backstory.

Tyler, who was just four when he was diagnosed with leukemia, took up the instrument to help deal with the school bullies who picked on him after he started losing his hair during chemotherapy.

‘When I play the violin, it helps me forget about all the bad stuff,’ he explained. ‘I just didn’t want to be the kid with cancer. So now I’m the kid who plays the violin.’

Simon was visibly moved by Tyler’s performance and story, telling him: ‘Wow, wow, wow. You are an extraordinary young man.

‘We hear too many stories about people being bullied, but I can tell you one thing, most people are bullied because they are better than the people who bully them.

‘I think that you have such an amazing talent, such a personality and I would like to say something on your behalf to the bullies.’

Simon then pushed the Golden Buzzer sending audiences into a standing ovation and gold confetti flying.


‘I feel very proud of myself and I feel very happy,’ Tyler told presenter Terry Crews after the confetti had settled.

Viewers were in tears over the touching moment, writing on YouTube: ‘Omg , I’m crying. He such a strong boy. Wish all the best for him.’

Echoing a similar sentiment, another added: ‘Keep going buddy! Always be strong as when you said I’m proud of myself. You’re such a beautiful kid. Damn I’m crying so badly…’

Tyler now joins blind and autistic singer Kodi Lee in the grand final, which is due to take place in Hollywood.

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8pm on NBC.

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