Tyler Butler-Figueroa, an 11-year-old cancer survivor from North Carolina, brought down the house on America’s Got Talent Tuesday night with his amazing violin performance. The judges and fans alike were wowed by Tyler’s powerful performance and his story, so much so that the YouTube video quickly went viral, reaching over a million views in just a few hours.
This young man right here has not only a powerful story, but an amazing talent! Did not know he was from our own backyard here in Raleigh. Wishing @TButlerFigueroa luck and success this year on @agt ! #TylerButlerFigueroaViolinist#leukemiaawareness https://t.co/BNFNZuj0gM— Colleen Futrell (@ColleenFutrell) June 12, 2019
Hey Tyler you and my wife have something in common both childhood leukimia survivors and fighters. Kids like you are what inspires my kids to be better people. Happy 4 years remission and Good luck the rest of the way on #agt— . (@iAmMiamiHEAT) June 12, 2019
Before his performance, Tyler told the judges that he almost died after he was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four, and was bullied because of the disease. Simon Cowell had some words of encouragement for Tyler.
“You know what? You are an extraordinary young man,” Cowell told Tyler. “We hear too many stories about people being bullied, but I can tell you one thing, most people are bullied because they’re better than the people who bully them.”
Then Cowell addressed the boy’s bullies while at the same time sending Tyler directly to the live shows.
“I would like to say something on your behalf to the bullies,” he told Tyler before reaching for the Golden Buzzer. Tyler was brought to tears.
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