He could also be younger, however Tyler Butler-Figueroa has overcome extra hurdles than most. And he has mastered the violin alongside the way in which.
The 11-year-old North Carolina native stepped onto the America’s Acquired Expertise stage Tuesday evening and instantly melted hearts with his private, shifting story.
Chatting with decide Julianne Hough forward of his audition, the teen admitted he’d solely picked up the instrument at age seven-and-a-half, a helpful distraction as he was battling faculty bullies on the time. That was the better of his fights. At age 4, he was identified with leukemia. After present process rounds of chemotherapy therapy, his hair started to fall out, and the teasing began.
Although none of his members of the family play an instrument, Butler-Figueroa noticed the violin in school and was smitten. “I would just practise in my bedroom and the more I did it the better I got,” he mentioned. “When I play the violin, he helps me forget the bad stuff.”
When he performed the violin Tuesday evening, it blew away Hough and her three colleagues.
Simon Cowell seemed shocked all through the efficiency. Gobsmacked, even. When requested how he felt after the efficiency, the younger performer admitted by means of tears he felt “very proud” of himself.
The longer term is vibrant for Butler-Figueroa, whose sickness has been in remission for some years. “You are an extraordinary young man,” Cowell mentioned. “We hear too many tales about folks being bullied. However I can let you know one factor, most individuals are bullied as a result of they’re higher than the individuals who bully them. I suppose you will have such wonderful expertise, such character.”
Cowell then gave the last word F U to the bullies by slamming the golden buzzer.
Watch the phase from Internet’s AGT beneath.