Tyler Butler-Figueroa, from North Carolina, picked up the violin after seeing a flyer for free after-school lessons. He was being bullied at the time and wanted a diversion. The decision left his mom reeling: “But no-one in our family plays an instrument!” she protested, regaling her son’s story in behind-the-scenes footage from America’s Got Talent.
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However, Tyler’s mind was set. “I would just practice in my bedroom,” he said, “and the more I did it, the better I got.” Tyler was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four-and-a-half years. “One day we were out to dinner,” the boy’s mom recounted, “and I said something doesn’t look right with Tyler.” The worried mom rushed her son to hospital, where he had blood tests confirming the devastating disease.
“It was the worst day of my life,” she said through tears.
Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer, Tyler Butler-Figueroa, Violinist, got a second chance at life and he’s not putting it to waste. ✨
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Tyler was treated with chemotherapy, but he lost his hair and that’s where the bullying began. “I was really sad and embarrassed at the same time to go to school,” Tyler confessed. His schoolmates laughed at him for his visible difference; some even spread rumors that Tyler’s cancer was contagious.
But the violin provided solace to the troubled boy, and he soon found his passion revitalized. Describing her son’s renewed energy as “sunshine,” Tyler’s mom needed no more convincing that music was the way forward. Tyler had found his own, personal way to battle the bullies, and the disease.
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On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Tyler took to the formidable America’s Got Talent stage. The 11-year-old performed a dynamic instrumental version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” moving around the stage and dancing to the rhythm of the music all while keeping his instrument in perfect pitch.
The audience loved it.
“I just want to commend you,” an emotional Julianne Hough told a breathless Tyler when the music stopped, “for taking something that’s probably been one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to go through and turning it around,” she said, “finding something that brings you joy.”
Simon Cowell chimed in with, “Wow, wow, wow,” before asking young Tyler, “How are you feeling now?” Tyler’s response provoked an ecstatic cheer from the audience: “I’m feeling really proud of myself,” he said.
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Prompted by Simon, Tyler then told the judges that he’d been in remission for almost four years, and the volume of the crowd’s applause swelled again. “I can tell you one thing,” Simon added. “Most people are bullied because they are better than the people who bully them.”
“I would like to say something on your behalf to the bullies,” Simon went on. But as they say, actions speak louder than words, so what did Simon do? He pushed the golden buzzer, fast-tracking Tyler into the live rounds!
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Simon had only positive words to share with the young talent as he walked onto the stage to congratulate him. Gold confetti swirled in the air around them. “Look at that,” Simon urged, gesturing to the wild, cheering crowd. “You enjoy every moment!”
Tyler’s blind audition has already been viewed on YouTube 10 million times. Tyler will go straight through to the live shows in Hollywood, and this little man who has already been through so much is surely destined for incredible things. We can’t wait to watch his journey unfold.