AGT’s Simon Cowell praises ‘extraordinary’ 11-year-old cancer survivor violinist

Brenda Watkins
June 13, 2019

Real recognizes real, and Simon Cowell, perhaps the most brutally honest judge on America's Got Talent, saw something unique and authentic in 11-year-old contestant Tyler Butler-Figueroa during the reality competition's third round of auditions.

The young violinist captured the hearts of the audience and the show's judges with his performance and story, ultimately earning a Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell.

In his introductory video on the show, Tyler told the camera that he was diagnosed with Leukemia "at the age of 4 and a half".

Following years of chemotherapy, he's now in remission, but his battle continues to inspire him to push onward. I just didn't want to be the kid with cancer.

Tyler Butler-Figueroa, who's from Raleigh, got a golden buzzer from Cowell after showing off his violin skills on stage. "And it was the worst day of my life".

"When I lost my hair I was really sad and embarrassed at the same time to go to school", Tyler explained.

"Once he started that [violin] class, it was like sunshine", Figueroa's mother stated.

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"They all wanted to stay away from me", he said.

"I would just practice in my bedroom, and the more I did it the better I got", he shared.

"I think you have such an wonderful talent, such a personality, and I would like to say something on your behalf to the bullies", Cowell added, as he pressed the Golden Buzzer, with Figueroa erupting in emotion.

Now, a second talented performer has earned a Golden Buzzer.

Tyler was treated with chemotherapy and revealed that he has been in remission for nearly 4 years.

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