The audition round of “America’s Got Talent” came to an end Tuesday but not before gold confetti dropped on one last contestant.
Judge Julianne Hough entered Tuesday’s sixth and final audition episode in control of the NBC talent competition’s final golden buzzer and she awarded it to someone who looks up to her.
Singer Luke Islam, 12, told the judges that Hough was his favorite “because me and my sister have been following you and your brother (Derek Hough) dancing for a long time.”
Despite getting an automatic red X from Hough’s jealous fellow panelist Simon Cowell, Islam went on to share his goals in showbiz. “My dream is to be a star and make it to Broadway,” he said.
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Islam instantly took the judge’s breath away with an effortless rendition of “She Used to Be Mine” from the musical “Waitress.” He received a standing ovation from the crowd, which brought tears to Islam’s eyes.
“I’m extremely flattered that you would even look up to my brother and I with a voice like that, with an energy like that, because you have such talent and grace. You have something so special,” said Hough, who had tears in her eyes, too.
She continued: “I believe that not only are you going to become a star and get your dreams to come true and I don’t think you have to wait that much longer because …”
Hough then slammed on the golden buzzer, advancing the preteen straight to the live shows in August, along with the other golden-buzzer recipients: Kodi Lee, Joseph Allen, Tyler Butler-Figueroa and the Detroit Youth Choir.
“You should be incredibly proud of yourself because you killed it,” judge Gabrielle Union said.
Islam said he was in shock. “I can’t believe it … I never expected anything like this to happen in my whole life. I am so grateful.”
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