11 February 2020, 16:31 | Up to date: 11 February 2020, 16:36
Younger violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, a standout contestant within the 2019 season of America’s Acquired Expertise, is now competing within the finals of AGT: The Champions.
Hailing from North Carolina, Tyler was bullied by classmates after being identified with leukaemia aged simply 4 and a half.
Earlier than his first AGT audition, Tyler mentioned: “I simply didn’t need to be the child with most cancers. So now, I’m the child who performs the violin.”
In response to TMZ, the 11-year-old musician is on the cusp of touchdown a report deal. He might allegedly get a $100,000 advance on his first album if he’s declared the winner of season 14.
After his first audition, Simon Cowell tweeted: “I’m all the time amazed yearly who we meet on our Reveals. And I might love you to satisfy Tyler and that is his Golden Buzzer second.”
Who’s Tyler Butler-Figueroa?
Tyler is an 11-year-old American violinist and fifth-grader at Walnut Creek Elementary in North Carolina, US. He began taking part in his instrument when he was seven and a half years previous.
“I needed to begin taking part in the violin as a result of I used to be being bullied at school,” Tyler mentioned in his first audition for America’s Acquired Expertise. “It’s as a result of I had most cancers, I nearly died.”
“The docs handled me with chemotherapy. Once I misplaced my hair, I used to be actually unhappy and embarrassed on the identical time to go to highschool. They used to make enjoyable of me and snigger at me as a result of I used to be completely different. They might unfold rumours to say that my most cancers was contagious, and so they all needed to keep away from me,” Tyler continued.
His mom, Kisua, added: “In the future, Tyler noticed a flyer at his faculty and it mentioned, ‘After faculty programme – free violin classes.’ He mentioned, ‘Mother, I need to do it.’ However nobody in our household performs an instrument… and the violin?!
“As soon as he began that class, it was like a sunshine. He was simply stuffed with vitality and pleased. I used to be like, ‘I’ve acquired my son again.’”
Tyler, who has been in remission for 4 years now, acquired a standing ovation from the viewers and 4 judges after his first audition.
“You’re a rare younger man. We hear too many tales about folks being bullied, however I can inform you one factor: most individuals are bullied as a result of they’re higher than the individuals who bully them,” Cowell instructed Tyler.
Will Tyler win America’s Acquired Expertise: the Champions?
Audiences love him – however Tyler is up in opposition to some stiff competitors within the remaining.
The winner might be revealed subsequent Monday (17 February).