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‘AGT’: 11-year-old singer earns Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer with tearful, show-stopping performance

America’s Got Talent Things changed during the second week of season 17 auditions.

Talented songwriter Madison “Maddie” Taylor Baez, 11, has been a lifetime fan agt, And came to the show for the audition. However, to spice things up a bit, the makers teamed up with Maddie to throw a curveball at the judges.

Maddie posed as a member of the audience, and during a commercial break the show’s warm-up comic asked if there was anyone in the audience who would like to try their hand at singing.

It’s a tradition on the show, apparently, and one that most judges inevitably ignore. However, Maddie’s vocal rendition of “Amazing Grace” did not go unnoticed.

It took only a few moments in front of all the judges, and every member of the audience was enthralled and cheered. In a twist that has never happened before, Simon Cowell invites her on stage to give a proper audition.

“I’ve done a lot of tapings, and since I was 4 years old, I’ve always tried and sang for commercial breaks,” Maddie shared with the judges, because already Tears were starting to flow from his face. “And it’s always been my dream to be on the show. And I’m finally here.”

Simon suggested he give it his best shot, as he had already proven he didn’t need a backing track, and Maddie made sure to elevate his shot to glory with a stunning encore of “Amazing Grace”. Don’t waste what left everyone.

“I’m not kidding. In as many years as we’ve ever done, it’s never really happened before,” Simon said. “I mean, I usually leave during breaks because people sing. So it’s really the opposite. It really brought me back into the room.”

When asked what she would do with the prize money, Maddie revealed, “I will help my father with cancer research. He has had Stage Four colon cancer for the past nine years.”

Still, Simon suggested that they all vote just to see if he should go ahead. However, Howie Mandel had other plans.

“From the audience seat to the live show. Are you ready?” Howie asked before slamming the golden buzzer and showering Maddie in shimmering confetti.

As they celebrated, her father joined them on stage, and explained the emotional background of their daughter’s special voice.

“I’ve been battling cancer for the past nine years, and that’s how she learned to sing,” he shared. “She used to sing for me in the hospital during my chemo treatment, during my surgery. She used to sing for me and help me get better, and I’m doing great.”

Now, Maddy will go straight to the live show, leaving the judge cuts behind.

Meanwhile, the audition continues when America’s Got Talent Returns to NBC next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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