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Detroit Youth Choir’s Moving Performance on America’s Got Talent

Did you catch the Detroit Youth Concert & Performing Arts Company (DYC) on America’s Got Talent (AGT)? The Detroit youth choir performed beautifully, singing a rendition of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song “Can’t Hold Us” and are now headed to the finals!

Founded in September 1996, DYC is a non-profit organization that serves the young people ages 8 to 18 in Detroit and the metro area. The organization teaches youth music education, dance, and theatrical arts.

Before the AGT audition, choir director Anthony White said, “Our mission is to show the young people from Detroit can be somebody.” White has been the DYC’s choir director for over 21 years.

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AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — “Auditions 4” Episode 1404 — Pictured: Detroit Youth Choir — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
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THE DYC REPRESENTING “WONDERFUL YOUNG PEOPLE” IN THE D

While on stage, before the group’s performance, White said to AGT judge Simon Cowell, “We’re here to let the world know we have some wonderful young people in the city of Detroit.”

Cowell told White he loves choirs and there has never been a choir to win America’s Got Talent.

To that, White replied, “Well, this could be the first!”

“People like you are the reason I am where I am right now,” Crews said to White on the show. “All it takes is one person to believe that you can do it, and you have that. And that’s more than so many people have on this earth.”


READ: INTERVIEW WITH DYC DIRECTOR ANTHONY WHITE


TERRY CREWS IS MOVED BY THE DYC’S PERFORMANCE

Terry Crews is also a Michigan-native, hailing from Flint, Michigan. The actor became very emotional after the youth choir’s performance and interrupted the judges before they announced their final decision.

“Every young man and woman on this stage represents me and where I came from. I remember sitting at my window in Flint, Michigan dreaming and wanting to make it and wanting to be here. And they’re here. And they did so well that I have to do this.”

Crews then walked up on the judges’ stage and hit the golden buzzer sending the youth choir straight to the finals!

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AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — “Auditions 4” Episode 1404 — Pictured: Detroit Youth Choir — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

DETROIT YOUTH CHOIR COULD BE THE FIRST CHOIR TO WIN AMERICA’S GOT TALENT

“Let me tell you something, Mr. White,” Crews yelled out over the cheering crowd, “All it takes is one person to believe in a young man or woman for them to reach their dreams, and you are that man, sir!”

Everyone was so excited– the judges, the DYC, and the audience! The kids were hugging each other and crying from excitement and joy. It was a beautiful moment and I can’t wait to see how DYC does in the finals!

The audience and all of the judges gave the Detroit youth choir a standing ovation after their moving performance. The celebrity judges also had positive words for the youth choir.

Simon Cowell said he felt the DYC could win the competition. Comedian and AGT judge Howie Mandell said, “This was your moment!”

While actress and AGT judge Gabrielle Union praised the DYC saying, “Let me thank you because what we all just witnessed here tonight was nothing short of absolute brilliance!”

Watch the Detroit Youth Concert & Performing Arts Company on America’s Got Talent here.

You can catch the DYC on the finals of America’s Got Talent in late August. The winning prize for the competition is $1 million! You can catch AGT on Tuesdays at 8 P.M. EST on NBC.

#WhatUpDoe DYC! We see you! Wishing you the best of luck for your next performance!

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