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

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Tyler Butler Figueroa on 'America's Got Talent'

An 11-year-old cancer survivor fell to his knees and cried when he was awarded the Golden Buzzer on Tuesday night's "America's Got Talent".

On the show, each judge gets one Golden Buzzer press per season, allowing them to immediatelyy send an act to the next round in the competition.

A talented violinist, Butler-Figueroa turned to the classical instrument as an escape from bullying by his peers over his leukemia diagnosis. When I lost my hair, I was really sad and embarrassed at the same time to go to school.

He then energetically performed Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger", and Cowell was clearly impressed.

"One day, we were out to dinner".

"They used to make fun of me and laugh at me", Tyler said of the other kids at school.

"Once he started that class, it was like a sunshine".

Kisua recalled that the violin gave him energy and happiness again, and she felt like she finally had her son back.

He said he had cancer and nearly died; other kids made fun of him when he lost his hair during chemotherapy.

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

Tyler also revealed he's been in remission for nearly four years, and Simon - who is the proud father of a 5-year-old son named Eric - had nothing but praise for his strength and his story.

The moment Simon Cowell pressed his Golden Buzzer.

America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. He says playing the violin helped him forget about his health issues.

A boy from Raleigh got a standing ovation from the four judges of America's Got Talent, WITN reports.

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