Raleigh boy could be crowned America's Got Talent winner

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) - A young boy from our state could be crowned the winner of America's Got Talent Wednesday.

11-year-old Tyler Butler-Figueroa from Raleigh is one of 10 finalists vying for America's vote.

He is a violinist and started playing music after he was diagnosed with cancer when he was just four years old. he underwent chemotherapy and he says he was bullied at school for losing his hair.

During last night's finale, Butler-Figueroa watched messages from child cancer survivors and patients. One little girl said she is taking piano lessons because of him.

He went on to play Destiny's Child "Survivor" for his final performance.

Judge Simon Cowell, who gave him the golden buzzer at his audition, said he was "bursting with pride" for the young boy and told him he's had a strong impact on others who have gone through similar things.

The winner gets $1 million and a show in Las Vegas.

You can catch the finale tonight on WITN at 8 p.m.



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An 11-year-old violinist from Raleigh could be crowned the winner of America's Got Talent.

Tyler Butler-Figueroa is among 10 finalists performing for America's vote. The winner will earn $1 million along with a show in Vegas.

The 11-year-old says he turned to music after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 4. He underwent chemotherapy and lost his hair, which he says led to bullying at school. He says playing the violin helped him forget about his health issues.

He received Simon Cowell's golden buzzer at his audition.

The finale airs tonight on WITN.



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A young boy is headed to Hollywood after receiving the golden buzzer on America's Got Talent.

Violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa is from Raleigh. He impressed the judges while playing a rendition of Kelly Clarkson's song Stronger during his audition on the talent show.

The 11-year-old says he turned to music after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 4.

He underwent chemotherapy and lost his hair, which he says led to bullying at school. He says playing the violin helped him forget about his health issues.

During his audition, Butler-Figueroa received a standing ovation from all four judges before receiving the golden buzzer from judge Simon Cowell.

The golden buzzer means he will automatically perform at the live shows in Hollywood.

Butler-Figueroa says he has been in remission for four years.

America's Got Talent airs on NBC.