Detroit Youth Choir awes in 'Got Talent' quarterfinals

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

The stakes were high Tuesday night, but the Detroit Youth Choir rose to the occasion.

Two months after the local vocal ensemble won the "golden buzzer" during "America's Got Talent," the young performers earned more renown as they competed in the last round of the quarterfinals on the NBC show.

The group, which features participants ages 8-18, opened the show by performing a rendition of the song "The Champion," credited to Carrie Underwood and Ludacris.

Their combination of singing and choreographed dancing earned a standing ovation from the audience as well as the judges, who all praised the performance.

Referencing the song's lyrics, Gabrielle Union told them: "You are showing that you are unbeatable, invincible and you deserve all of it! Thank you for coming out here and killing it and inspiring a nation."

Howie Mandel said "those words spoke to the world," moving some of the youths to tears. Julianne Hough described their act as spurring "a movement of bringing music and dance together," while Simon Cowell told choir director Anthony White he and his team were "actually better tonight than your first audition."

The show's host, actor Terry Crews, a Flint native who gave the choir the golden buzzer in June, then asked White how their lives had been impacted.

Detroit Youth Choir

"This opportunity has shown me and the world what hard work and dedication and these young people what they’ll do if you just apply it to them," White responded.

Audience votes determine which acts advance to the next round. 

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