Flint native receives golden buzzer on 'America's Got Talent'

Seal Selects 32-Year-Old Former Pro Singer as His America's Got Talent Golden Buzzer Recipient

Seal Selects 32-Year-Old Former Pro Singer as His America's Got Talent Golden Buzzer Recipient

Seal also chimed in, "Johnny, you have such an incredible voice". His rendition won over judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Mel B, but Simon Cowell and guest judge Seal were not so impressed.

"I think you missed the point by singing a Stevie Wonder song", Cowell explained. There's no better way to sing that song than how Stevie Wonder sings it.

But first Cowell told Manuel, who once toured with *NSYNC, "I thought it was quite annoying".

Cowell's comment received a "boo" from the audience, but he went on to say he liked it when Manuel did something the judges wouldn't expect.

For his second performance, Johnny said that some of his favorite singers are the classic vocalists, which is why he chose to perform Stevie Wonder's 1980 hit song "Lately".

"Even from what I just heard there, honestly, you are one of the best singers in the competition", Cowell said. It is undeniable. You hit notes that I could only dream of.

After teasing Manuel a bit by hovering his hand over the coveted Golden Buzzer, and roiling up the crowd into a fervor, Seal slammed his hand down, sending a rain of golden confetti showering down on Manuel. Seal agreed. "You hit notes I can only dream of hitting", said Seal before he hit the Golden Buzzer. I was always taught that you have to be ready at every situation. "It's very rare to see talent like that".

Watch Johnny Manuel's performance here.

Manuel is the ninth contestant to head straight to the live rounds.

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