On Wednesday morning, bright and early South African time, the Ndlovu Youth Choir will compete in the final of America’s Got Talent.
Their journey to the final has been closely watched here at home, and the entire nation has rallied behind each of their incredible performances thus far.
The excitement ahead of the final performance is building, with this from the choir’s Twitter account:
That’s 5PM on Tuesday over in LA, and 2AM on Wednesday morning our time.
Now we’re allowed to be a touch biased in saying that there is really no competition, and the choir should walk away as winners, but the other finalists also bring a lot to the table.
TimesLIVE runs us through who they are, starting with Tyler Butler-Figueroa:
The young violinist earned judge Simon Cowell’s coveted Golden Buzzer after his cover of Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger. Tyler was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of four and was teased by other children at school. “I just didn’t want to be the kid with cancer. So now, I’m the kid who plays the violin,” he told the audience before his first audition.
The guy can rock a violin, and he has a heartwarming story as well.
Next up is Kodi Lee:
One of the favourites for the title, Kodi impressed the judges last week with his rendition of Calum Scott’s You Are The Reason. The 22-year-old singer and pianist is blind and autistic. He plays the piano by ear, not from sheet music.
Wow, plenty of difficulties being overcome in this season:
Benicio Bryant is another insanely talented performer:
The 14-year-old singer composes his own music and wowed the judges last week with his song, Fall Apart. Originally penned as a shy guy with a great voice, he has matured into a firm fan favourite.
He does have a cracking voice.
Light Balance Kids offer something a little different:
Members of the Ukrainian dance group dress in luminous clothing and use lasers to create a series of performances that are a visual delight. They have been applauded for their unique twist on dance and storytelling.
I haven’t seen anything like this before.
There are a further five finalists in the running for the big prize, and you can read all about them here.
Good luck to everyone, but especially the Ndlovu Youth Choir, of course.
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