AGT has released a brand new sneak peek from next week’s episode, and it’s sure to make you smile. The clip features an audition from 65-year-old Robert Finley, a blind Vietnam War veteran with a talent for music.
Blind Singer Shares An Original Song
Robert explained that he lost his sight due to glaucoma. “Music was always a passion of mine, so I’d say I had to lose my physical sight so that I could see my true destiny,” he told the judges before his performance.
He went on to perform an original song called “Get It While You Can.” The upbeat tune included the lyrics, “You gotta take it when you can get it / Get it while you can / Wrap it up in bacon / Sizzle it in your pan.”
The ‘AGT’ Judges Reaction
The song had the audience on their feet and clapping along. Judge Julianne Hough seemed to be particularly affected by his performance, telling him afterward, “You might not be able to see us, but I hope you can feel us.” Robert responded, “I feel it all over.”
“This is so important for people to listen to this song and live life the way you do,” Howie Mandel told him. “You’re a great inspiration and a great talent. I love you.”
Gabrielle Union, meanwhile, said Robert had her at “wrap it up in bacon.” She also praised how he combined different genres to create a musical style all his own. Then Simon Cowell chimed in to say that he liked Robert before he even sang, and added that his voice has aged like a fine wine.
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Who Is Robert Finley?
Finley was born and raised in Bernice, Louisiana. He didn’t get to go to school because he had to be on the farm picking cotton at an early age. Music always played a crucial role in his early years: “It was the only thing that I can get into that would keep me out of trouble”, said Finley in an interview. In 1970, at the age of 19, he joined the army, and later joined the army band and traveled with the group throughout Europe.
After leaving the army Finley worked as a carpenter and street performer while starting a family. 4 years ago he started losing his sight and was forced to retire from carpentry. Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports aging blues musicians, discovered Finley busking on the street in 2015 and helped him make a musical comeback. Now, with the opportunity to showcase his talent for millions of Americas on America’s Got Talent, Finley concludes: “It’s never too late, I’m finally living my childhood dream”..
We’ll have to wait until Tuesday’s new episode to see if Robert makes it through, but we’re pretty confident he will. Next week’s show marks the final round of auditions before the Judge Cuts, and judge Julianne Hough is due to finally use her Golden Buzzer.