Fourteen-year-old singer Benicio Bryant is back on America’s Got Talent this week for the Quarterfinals! But his return to the show is making fans question why he didn’t get a Golden Buzzer in the Auditions or Judge Cuts.
Let’s take a look at his journey so far on AGT and why he’s a Golden Buzzer-worthy act on AGT.
Who is Benicio Bryant?
Benicio Bryant is a 14-year-old singer-songwriter from Maple Valley, Washington. He began his path to music stardom on YouTube, posting covers since 2014. From there, he was discovered by producers on The Voice Kids in Germany and asked to do a Blind Audition for the show. He turned all four coaches’ chairs and finished the season placing second.
Benicio lists his musical genre as pop/R&B/soul. His biggest influences are Lady Gaga, Selina, and Sia. But he has quite the rapport with Brandi Carlile as well!
AGT Audition that Gave Julianne Hough Goosebumps
For his America’s Got Talent audition, Benicio Bryant sang “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile. He talked about how his dad inspired him to be in music and how he wants to share his talent with the world. When he sang, it was instantly breathtaking. I got goosebumps, and judge Julianne Hough commented she did too. By the end of the chorus, the audience was on its feet! But it’s not a big surprise. I mean, he’s even performed the song as a duet with Brandi Carlile herself!
Judge Cuts Performance on AGT
When he took the AGT stage for a second time, Benicio took a big risk! He performed an original song. Julianne said she hadn’t stopped thinking about him since his first audition because she was so impressed. So his insane talent plus an original song PLUS he was playing guitar? This should have been a no-brainer. His performance was amazing too, so touching and emotional. And the judges took notice too! Guest judge Jay Leno had high praises for his performance and Simon said he was even better this time than his audition.
No Golden Buzzer for Benicio Bryant?
So why didn’t Benicio Bryant get the Golden Buzzer either time? He’s a young singer, which is always a fan favorite. Plus we all know AGT has a thing for giving talented young people the Golden Buzzer.
Well fans online were unhappy about it and are left wondering why he didn’t receive the honor.
Was it simply because he doesn’t have the sob story that many other contestants have?
That would be our guess, since the talent is clearly there. Simon even compared him to Harry Styles! Come on!
But Benicio didn’t need the Golden Buzzer to advance in the competition anyway. Watch him sing again in the Quarterfinals on America’s Got Talent tonight! AGT airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.