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Former ‘AGT’ Golden Buzzer Christian Guardino Wows on ‘American Idol’

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One of the standout auditions this week on American Idol Season 20 came from 21-year-old Christian Guardino. The Long Island singer wowed the judges with his strong voice. As it turns out, this isn’t Christian’s first talent show, as he previously earned the Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent.

Christian Guardino Auditions for ‘American Idol’

Before his audition, Christian admitted to the American Idol judges that he was “a little anxious,” adding, “I can’t believe I’m standing here in front of you guys. This is nuts.”

Christian went on to sing “A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway. The judges were clearly impressed as they listened to Christian’s powerhouse performance. They gave the audition a standing ovation, and Lionel Richie got up to hug Christian, saying, “We found him.”


The singer received a similar reaction after his audition for AGT Season 12 in 2017. Christian, then 16, admitted he was nervous before launching into an incredible rendition of “Who’s Lovin’ You” by the Jackson 5. It brought three of the judges to their feet.

The performance left Simon Cowell speechless. Fellow judge Howie Mandel asked Christian what he wished for, and he said to receive the Golden Buzzer. So Mandel gave it to him in an emotional moment. Christian went on to make it to the Semifinals of Season 12, performing Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

Christian Has a Powerful Backstory

At 6 months old, Christian was diagnosed with an eye disorder called Leber congenital amaurosis, which made him legally blind. His vision declined again at 12 years old, at which point he underwent gene therapy, which helped him gain most of his sight back.

“I have been able to see such incredible things since the gene therapy,” Christian told Fox News in 2019. “Like the moon, the stars, the sunsets, fireworks, snow falling — just so many things that I have had the opportunity to witness. And I can’t take any of those things for granted.”



Before auditioning for AGT, Christian appeared at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night. After his time on the show, the singer went on to release original music. In 2019, he collaborated with country star Hunter Hayes on the song “Waiting.” He’s also released the singles “Missing Part of Me” and “Wishful Thinking.”

After his American Idol audition, Christian earned a Golden Ticket to Hollywood to go along with his Golden Buzzer.

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