Simon Cowell Puts This Cancer Survivor’s Bullies On Notice — Where Is Tyler Butler-Figueroa Now?

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Violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa definitely had one of the most memorable America’s Got Talent auditions of all time. It was moving, inspirational and best of all, it was Golden Buzzer worthy. He not only beat cancer but showed his bullies that he is a force to be reckoned with. Relive Tyler’s audition on season 14 below.

Tyler Butler-Figueroa Impressed Simon Cowell On ‘AGT’

Tyler was just 11 years old when he auditioned for America’s Got Talent wearing some awesome light up shoes. He started playing the violin when he was seven years old after being bullied in school. Tyler shared his story about surviving cancer and how his classmates would laugh at him and make fun of him for being different. The children spread rumors that Tyler’s cancer was contagious and all stayed away from him. Tyler took up playing the violin after seeing a flier for free violin lessons at school. He performed a rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” that had everybody up on their feet during his audition. “I’m feeling really proud of myself,” Tyler said after his performance. He also announced he has been in remission for almost four years at the time after undergoing chemotherapy.


Simon called Tyler an “extraordinary young man.” He said that “most people are bullied because they are better than the people that bully them.” Simon hit his Golden Buzzer sending Tyler into a pool of tears into the live shows. Tyler soared into the finale after fantastic and inspirational performances each and every week and was eliminated just before the top five. He definitely was one of the frontrunners of the entire competition. He returned for ‘AGT: The Champions’ with an iconic version of “Old Town Road.” Once again, Tyler made it to the finale and finished the competition in third place in what is now known as one of the most amazing America’s Got Talent stories of all time.

Where Is Tyler Now?

Tyler was just named the number 10 most viral act ever on America’s Got Talent during the 15th anniversary special that recently aired. He posted this adorable video to remind people to follow their dreams and to say that he will continue to inspire others all over the world.

He also performed for America’s Got Talent Live On Stage with fellow acts V. Unbeatable, Shin Lim, Ryan Niemiller, Kodi Lee and Detroit Youth Choir. He brought his little brother Adam along who he is extremely close to. Adam appeared on stage with Tyler during his performance of “Break Free” on season 14.

Tyler was also on Ellen and spoke about how he was bullied, you have to watch the video to feel the full impact.

Tyler also joined Black Lives Matter protests with his family in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.


Tyler is definitely someone who has a bright future ahead of himself because his talent is unmatched by any other. We could totally see why Simon chose him as his Golden Buzzer.


Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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