Why Filipino Champion Marcelito Pomoy Rejected ‘America’s Got Talent’

Jill O'Rourke
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Filipino singer Marcelito Pomoy has already made a big impression on AGT: The Champions this season. Marcelito, who can sing in both male and female voices, was voted through to the semifinals by the superfans.

Marcelito won Pilipinas Got Talent in 2011, and he’s apparently been invited to compete on the AGT stage before. In an interview with Filipino show Tonight With Boy Abunda, the singer revealed why he turned the show down.

Why Did Marcelito Pomoy Turn Down ‘AGT’ The First Time?

Marcelito appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2018, where he performed two songs and spoke about his experiences. After this appearance, he apparently received an offer to compete on America’s Got Talent. However, it was just the standard edition of the show, not the Champions version.

Marcelito Pomoy talks about turning down “AGT” the first time.


“So I thought, since I’m already a champion here in the Philippines,” Marcelito explained, “if I lose in somewhat the ‘ordinary’ … It’s like my winning’s just gone.” He said he has had “no second thoughts” about competing on Champions, however, explains that his wife received an invitation for him to appear on the show this season.

Watch Marcelito Pomoy perform on “AGT: The Champions.”

Marcelito Thought He Would Get The Golden Buzzer

Marcelito didn’t receive the Golden Buzzer from judge Howie Mandel, who received encouragement from the other judges and audience. “You are so worthy of the Golden Buzzer, and I think you’re one of the most incredible singers,” Howie told him. “But this is very early in the night, and I can only choose one.”

“I really thought he’d hit the Golden Buzzer,” Marcelito told Boy Abunda. Many of his fans thought so too, and they were disappointed he didn’t receive it. The situation was made even worse when Simon Cowell stole Howie’s Golden Buzzer to send Boogie Storm into the finals.


Many disagreed with this choice, and Howie himself said he would have rather hit the Golden Buzzer for an act like Ryan Niemiller or Marc Spelmann, both of whom ended up moving on with Marcelito.

Still, Marcelito has a good chance at the win, and Boy Abunda told him he made the Philippines “proud.” We can’t wait to watch his next performance.

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Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit