Watch This ‘AGT’ Contestant Earn a Golden Buzzer (And Make History) As Show’s First Poet

Watch This ‘AGT’ Contestant Earn a Golden Buzzer (And Make
History) As Show’s First Poet, Shop Ticket Snatchers

Brandon Leake was ready to make history on Tuesday night’s
episode (June 30) of America’s Got Talent by auditioning as the
show’s first-ever poet.

Stepping onto the stage of the empty theater, the
high-school-English-teacher-turned-college-counselor explained
poetry to the judges panel, including a befuddled Simon Cowell.
“I’m a great intro for you [to poetry],” he said. “I bring
more about life experience, things that everyday people go
through…I only perform stuff that I write, never be able to
perform anything else.”

He then launched into an inspiring poem about his younger
sister’s death. “I have two facts for you/ One, I’m six feet
tall/ And two, love is the most vulnerable thing one will ever
have/ And you must learn to hold on to it loosely/ So when it
leaves, it won’t exit so painfully,” he declared in the opening
stanza before powerfully detailing the emotions behind his late
sister’s passing as a toddler.

Leake’s performance was initially met with a stunned silence,
until judge Howie Mandel jumped to his feet to give the poet a
standing ovation. Revealing her brother passed away the same year
as the young poet’s sister, Sofia Vergara offered supportive
feedback, saying, “I can feel your pain. I know what this is, I
know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you
knowing. But it was very beautiful for me.”

Blown away by the spoken word artist’s talent, Cowell even
admitted didn’t feel qualified to pass judgement on the
performance. “What an amazing tribute. There’s something very,
very special about you. Really. This is a very difficult thing for
me to judge. I shouldn’t be judging it. I just want to compliment
you on what you just did, because it was extraordinary,” he told
Leake before Mandel sent AGT hopeful through to the live shows by
hitting his Golden Buzzer.

Watch Leake’s emotional performance below.

Brandon Leake was ready to make history on Tuesday night’s
episode (June 30) of America’s Got Talent by auditioning as the
show’s first-ever poet.
Stepping onto the stage of the empty theater, the
high-school-English-teacher-turned-college-counselor explained
poetry to the judges panel, including a befuddled Simon Cowell.
“I’m a great intro for you [to poetry],” he said. “I bring
more about life experience, things that everyday people go
through…I only perform stuff that I write, never be able to
perform anything else.”
He then launched into an inspiring poem about his younger
sister’s death. “I have two facts for you/ One, I’m six feet
tall/ And two, love is the most vulnerable thing one will ever
have/ And you must learn to hold on to it loosely/ So when it
leaves, it won’t exit so painfully,” he declared in the opening
stanza before powerfully detailing the emotions behind his late
sister’s passing as a toddler.

Leake’s performance was initially met with a stunned silence,
until judge Howie Mandel jumped to his feet to give the poet a
standing ovation. Revealing her brother passed away the same year
as the young poet’s sister, Sofia Vergara offered supportive
feedback, saying, “I can feel your pain. I know what this is, I
know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you
knowing. But it was very beautiful for me.”
Blown away by the spoken word artist’s talent, Cowell even
admitted didn’t feel qualified to pass judgement on the
performance. “What an amazing tribute. There’s something very,
very special about you. Really. This is a very difficult thing for
me to judge. I shouldn’t be judging it. I just want to compliment
you on what you just did, because it was extraordinary,” he told
Leake before Mandel sent AGT hopeful through to the live shows by
hitting his Golden Buzzer.
Watch Leake’s emotional performance below.

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