America's Got Talent

Worship leader 'so thankful' after wowing Simon Cowell on America's Got Talent

Tue 12 Jun 2018
By Alex Williams

A worship leader from California has thanked God and his supporters after receiving remarkable praise from Simon Cowell for his audition on America's Got Talent.

Michael Ketterer advanced straight through to the live performance stage of the contest after being awarded the coveted golden buzzer by the reality television judge.

Writing on Twitter afterwards, he said: "I'm so thankful for all of the support and love that I'm receiving from my family, friends, and people that I've never met before!


"My family and I are undone and are so thankful to God for this amazing opportunity.

"Thank you Simon Cowell for hitting that button!"

Cowell and the other judges - Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - rose to their feet in applauding Ketterer for his rendition of the Bee Gees track 'To Love Somebody'.

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The married father - who has six children, including five foster children - leads worship pastor at Influence Church in Anaheim, California. He is also a children's mental health nurse.

Addressing him from the judge panel, Cowell told Ketterer: "Michael... when we find singers on these shows, is it about being technical or is it about being relevant?

"And sometimes, for me, it's just about being real and a surprise.


"I'm being honest with you because you were so nervous. I was concerned for you.

Before leaning over to press the golden buzzer - advancing Ketterer through to the next phase - he added: "But, I think sometimes actions speak louder than words."

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