Flint Man Hits All the Right Notes on America’s Got Talent


America’s Got Talent airs Tuesday nights on NBC. If you missed the episode on June 27th, here is an opportunity for you to catch up. Johnny Manuel, a Flint, Michigan resident, blew everyone in the audience away with his rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”

America’s Got Talent, now in its 12th season, stars Producer Simon Cowell, Spice Girl Mel B, Model Heidi Klum, and Comedian Howie Mandel as judges. The talent presented is true Americana from the weird, quirky, and utterly strange to spectacular as last Tuesday’s episode showed. Host Model Tyra Banks rolls out the acts while the judges respond with accolades or loud buzzing X’s that light above the performance stage.


Prior to his performance, Manuel related his story to the judges. As a 14-year-old, he was fortunate to sign a record deal. But, his career never took off. He considered his opportunity to perform on America’s Got Talent as a second chance to reignite that dream. No doubt the took full advantage of the moment.

As a summer substitute for reruns, America’s Got Talent has developed a loyal following. It has become one of the most popular reality shows on television. The current lineup of judges seems to click well. Last season proved to be one of the best in the show’s history. Everyone that tries out for the show dreams of pocketing the million-dollar prize awarded to the season winner. Between the acts that get buzzed off the stage, the show has discovered some remarkable talent.

America’s Got Talent Launches Performer’s Careers

Comedic Ventriloquist Terry Fator won Season Two and parlayed the accomplishment into a five year-$100,000,000 contract to perform nightly in Las Vegas. Jackie Evancho, at the age of 10, took the runner-up spot in Season Five. She signed a record deal and produced a number of Top-100 hits. Each year brings some new techno-artistry to the competition. The Oscar Gaspar act using Heidi Klum’s body as a virtual canvas is a stunning example.

Will the show re-launch Johnny Manuel’s career? We can watch and find out. As for now, America is looking forward to his next performance. To see if he can recreate the magic of the Houston ballad?



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