Simon Cowell, who had previously criticized Manuel during the Judge Cuts round, admitted that this performance made him totally reevaluate the singer's talents.
"I mean this as an absolute compliment, you are a diva. This is what you do so well," Cowell praised. "You've been OK up until now, but this was your moment."
The often-acerbic judge went on to compliment Manuel's stage presence and voice, sharing, "If I was producing a Broadway show right now, and I was looking for that big male diva vocal lead, it would be you, Johnny."