After blowing away the America's Got Talent judges with a powerful performance of an original song during the auditions, Chase Goehring returned to the stage for the first round of Judge Cuts on Tuesday, and the young star saw his dreams come true.
The 21-year-old singer-songwriter opened up about his life-long passion for making music in a pre-taped package before his performance, revealing that his dedication lead to some childhood isolation.
"People just didn't really understand. They were like, 'Come to this party. Come do this, come do that.' And I was like, 'Oh, I gotta stay home and write this song,'" Goehring shared. "I kinda just kept to myself."
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"Performing a song that you wrote in front of all those people can make you feel really vulnerable, but original songs are where I shine, and opportunities like this only come once in a lifetime," he added. "You really just have to go for it if you get the chance."
For his second chance to wow the judges, the young star performed an original tune titled "A cappella," which showcased his writing talent and his vocal dexterity.
"I know I did a song about somebody else the first time, but this song is about me, because I really just want to be my own artist, and make music that people can relate to," he explained before he wowed the audience with his immense talent.
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While the young singer admitted that he was more nervous than ever, having made it past the audition rounds, you'd never have known it from his masterful performance. Goring hit every note with perfection and showed off his fast-paced lyrical mastery with machine precision.
"Tonight reminded me once again why I enjoy doing what I do so much," judge Simon Cowell marveled. "The best compliment I can give you, Chase, if you ask any advice from me, I would say, 'There's nothing I can tell you, because you've got it all happening.'"
The night's special guest judge, DJ Khaled, was even more impressed, and had nothing but praise.
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"You know, I do this music thing for real, I put out a lot of hit records," Khaled said, "and let me tell you something, the lyrics are so real and authentic, the way you were breaking it down, and the way you got the crowd involved, and then you came with your own song, you aren't singing somebody else's song -- you're on your way to being a star."
"This show and this stage is going to make you into a superstar," he added, before surprising the singer by slamming his hand down on the coveted Golden Buzzer.
Goehring couldn't contain his excitement and shock as the golden confetti rained down on stage. The singer came down to shake Khaled's hand, and the producer said, "We got to work together. We got to do something together."
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With the Golden Buzzer, Goehring automatically moves on to the next round of competition, leaving only six open spots for the rest of the episode's contestants.
The next batch of hopeful performers will face off in another round of Judge Cuts when America's Got Talent returns next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT on NBC.
Check out the video below for a look at the seven talented performers who made it through after the first night of challenging competition last week.