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Mike Yung “America’s Got Talent” Audition Video: Subway Singer Gets Standing Ovation

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Mike Yung AGT Audition Video

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Mike Yung AGT Audition Video

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A “50-something” subway singer named Mike Yung received a standing ovation on Tuesday’s “America’s Got Talent,” which was the last auditions episode for season 12. Watch the video below!

The singer explained that he always aspired to be a big-time performer, but it didn’t work out for him. “I didn’t give up my dream. I just stopped thinking dreams would come true,” he admitted to the camera. At a friend’s recommendation, he took up subway singing and gave up his job to pursue it full-time. “I’m still singing so I’m still living,” he said, adding, “Today is my shot to come out of the subway and sing for all of America. Can’t ask for too much more.”

When he took the stage, the judges were surprised to learn Yung has been singing underground for “roughly 37 years.” As for what brought him to “AGT,” he told the panel, “Success is what you make it, but there’s no better stage, no better place to be than right here.” Yung then launched into a deep-throated “Unchained Melody,” which earned a standing ovation from Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel.

“First of all, I want to say I liked it even though at times it sounded a little rough around the edges,” Klum said. “But I didn’t mind it because I can feel that every word that you said really meant something.” Mandel commented, “Oh my god. I gotta say, whatever Heidi is referring to as the roughness is what I loved, that enveloped me. Every word, so simple. If this show can you give you the next level of fame, I’m telling you, the train has left the building.”

But Mel B wasn’t on board. “You do have a great, incredible voice. Having said that, there is a difference between singing on the subway to singing on the stage at ‘America’s Got Talent.’ There is that gap you have to bridge. I don’t think you’re right there,” said the Spice Girls member. But Cowell wasn’t having it.

He noted that during the commercial break, Mel was playing some “auto-tuned junk, and this is the real deal. No machines. This is 40 years of actually going out there. It just makes me remember what great singers can be, and that’s what this is all about.” He added, “I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Still, Mel wouldn’t reconsider. “I get what everyone else is saying. I do think you’re very talented, but you’re not quite there for me, so I’m gonna say no,” she declared, despite boos from the audience. With “yes” votes from Cowell and Mandel, it came down to Klum. She admitted, “If I’m totally honest, I am on the fence, and I do agree a little bit with Mel.”

But as the crowd’s cheers picked up, the supermodel announced, “You know what? I would like to see you again. I’m gonna give you a yes.” Ironically, Mel B being strongly against and Cowell being strongly in favor was the exact opposite of the situation with another “AGT” music act, 5 Alive. Check out the videos with Yung below!

 


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