Thirteen must be talented teen Jeffrey Li’s lucky number.
The 13-year-old Toronto native wowed the judges in his appearance on the 13th season of America’s Got Talent in 2018 and even got a promise from judge Simon Cowell that he would buy him a dog if he performed well.
In his intro, Jeffrey shared he was an only child and would love a companion. The young singer said if he won the million dollar prize money, a dog would be one of his first purchases (watch the look on his father’s face when he hears that.)
Cowell responded, “I’m gonna buy you a dog. We’ll choose one together.”
Jeffrey chose one of the most difficult songs for his audition, “You Raise Me Up,” a ballad made famous by singer, songwriter Josh Groban.
Why this song? “Because it really helped me when I was sad and lonely,” explained the young teenager.
As he transitioned into his final notes, Jeffrey had the entire audience standing and cheering for him. The cameras cut to his mom, who was wiping away tears.
The judges were equally impressed. The boy with the heavenly voice got four yeses and perhaps a new puppy from Simon. Even multi-platinum artist Josh Groban got in the act, tweeting much deserved props to the young performer, saying he was honored that his song was selected for the talent showcase.
Way to go, Jeffrey!! I’m honored! https://t.co/xpzCJeT7pF
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 20, 2018
Sit back and let Jeffrey Li soothe your soul with his emotional delivery of “You Raise Me Up.” What do you think?