Since the start of this season’s America’s Got Talent, Michael Ketterer has become an inspiration to every person around the planet. He and his wife have acted as parents to five adopted children. More than his talent, his heroic deed is what made him truly an internet sensation and a role model to everyone.
Reminiscing about his start in the competition, Ketterer got the nods of all four judges. Known for his notoriously harsh critic, Simon Cowell was so moved by Ketterer’s talent that he pushed his Golden Buzzer for the pediatric mental health nurse.
Before joining the competition, Ketterer spends his days working with children in the hospital. By the end of his shift, he comes home to his wife and six kids — five of whom he and his wife have adopted. What’s even more touching is their decision to adopt a 9-year-old boy who has a cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound. (God bless them!)
Ketterer’s Journey at AGT
This AGT season has served us great talents from different places in the country. But among the few standouts is Michael Ketterer. He is one of those who has an immense talent at the same time a big, big heart!
Throughout the entire season, he has been a consistent total performer. He even made Cowell emotional in one of his performances. Also, he received praises from the crowd and fans.
In a recent performance, he soulfully rendered Miley Cyrus’ “When I Look at You.” This performance prompted Cowell to challenge a country legend to write a song for Ketterer, should he be in the finals. That country music legend is none other than Garth Brooks.
In his statement on live TV, Cowell said:
“I have to tell you. I’m going to send a shout out to somebody right now, and that person is Garth Brooks.”
He then went on and called Brooks out:
“Garth, if you’re watching the show, please write Michael a song for the final if he makes it into the final. I just have this feeling, you two having a connection. I hope he gets this message because I want to see you in the final with a killer song to make your dreams come true, Michael. Really, [I] want it to happen. You deserve it.”
Garth Brooks, on the other hand, did not watch the said episode as he was on vacation. However, the power of social media moved the message to the country singer. In one of his Inside Studio G Facebook Live sessions, Brooks responded and you better watch what he has to say below:
A week after responding to Cowell’s shoutout, Brooks shared that everything didn’t come together to write a song for Ketterer’s finale performance. However, he wanted to do something. He said:
“I told Simon last week, the opportunity to write, and the opportunity to write for someone else, I haven’t done that in a while.”
“We’re going to suit you up with a band. We’re going to put you out in front of 85,000 of the sweetest people you’ve ever played for before, and they’re going to be pulling for you like no other. This is going to be good!”
Ketterer’s Finale Performace
Hours after the invitation was relayed, Ketterer opted to perform a stripped-down version of the Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” However, he received lukewarm and mixed reviews from the judges. On the other hand, we think that his performance was still stunning and he sure could win this thing.
Watch Ketterer’s final performance below and let us know if you think he deserves to be the next America’s Got Talent Winner:
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