In the world of six-string axe-wielders, Polish teen Marcin Patrzalek is recognized as a star-in-waiting.
On Tuesday night, the guitarist made his grand entrance into the mainstream with a technically-stunning performance on America’s Got Talent.
At the age of just 18, Patrzalek is renowned for his classical and flamenco talents, which he makes his own by turning his guitar into a percussion instrument.
On AGT, Patrzalek’s fingers flew faster than a hawk, for a fingerstyle masterclass loaded with Latin spirit, beats and tapping.
The youngster blew away the NBC show’s judges. “I mean, rock star,” enthused Gabrielle Union. “You are unique and dynamic and explosive and you did not disappoint. Way to go.”
Simon Cowell remarked, “The fact you got the reaction you just got without anything around you, other than just you and the guitar and a couple of wires, really tells us what an amazing talent you have.” In terms of musicianship, noted Cowell, Patrzalek is “one of the best I’ve ever heard.”
Fellow judge Julianne Hough wasn’t afraid to admit, “I think you have a shot to win this whole thing.”
Patrzalek is no stranger to the bright lights of reality TV. At age 13, he won the Polish TV talent show Must Be The Music in 2013 and last year took out Italy’s talent quest Tu Si Que Vales.
Also last year, he dropped an EP titled revAMP, the follow up to his debut 2016 album HUSH, comprised of six original works and four covers.
Watch the AGT performance below.