Mike Yung has moved on up in the world, from his viral turn performing on the New York City subways to the bright lights of America’s Got Talent.
The 57-year-old singer has entertained commuters since he was just out of his teens. It’s a job he enjoys, and the feedback has been immense. Videos of his regular performances at the station on 23rd and Sixth Avenue have surpassed 40 million views on YouTube and earned him a guest spot on James Corden‘s The Late Late Show last September.
Yung (born Michael Young) hit the AGT stage Tuesday night (July 11) for a rendition of “Unchained Melody,” the Righteous Brothers classic which turned him into a YouTube phenomenon.
The life of a busker isn’t all good. “On a Monday or Tuesday you don’t make that much. But people get paid on Thursday and Friday. And they make up for it,” he told judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel.
Yung also explained his reason for a run on reality TV. “Success is what you make it, right. But there’s no better stage, there’s no better place to be then right here.”
And success is what he had as the judges – and everyone in the room – applauded the performance. Check it out below.