Although raising six children is a talent in itself, Michael Ketterer graced the stage of America’s Got Talent with a rousing vocal audition on Tuesday’s (June 5) episode, earning him the second golden buzzer of the season from judge Simon Cowell.
“My family’s my reason why I’m here,” the pediatric mental health nurse explained before his performance. “My wife and my six children.”
Ketterer, who adopted five of his children, continued: “When you’re surviving, you can’t dream. And that has been one of the most rewarding things, is providing them with a home and a safe environment where they’re free to dream.”
Although admittedly and noticeably nervous, Ketterer gave a raw, impassioned rendition of the Bee Gees‘ “To Love Somebody” that elicited a crowd-wide standing O and hardly any dry eyes.
“When we find singers on these shows, is it about being technical? Or is it about being relevant?” Cowell explained to Ketterer. “Sometimes, for me, it’s just about being real and a surprise. If I’m being honest with you — ’cause you were so nervous — I was concerned for you. But I think sometimes, actions speak louder than words.”
Simon’s actions spoke a mouthful as he then stood up to slam the coveted golden buzzer, giving Ketterer his one-way ticket to the live rounds.
Watch his emotional audition below.