Patchogue’s Christian Guardino moved into the “America’s Got Talent” semifinals Wednesday night, after winning a live national vote during the show.
“I’m relieved,” he said, after receiving the news that he would advance. “I’m so happy to come back and give you guys another performance. I want to go all out on the next one.”
The 17-year-old singer’s emotional version of Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain” on Tuesday landed him enough votes to reach the second tier of the acts. The first tier of five acts immediately moved to the next round, including early favorites singer Angelica Hale, 9, and ventriloquist Darci Lynne. The second tier, Guardino, dance troupe Just Jerk and singer Yoli Mayor awaited their fate during the show as viewers voted to advance one act, known as the Dunkin’ Save.
“I’m in shock,” said judge Howie Mandel, who awarded Guardino the Golden Buzzer during his audition, allowing him to move directly to the Live Shows round, which started Tuesday. “Christian, I think you are phenomenal.”
Guardino, who will be a senior at Patchogue-Medford High School this fall, fought off nerves during his performance Tuesday, but still received a standing ovation from the judges.
His next performance is expected to be in three weeks when the semifinals begin.