Patchogue’s Christian Guardino received a standing ovation from the “America’s Got Talent” judges for his powerful version of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” Tuesday night.
“America needs you,” judge Howie Mandel told Guardino, who was fighting back tears after his performance. “You are beautiful inside and out ... You are a great symbol of what we need to hear and what we need to watch.”
Guardino was one of 11 acts competing for five spots in the finals next week. The top four vote-getters from Tuesday night and the act that gets the “Dunkin Save” for receiving the most votes during the show Wednesday will move to the next round.
The Patchogue-Medford High School senior needed that last-minute save during the quarterfinals in August to land his place in the semifinals. “I’m not going to let my nerves get in the way of my dreams tonight,” the 17-year-old contestant said before his performance.
“I love you so much,” said judge Heidi Klum. “I love your voice. I love your story. And I’d love to see you at the finals next week.”