South Africans have been heaping praises and congratulations on their country’s representative group at this year’s America’s Got Talent (AGT), the Ndlovu Youth Choir, as they make it to the semi-final stage of the competition.
The Choir, made up of young men and women from mostly poor backgrounds of the dusty streets of Moutse in Limpopo, South Africa, made their first appearance on the AGT with an electrifying performance that swept all four judges off their feet.
This time around, the group beat stiff competition from both contestants and a split vote tie decision between judges to make it to the semi-finals of the show after another live heartwarming performance at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
While judges, Simon Cowell and Gabrielle Union voted to keep the choir in the competition, the other two judges, Howie Mandel and Julianne Hough voted against them.
At the end of it all, the finale decider came when votes from America pushed the Ndlovu Choir through to the next-stage.
Following this, many South Africans have poured onto social media to speak of how well the group has been placing their country on the global stage, talent-wise.
Terry Crews, host of the AGT, also tweeted his excitement at the group’s performance, thanking them for “bringing a smile to my face.”
Joy. Passion. Happiness. HOPE! Thank you for bringing a smile to my face @ChoirAfrica! #agt pic.twitter.com/xg4IlOlzKW— terry crews (@terrycrews) August 21, 2019
Cut my dinner engagement short tonight to go and catch @ChoirAfrica on @AGT! They hit it out of the park again!??? South Africa, these young people are putting our beautiful country on the map and showcasing our talent. So proud of them. @NathiMthethwaSA pic.twitter.com/vsL7cQ0OqQ— Felicia Mabuza-Suttle (@Feliciamabuza) August 21, 2019
From the dusty streets of beautiful Moutse, South Africa to performing live at the Dolby in Hollywood. If you can dream you can be it. @U2 we hope you like! #agt pic.twitter.com/r61SsV8354— Ndlovu Youth Choir (@ChoirAfrica) August 21, 2019
I stayed up for the uploads. This was absolutely amazing. Saved the best performance for the last. You killed it. Wow. Best performance for the night. I can now retired to bed. UK.— Nokutula Bhebhe Mhlongo (@noxie88856) August 21, 2019
I ❤️each and every one of you and wish you every success. You are beautiful, passionate and wildly talented and your constant perseverance despite so many challenges, reminds me why I will always be proud to be South African regardless of where I reside— MandyB (@Madebymandyb) August 21, 2019
Your African twists to every original song you perform are just A?MA?ZI?NG?— khumbudzo (@nustyk) August 21, 2019
I had to go listen to the original song against this performance, girls and boys you marinated that song! ????????????
I see AGT’s winners here. ???? it has to be.— AnnieR45 (@AnnieR45) August 21, 2019
Congratulations sons and daughters of Africa— Tshepo (@TshepoT_T) August 21, 2019
You guys made SA proud all the best on the results unfortunately in SA we can’t vote I would— Kekana Jan Malesela (@KekanaJan24) August 21, 2019