America’s Got Talent may have just found some new Broadway talent in performer Luke Islam. The 12-year-old from Garden City, New York, has been a Broadway fan for half his life, noting that he enters Broadway ticket lotteries every weekend and has seen Kinky Boots eight times.
On the July 8 episode of the show's 14th season, Islam took to the stage to sing from Sara Bareilles’ Waitress. He earned a standing ovation from the audience and full panel of judges: Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, Gabrielle Union, and Howie Mandel. But Hough had one more surprise in store for the contestant.
Watch the stunning performance and tear-jerking moment between Islam and Hough above.
Islam previously wowed audiences at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where Waitress plays, when he sang ‘“What Baking Can Do” during Waitress karaoke:
Bareilles and Jessie Nelson's Waitress continues at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where the musical opened in 2016. The cast is currently led by Wicked alum Shoshana Bean as Jenna, with Alison Luff stepping in later this month.