55-Year-Old Janitor Shocks ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges


In a heartwarming and surprising turn of events, Richard Goodall, a 55-year-old janitor from Terre Haute, Indiana, wowed the judges on the premiere episode of "America's Got Talent" Season 19. His powerful rendition of Journey's classic hit "Don't Stop Believin'" earned him a coveted Golden Buzzer from judge Heidi Klum, sending him straight to the live shows.

Goodall, who has worked as a janitor at a local middle school for over two decades, decided to audition for the show after years of singing in the school hallways to entertain the students. Encouraged by their positive reactions, he took his first-ever flight to California to perform on the AGT stage.

When Goodall stepped onto the stage, he appeared nervous, but his anxiety melted away as he began to sing. His performance stunned the judges and the audience alike, showcasing a talent that belied his humble profession. "That was special, genuinely special," Simon Cowell remarked, while Sofia Vergara called the performance "spectacular".

Heidi Klum, clearly moved by Goodall's performance, did not hesitate to press the Golden Buzzer, showering the stage in gold confetti. "Richard, Richard, Richard, you knocked me off my feet," she exclaimed. "I really feel something when I see you up there and I hear you up there".

Goodall's reaction was one of disbelief and overwhelming joy. "I've never even been on a plane," he said, tears streaming down his face. "This was not on my radar to come to California. It's just a dream come true".

The judges' praise and the audience's standing ovation reflected the impact of Goodall's performance. Howie Mandel noted that his students were probably cheering for him at home, while Terry Crews, the show's host, expressed his excitement for Goodall's journey on the show..

As Goodall prepares for the live shows, his story serves as an inspiring reminder that extraordinary talent can be found in the most unexpected places. His journey from school janitor to AGT star is a testament to the power of following one's dreams, no matter how unlikely they may seem.

Goodall's performance and subsequent Golden Buzzer moment have already made waves, earning him a place in the hearts of many viewers and adding a fresh, uplifting narrative to this season of "America's Got Talent".


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