Portland singer Jimmie Herrod made his debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday night. He impressed the judges with his rendition of “Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie.”
“It was quite a big moment and one of the first times I’d held a microphone in quite a few months,” Herrod said of the performance, pre-recorded in March.
Before Herrod began singing, judge Simon Cowell suggested he actually sing a different song than “Tomorrow,” sharing his dislike for the tune.
“By the time it was over, it seemed like [Cowell’s] opinion had changed completely on that,” said Herrod.
“Wow, wow, wow!” said Cowell, after Herrod’s performance. “It’s not my worst song anymore!”
Herrod made a particularly good impression on celebrity judge Sofia Vergara. She hit the “Golden Buzzer” for Herrod, automatically sending him to the AGT live show rounds happening later this summer. Each judge can only do that once during auditions.
“I had to,” Vergara told Herrod. “You deserve it.”