FLINT, MI - A standing ovation from the crowd and judges came for Flint native Johnny Manuel at the end of his performance of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" that aired Tuesday night on the NBC reality show "America's Got Talent."
Manuel spoke with judge Simon Cowell ahead of the performance, mentioning his signing to a record label around the age of 14 that wound up not working out at day's end.
"As a kid, I thought that I was going to take off and see the stars," he told Cowell. "Obviously it didn't happen that way."
Manuel, a Carman-Ainsworth graduate, was signed at 13 years old to Warner Bros. Records, according to Flint Journal records, and opened for N'Sync, Jessica Simpson, and Jill Scott along the course of his career.
Who's opening for Jill Scott at DTE? Flint's own Johnny Manuel
When asked by Cowell what he hoped to do if he got another chance in the music business, Manuel said: "I hope what can happen is that I can finally be who I am and present my music to the world."
Model and host Tyra Banks gave a shout-out to Manuel in the middle of his performance as she stood on the side of the stage.
"Whitney hears you, honey," she said, with a smile splashed across her face.
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