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Detroit Youth Choir were a choir act from Season 14 of America's Got Talent. They were the runners-up of the competition.


The Detroit Youth Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company (DYC) is a non- profit 501 (c) 3 organization that services young people throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area. The Detroit Youth Choir teaches and develops students through music education, dance, and theatrical arts. Our program is designed for youth between the ages of 8-18.

The Detroit Youth Choir vision is to offer the youth of Metro Detroit a world class performing art experience that develops their creative skills and talents.

Our organization was founded in September 1996 under the conductorship of Fleming J. Ivory. Anthony T. White succeeded Fleming Ivory in September 2001.

The Detroit Youth Choir has performed at various events around the City of Detroit, nationally, and internationally. We had the opportunity, to perform at the Michigan Outdoor Adventure Center’s ribbon cutting ceremony before Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan. We also performed at the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony before many celebrities, dignitaries, and pioneers of the music industry.

The Detroit Youth Choir’s most recent major accomplishment(s) include: participating in a documentary IMAX film titled “America’s Musical Journey” which was be shown in all IMAX Theatres across the U.S and DYC recorded with the UK group The Go! Team and was featured on seven songs on The Go! Team’s album. The Detroit Youth Choir entered the national competition America’s Got Talent where the choir traveled to Cincinnati, OH in hopes of making it to the main stage in Los Angeles, CA. The organization has also performed for other local organizations such as; Spectrum Children Services, Detroit Pistons, U of M Basketball Club Ann Arbor, Scholars for Dollars, Focus Hope, Arise Detroit, A.I.M. Youth Conference, The D-drop New Year’s Eve Celebration, IMPACT TV, Light up Detroit organization, Youth Development Commission of Detroit and The Detroit Public Library. [1]


Detroit Youth Choir's audition in Episode 1404 consisted of singing, rapping and dancing to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us." Moved by their performance, Terry Crews pressed his Golden Buzzer, sending Detroit Youth Choir straight to the Quarterfinals.


Detroit Youth Choir's Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1415 consisted of singing, dancing and rapping Carrie Underwood's "The Champion". Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell all gave them standing ovations. The group received enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1418 instead of Gonzo.


Detroit Youth Choir's Semifinals performance in Episode 1419 consisted of singing, dancing and rapping to Panic! At The Disco's "High Hopes". Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell and guest judge Queen Latifah all gave them standing ovations. They received enough votes to advance to the Finals in Episode 1420 instead of Lukas & Falco and Marcin Patrzalek.


Detroit Youth Choir's Finals performance in Episode 1421 consisted of reprising Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us" from their audition. Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell all gave them standing ovations.


For the finale in Episode 1422, Detroit Youth Choir performed "Can't Hold Us" with Macklemore after Ndlovu Youth Choir performed "Higher Love" with Kygo. They received enough votes to advance to the Top 5 instead of Tyler Butler-Figueroa. They finished the competition in 2nd place ahead of Ryan Niemiller, V.Unbeatable and Voices of Service, but behind Kodi Lee.

After the Show

Detroit Youth Choir returned as guest performers in Episode 1522 singing Imagine Dragons' "Believer".  On October 16, 2020, they performed John Legend and Common's "Glory" at a campaign event in Detroit for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.


  • Detroit Youth Choir is the first singing act to receive the Golden Buzzer from the host of the show.
  • Detroit Youth Choir is the second choir in the history of America's Got Talent to make the finals.
  • At second place, they are tied for the highest-placing group act in series history with Silhouettes from Season 6 and Zurcaroh from Season 13.
  • They are the highest-placing choir in series history.
  • They are the third consecutive Golden Buzzer given by a host to make it to the top 3, following Light Balance and Zurcaroh.

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