The choir that has made South Africa proud throughout their journey on America’s Got Talent sadly did not walk away with the grand prize. Their mind-blowing performances however, united the nation. The Ndlovu Youth Choir lost the final battle to 22-year-old singer Kodi Lee, who received judge Gabrielle Union’s first golden buzzer during the audition stages.

The choir first rose to fame in October 2018 with their performance of Ed Sheeran’s ‘The Shape of You” featuring Grammy-winning flutist Wouter Kellerman. The video quickly went viral in South Africa and currently sits on 4.3-million views.

The talented team went viral once again in early 2019 when they broke out into song after the plane they were on was grounded in Johannesburg due to poor weather conditions. A fellow passenger filmed this moving video.

So we are stuck on the runway for over an hour and a half, having to refuel and await a decision as to which route to fly (or something) because winds keep changing (I honestly don’t know what’s happening) … and then this happens! This choir has been an absolute blessing. I freaking love my country!!! So beautiful. I am so touched. #proudlysouthafrican

Gepostet von Kristoffer Greyling am Freitag, 19. April 2019

They then took their talents to an international stage when they auditioned for America’s Got Talent in March 2019. With every performance, they burrowed their way deeper and deeper into the hearts of South Africans and the American public who consistently voted them through to the final.

Here are some of their standout performances in their America’s Got Talent journey:

The choir has been going for 10 years and began as a way to give many underprivileged kids purpose, a voice and happiness in the face of adversity. What resonates so much about Ndlovu Youth Choir is the message they stand for.

“Our dream is to let children around the world know that just because you are born in poverty, it doesn’t mean that you are poverty,” says conductor Ralf Schmitt.

“We want people to know that coming from a less privileged area, it doesn’t mean that you can’t accomplish anything or overcome anything. Allow yourself to dream. You can make it. The sky is the limit,” says the group.

Picture: Ndlovu Youth Choir/Twitter

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