Simon Cowell says he wasn’t expecting what he saw from Michigan man on ‘AGT’


Simon Cowell calls him talented with a lot of charisma. 38-year old Philip Bowen just auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” and wowed the judges with his fiddle playing ability on the season premiere airing on NBC on Tuesday, May 30th.

Bowen was born in West Virginia and has lived in Brownstown Township in Metro Detroit since transferring here because of his job back in 2014. Also a singer/songwriter who is set to release his first album this summer, Bowen told the judges he’s been playing the fiddle since he was very young.

“When I was four years old, I was watching “Sesame Street” and I saw this amazing violinist named Itzhak Perlman, and I begged my mother to let me take violin lessons,” Bowen said before his “AGT” performance. “From there I fell in love with it and I’ve been playing ever since. I have three young kids and I want to show them that it’s ever too late to chase down a dream.”

“I just wasn’t expecting that. You are so talented. You have so much charisma,” Cowell said after Bowen’s performance. “You could feel the energy in here. They love you. You made your mom and dad so proud after that performance. That was a great audition.”

“I mean, I was like, crying a little bit because I saw how important this was for you,” added Sofia Vergara. “And this is why this show is so special, because it makes people like you have this moment. It might even change your life because this was the place you were supposed to be.”

“You were beautiful, young man,” said Howie Mandel. “What you did, how you sounded and who you are, are beautiful.”

All four judges then gave Bowen a yes sending him into the next round which will be in the coming weeks as this is just the first night of auditions.


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