Johnny Manuel Crushes Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’ On America’s Got Talent

By Shawn Rice

Jonny Manuel was once on tour with NSYNC, but then suddenly lost his music career. Now, he performed Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” on America’s Got Talent.

He signed a contract with Warner Bros. Records when he was a 13-year-old singing star named Lil’ Johnny. The teen from Flint, Michigan recorded an album sampler with music producer Jermaine Dupri and in 2001 toured with JD’s other young super star, Lil’ Bow Wow.

Before performing, Manuel said, “As a kid I thought that I was gonna take off and see the stars, and obviously it didn’t happen that way. I hope what can happen is that I’m finally able to be who I am and present myself and my music to the world.”

“Oh. My. Gosh,” Mel B praised. “You are so powerful, and I know you’ve had a journey to get here but thank you, thank you, thank you for showing up.”

Cowell said, “I love the fact that little shy Johnnny is really a diva. I want to see a bit more of that. What’s great about you is you are somebody who can nail and sell a song.”

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America’s Got Talent Social Media Reactions

When people ask me why I did #AGT – THIS IS WHY! It gives people the chance to shine in front of the world and boy did @JohnnyManuel shine!!

— Tom London (@TomLondonMagic) June 28, 2017

You smashed it man! ??@JohnnyManuel @AGT

— Chase Goehring (@chasegoehring) June 28, 2017

@JohnnyManuel Loved your performance so much last night! You are incredible! I couldn’t wait for AGT to end so I could watch The Bodyguard?

— Jill Hoover (@jillhoov) June 28, 2017

@JohnnyManuel was absolutely incredible on #AGT last night. He will go far in this competition !!

— Sydney (@Syd_Spaulding) June 28, 2017

@JohnnyManuel A spine tingling experience you are already a star!

— Penny Dukes (@pjdukes) June 28, 2017

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