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Why Simon Cowell Called This High School Choir Group From Chicago 'An Inspiration'

Their performance will give you goosebumps.

Tuesday night began the first round of live shows on America's Got Talent. One act in particular had the judges feeling inspired. Their name is Musicality and they're a high school choir from the South Side of Chicago.

The group has experienced firsthand the challenges and tragedies of living in such a rough area. One of the members learned of his sister's murder before the second round. He says that spending time with the group "pulled me out of that hole I was in."

The group's director, Michael Gibson, said he sees "endless potential" in the teens he works with.

Musicality receives no funding, so they raise money through fundraisers. The program first started eight years ago to give students an opportunity to express themselves when the school's performing arts program was eliminated.

The group hopes to prove "that no matter where we come from, we belong here."

Musicality's song choice for this round was Ariana Grande's "One Last Time." When all their voices joined together onstage, the sound was powerful.

After the performance, judge Mel B told them, "I'm rooting for you always."

Simon Cowell called the group "an inspiration" and praised Michael for his leadership: "Everyone needs someone like you in their lives."

For Howie Mandel, the judgment was simple: "You inspire."


Watch Musicality's performance below:


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