Members of a Chicago high school choir who stole the show at their first audition on “America’s Got Talent” went for their second performance this week again reeling from a tragedy that rocked the group.
âAll of us are in pain right now,â said Michael Gibson, director of âMusicality Vocal Ensembleâ.
Shortly after stunning the judges at their first audition, a member of the singing group learned that his sister had been murdered.
“After the hearing I learned while in school that my sister had been murdered and put behind a dumpster and left where no one would find her,” said Reggie Woods, member and student. of the Metropolitan High School Curia.
Suddenly the group went from their highest level to their lowest level.
âPassing the first audition was like a dream. We’ve come a very long way, but in these areas where there’s so much violence, really bad things can happen,â Gibson said.
Gibson noted that the neighborhood where many college students live on the southwest side of Chicago is “pretty tough.”
âThese children are even afraid to come to school,â he said. âThat’s when I got the idea to start an after-school program.
With pain still on their faces, the band took to the stage for their second “America’s Got Talent” audition on Wednesday, and the moving performance that followed put the entire audience on their feet.
“It’s amazing to see you play,” said guest judge Louis Tomlinson of One Direction. “The unity and love you have for each other is so infectious. It was really, really nice.”
The group is now moving on to touring the hit show live, with contestants vying for a million dollar prize. âAmerica’s Got Talentâ airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC.