By Brent Furdyk.

The new season of “America’s Got Talent” has offered viewers plenty of emotional moments so far, and this week’s edition served up another one, courtesy of a capella vocal group Acapop! Kids.

The group, consisting of youngsters ranging in age from 12 to 17, told the judges that they would be performing an original song composed by a former member Nolan Gibbons.

In a montage, Gibbons’ parents explained he died suddenly and unexpectedly, categorized as sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC).


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The song, “My Turn”, paid tribute to Gibbons, with an emotional performance that brought the audience and the judges to their feet for a standing ovation.

“This is what you guys are meant to do,” declared judge Sofia Vergara.

“I think to sing a song as a tribute to someone you’ve lost is such a difficult thing to do,” added Simon Cowell. “So emotional. So respectful, by the way, and it was what I call a ‘moment.’ Love you guys, you’re brilliant.”


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Three unanimous yes votes from the judges (fourth judge Howie Mandel was still MIA this week) guarantee that Agapop! Kids will be back to dazzle viewers in episodes to come.





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