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Musa Motha’s “Captivating” Golden Buzzer Dance Will Make You So Emotional

Simon Cowell wasted no time bestowing his Golden Buzzer on this inspirational dancer.

By Jill Sederstrom

Musa Motha has officially arrived on America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League — in more ways than one.

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After battling Visa issues in the first round of the competition, the inspiring dancer, who lost a leg during a childhood battle with cancer, made it to the Semifinals live and delivered a breathtaking performance so powerful it earned the coveted Golden Buzzer from Judge, and Musa's Dream Team Mentor, Simon Cowell that had the crowd on their feet.

The pure emotion of the moment caught up with Motha, who broke down in tears as the audience cheered and chanted his name.

Musa Motha’s Inspiring Backstory

Musa Motha, wearing a white shirt with his crutches, standing in front of a mic on stage.

The South African dancer is the epitome of resilience. After getting diagnosed with cancer in his left leg at the age of 11, doctors were left with no choice but to amputate the limb. 

Motha chose to see the setback as a new opportunity and dove into physical therapy to train himself how to walk on crutches.

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“I pushed myself,” he said ahead of his Semifinals performance.

Walking soon turned to dancing as Motha found a “new thing” he could master to reinvent himself. 

“I would say dance saved me in so many ways,” he said. 

The world first saw his unprecedented talent during his run on Britain’s Got Talent in Season 16. Motha took fifth place in the competition and won the unwavering support of Cowell — who even named his audition as one of the “most memorable” auditions of his entire AGT career.

It was no surprise, then, when Cowell chose Motha as his first round pick on AGT: Fantasy League, but Motha was dealt another setback when his Visa didn’t go through in time to make it to Hollywood for the first round of competition. Instead, he had to perform remotely from the UK.

“I was so scared, like, how will the people take it?” he said. “Are they going to feel it seeing it on a screen?” 

But even a television screen couldn’t mute the power of his movements and he had the audience on their feet and “some in tears,” as Cowell told him.

Musa Motha’s Golden Buzzer Performance

Musa Motha performs during Season 1 Episode 6 of America's Got Talent: Fantasy League

With the Visa issues out of the way, this time Motha was able to take the AGT stage in person as he danced to “The Village” by Wrabel, mesmerizing the audience with spins, leaps and a series of movements that effortlessly flowed into one another. He relied on a single crutch to act almost as another appendage and move him across the stage.

The most powerful moment came at the end when Motha dropped the crutch and finished the performance on one leg, jumping, spinning to the ground and doing a flip before standing back up.

“I’ve been told that it’s impossible, but I know I am possible,” a voice said over the music. 

Within seconds, the crowd was on their feet and an emotional Motha covered his face with his hands as he wept. 

What Did Simon Say About Musa Motha?

Simon Cowell smiles in his judges chair on America's Got Talent: Fantasy League Episode 101

As the crowd chanted his name, Cowell wasted no time weighing in on the Act. 

“Oh wow,  wow, wow,” he said. “Musa, you know, we met in the UK. I’ll never forget the first time I saw him. It was one of those moments, you know, where you just go ‘I will never forget that.’”

“There’s something so amazing about you and you just, everyone—I was looking around—they were captivated and I don’t think the finale would be the same without you and I want to give you a little hand,” he added before slamming his hand on the Golden Buzzer and sending golden confetti reigning down on an ecstatic Motha. 

Cowell joined Motha on stage as the two celebrated. Before leaving the stage, Motha took a moment to share what the experience meant to him.

“Thank you Simon and these are the moments where I think about like when I was struggling a lot in hospital and then I kept on seeing people, you know, not making it, you know, but this is just, like, a manifestation of, like, everything that I was dreaming about,” he said.

Watch all-new episodes of America's Got Talent: Fantasy League, airing Mondays at 8/7c on NBC and streaming the next day on Peacock.