Derek Lawrence
June 13, 2017 AT 11:15 PM EDT

Sixteen-year-old Christian Guardino inspired and dazzled on Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent, earning himself the coveted golden buzzer.

The young singer, who at the age of 12 was cured of blindness, impressed the audience and panel of judges by belting out The Jackson 5’s “Who’s Lovin’ You.” His performance left the always opinionated Simon Cowell speechless, while fellow judge Howie Mandel granted Guardino’s wish for the golden buzzer, meaning the contestant automatically advances to the next round.

As confetti rained down and the judges gave him a standing ovation, an emotional Guardino teared up. Soon, he was joined onstage by his mom and Mandel, sharing hugs with both of them.

Mandel continued to sing the young man’s praises on Twitter, declaring, “Boy, I didn’t expect that performance from @christiansings #AGT.” Then, after Guardino shared his gratitude for the fans and Mandel, the comedian wrote, “Thank you for being an inspiration to us all!”

Host Tyra Banks also shared her enthusiasm for the performance online, writing, “@ChristianSings you just BLEW ME AWAY!”

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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