SIKESTON -- Neal E. Boyd brought his "A game" to Las Vegas for the callbacks on "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday night.
The Sikeston native, who is a tenor, was shown in several intros and teasers for the show before he rounded out the performances in the opera division. Early in the show, he said he didn't "want to let this moment go."
An NBC show, "America's Got Talent" is the biggest talent search in the world. The winner, which viewers vote to decide, will earn $1 million and the chance to perform their act in Las Vegas.
At the beginning of the show, 19 groups were sent home before even performing in what host Jerry Springer dubbed "the toughest Vegas week ever." Ninety-four contestants, including Boyd, stayed to wow the judges and compete for one of the 40 spots in the live shows.
While one act took the stage, others in that category stood to wait and watch in the wings. Boyd was shown looking a bit nervous while others in his group performed. Of one of his contestants, he said "I want to give him a run for his money."
Still waiting in the wings, Boyd said the experience is something he'd dreamt about his entire life. "I never thought singing in that little bedroom when I was a kid would bring me here ... but my mom did," said Boyd, adding that he wants to make her proud. "I want this bad and I'm going to fight as hard as I've fought my entire life for what I've wanted."
Last to perform in his category, Boyd told judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff that singing is "one thing I've always done well."
Boyd said he's always been "the big fat kid. But when I open my mouth and sing to people, something changes. I'm accepted."
After Morgan asked Boyd whether he thought he could win the competition, Boyd responded "absolutely."
And after performing, Boyd said he thought he did good.
And the judges agreed. In the end, all those in the opera division -- including Boyd -- were some of the 60 contestants that moved on to the next round.
On Thursday, the Top 40 will be revealed at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.