Bell County singer Jimmy Rose made the cut on America's Got Talent on Wednesday night, becoming one of the acts that will move on to next week's top 12 in the competition.
Rose edged out fellow Kentuckian Marty Brown from Daviess County.
"It's hard because I love Marty. He's just like myself," Rose said after learning he'd been selected. "I just give God the credit, and these judges and my fans and family and friends back home. Thank you America."
Rose drew votes for his strong performance of If Tomorrow Never Comes on the show Tuesday night.
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Several members of the show's panel of judges said Tuesday night's competition was perhaps the closest and toughest in the show's history.
"You are on the most amazing night America's Got Talent has ever had," Howie Mandel said.
"You sing from the heart, and I do think America responds to that," Heidi Klum told Rose on Tuesday night. Klum added that she expected things would be hard for Rose on Wednesday.
But Rose, an Iraq veteran from Pineville, proved her wrong.