‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant disowned by family because he is gay

Staff Reports

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Jonathan Allen, a 20-year-old aspiring singer from Lawrenceburg, Tenn., appearing Tuesday night on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” captured the hearts of judges and viewers after learning that, at age 18, he was disowned by his family because he is gay.

Allen said he was kicked out of his parent’s home on his 18th birthday due to his sexual orientation, and is now persuing his dream of becoming a singer.

“With your talent, the show has become your family,” said judge Howie Mandell. “And we’d like to say, welcome home. We love you, and we accept you.”


Allen’s stunning performance of Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye,” received a standing ovation by judges and audience members.

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