America’s Got Talent Recognizes Advantage Student Tyler Bell’s Skills

Tyler Bell, a 27-year-old single father to three-year-old son, Krisjan, recently learned that he could be among the gifted people in the running to win America’s Got Talent (AGT). AGT is a reality series on NBC that features performers of all ages competing for the prize of one million dollars.

Tyler enrolled in Mid-Continent University’s Advantage after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard for six years. He is a student in the Paducah 17F cohort group. Tyler has long played the guitar for fun with his friends and family, but a few months ago Tyler’s friends convinced him to enter into a local restaurant competition. After doing well in the competition, he continued to perform regularly. He auditioned in the WPSD Local 6 Talent Search at Harrah’s in Metropolis, Illinois and was thrilled to finish in the final 16, which qualified him to try-out in Chicago for AGT in late January. Tyler wowed the judges’ panel in Chicago by performing Brandon Jenkins’ version of “Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” and made it to the next round that will start filming in February and include the celebrity judges.

Tyler said, “I have been so busy it’s crazy. I auditioned in Chicago and was very well received. I was not informed much of the next steps other than that I would be contacted with the information on where I would do the celebrity judge round. The judges really liked me a lot. I spoke on my three year old being my biggest influence and how I didn’t even know I could hardly sing until six months ago.”  

You can follow Tyler’s journey and find out more about him by liking his fan page on facebook at He has posted a video of him singing the song that got him to the celebrity judge round to his cohort group on the fan page as well. Check him out!! Be sure to support your fellow Advantage student! GOOD LUCK TYLER!!