Local 10-Year-Old Advances to Next Round of ‘America’s Got Talent’
Jun 13, 2016 04:18PM
● By Shannon Antinori
Mason Bumba auditions for the judges on the June 7 episode of "America's Got Talent."
Most people are intimidated by Simon Cowell, not the other way around.
But when Mason Bumba appeared on last week's America's Got Talent, the celebrity judge said he had no other choice but to send him on to the next round.
“If I say no, you’ll beat me up,” Cowell joked to Mason, who showed off his extreme martial arts skills during the audition round of AGT on June 7.
Mason, a martial arts world champion who lives in Yorkville but trains in Oswego, performed flips and other acrobatics with a bo staff during the audition round, earning “yes” votes from all four judges, including Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum.
Mason traveled to Pasadena, California, to audition in front of the judges and thousands of AGT fans.
“It was nerve-wracking but also exciting at the same time,” said Mason. “It felt really good to get four yeses because it means I move on to the next round.”
Judge Howie Mandel asked Mason if he ever has to deal with bullies.
“No, because they know not to mess with me,” Mason told the judge during his appearance on the show.
The Yorkville Intermediate School student, who is sponsored by sponsored by GForce/Team Str8Up and Fighters Inc., is no stranger to the limelight. In November, he represented the United States at the World Kickboxing Association Unified World Championships in Spain, where he took home gold medals in seven divisions.
Mason has been training in martial arts since he was 4 years old.
“I got started because of ‘Power Rangers,’” he said. “I started training at a high level three years ago.”
Along with competing at tournaments across the U.S., Mason plays basketball and trains at Phenom Gymnastics in Oswego.
Mason said he submitted an audition video to AGT in February. A month later, he learned he was one of 300 contestants chosen to audition on the show. His performance on June 7 earned him a spot among 80 contestants who will perform during the Judge Cuts portion of the competition.
An airdate has yet to be set for Mason’s Judges Cut performance. Mom Christina Bumba said the show will notify the family a week before his next appearance will air.
“It’s been nerve-wracking, exciting and fun,” Mason said.
WATCH A CLIP OF MASON'S PERFORMANCE IN THE VIDEO CLIP BELOW