'America's Got Talent' 2018: 'Glee' Star Noah Guthrie Earns Spot in Round Two

Viewers who tuned into America's Got Talent Tuesday may have recognized contestant Noah Guthrie. That's because he used to be on the hit musical-drama series, Glee

Guthrie, 24, is a South Carolina native. He initially rose to fame by making viral YouTube videos. By 2015, he landed a role as Roderick Meeks on Glee's sixth and final season after receiving a phone call "out of the blue" from the show's casting department. 

"Being on Glee was one of the most exciting times of my life. My character, Roderick, was the shy, chubby, misfit kid—and that's who I was in high school. So, I got it. I got the character," Guthrie said on Tuesday's episode. "Growing up, I was trying to figure out where I fit in. The way I did that, was with music. Then, I was the kid who could sing. Not the big kid that didn't have any friends or anything."

After Glee ended, Guthrie said he had to "find where I fit" and "get back to my music." He shared his talents with the world by appearing in week three of America's Got Talent's auditions Tuesday.

During his audition, judge Simon Cowell claimed to have "recognized" the singer-actor because of his former Glee part. Guthrie then performed his rendition of Rihanna's single "Love On The Brain" from her 2016 album, Anti. He wowed the judges and fans in attendance, ultimately earning a spot in round two. Guthrie later thanked the judges and fans for supporting his journey on America's Got Talent. 

"Thanks so much to everyone at @AGT, but especially to all the viewers for your very kind messages and comments," Guthrie tweeted Tuesday. "I'm so excited to be moving on to the 2nd round. I can't wait to sing for y'all again!"

Guthrie wasn't the only standout singer to audition for the long-running reality series Tuesday. Contestant Ms.Trysh impressed judges—particularly her crush, Cowell—with her rendition of "If I Were Your Woman," but it was 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin's high-energy performance of "Hard To Handle" that earned her a standing ovation and secured her judge Howie Mandel's sole-golden buzzer. With the golden buzzer, Hadwin will be able to go straight to the live show and skip the subsequent audition rounds that would've followed.

Season 13 of America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

noah guthrie Singer Noah Guthrie wowed judges on week three of "America's Got Talent" auditions through his rendition of Rihanna's "Love On The Brain" June 12, 2018. Guthrie rose to fame as Roderick on Fox's "Glee." Trae Patton/NBC