EAST AMHERST, NY - Paul Safy, Jr. of East Amherst performed Tuesday night on America's Got Talent. Wednesday night we will see if American chose him to win the competition. It took 4 auditions that started in New York City in October to get to this point.
Safy told the crowd the biggest sacrifice he's had to made to pursue his dream is time with his family in Buffalo. Safy is a 2001 graduate of St. Joe's and a 2005 graduate of the University at Buffalo. Safy was also known as the "Singing Bar Tender" during his time behind the bar at La-Tee-Da Restaurant on Allen Street. Safy was named "Buffalo's Idol" in 2008 and has performed at numerous events and even recorded classic crooner tunes. He currently lives in New York City where he is pursuing his singing career by performing in clubs and restaurants. Safy auditioned for American Idol back in 2008 but did not make it past the off-camera interviews. He decided to audition for America's Got Talent when auditions were held in New York City in October. He passed through 3 off camera rounds and was sent through by the judges live a few weeks ago.
On Tuesday night, America's Got Talent judges were critical of Safy's performance. Sharon Osbourne complemented his voice, but felt he needed to work on his delivery. Howie Mandel called the performance "cheesy" while Piers Morgan suggested Safy relax. That's more difficult said than done after meeting with voice coaches, style and wardrobe consultants in LA in preparation for the audition.
Viewers could vote Tuesday night and results are shared live on Wednesday nights. America's Got Talent airs Wednesday on NBC at 9:00 p.m.
Click on the video link above to see Marissa Bailey's report and hear the self-described crooner sing some tunes...