Filipino beatboxer Neil Rey Garcia Llanes returned to "Asia's Got Talent" on Thursday with a performance that had the judges regretting not saving their golden buzzer, which would have sent him straight to the semis.
His beatboxing showcase drew a standing ovation from all three judges, including music icon David Foster, who told him: "You can actually win this competition."
Jay Park praised his showmanship, while Anggun gushed that he definitely "stepped it up" this time around.
In the end, he got the three nods needed to net him a chance to move on past the audition rounds.
Llanes joined the first season of "Asia's Got Talent" in 2015, impressing the show's judges with his beatboxing skills.
He dropped out of the competition, however, because the schedules for preparations and rehearsals for the show were in conflict with his studies.
"I decided to drop the chance for the first season, finish first my studies, and audition again for the next season," he said in an interview with Sunstar Davao in 2015.