‘AGT’ contestant Michael Ketterer arrested for domestic violence

“America’s Got Talent” finalist Michael Ketterer, a favorite of fans and judge Simon Cowell in the just-completed Season 13, was arrested on a charge of felony domestic violence Thursday.

Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison tells USA TODAY that Ketterer was arrested late Thursday afternoon in Hollywood. Just the night before, Ketterer sang a song written for him by Garth Brooks during the “AGT” season finale.

Ketterer, who made the top five and finished fifth on the NBC talent competition series, has received great praise for his work and family life. The singer is a pediatric nurse and father of six (including five adopted from foster care). He was Cowell’s Golden Buzzer.

“I was pulling for him. I’m not going to lie,” Cowell said after Ketterer’s Wednesday performance of “The Courage to Love,” with Brooks offering encouragement via video. Magician Shin Lim ultimately won the Season 13 crown.

“When he sang the Garth Brooks song, it was one of those magic moments where the song connected, he connected, his voice was better, you could feel it in the crowd,” said Cowell, who also is an “AGT” executive producer and music executive. Cowell, speaking on the post-show red carpet, said he planned to work with Ketterer on his music career.

TMZ first reported the news.

NBC declined comment on Ketterer’s arrest. A representative for Cowell has not responded to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

Contributing: Bill Keveney

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