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Savannah soldier moves forward on America's Got Talent

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A soldier stationed in Savannah stole the heart of America and the judges with his impressive audition on "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday night.

However, it's not just his voice that generated America's standing ovation; it's his service for America, as a Private First Class in the United States Army stationed right here in Savannah at Hunter Army Airfield.

"It's crazy," said Paul Ieti. "Like here's this slow motion Mel B from the Spice Girls coming up to hug me, then Heidi Klum and then Howard Stern. It was crazy. I'm just blessed to get to experience something like this."

Ieti joined the Army straight out of high school, recently returning from a nine month tour in Afgahnistan. He said that was a time in his life when music was more important than ever.

"When we were down range, missing my family, stressed out about work or it was just too hot, I'd sing to myself. Or my battle buddies asked me to sing them a song just to make them feel better," he said.

An escape his battle buddies say did more than just lift their spirits.

"When he'd sing, it just took them out of the situation we were in," said Spc. Jason Timms. "In a different country, let them relax and this was something different for a change. He was kind of a morale booster for everyone over there."

Now that they are back home, Ieti will still be fighting for America, but this time fighting for their votes.

This humble, soft spoken soldier can belt it. Now he's moving on to the judgement/bootcamp round, but Ieti already knows a thing or two about bootcamp.

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