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DeCory: Memorial High School Student Wins Episode of ‘Showtime at the Apollo’

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DeCory performing on stage. (Photo courtesy of Showtime at the Apollo.) 


DeCory, a 14-year-old Memorial High School freshman, has been showcasing his smooth vocals and assortment of dance moves at Houston area events for years. He recently took his talents to the national stage where he performed as a finalist on FOX’s legendary talent show, Showtime at the Apollo, hosted by Steve Harvey.

DeCory’s performance received a standing ovation. “Winning the ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ was absolutely just mind blowing. I was so nervous, but when everything was said and done it was the best experience ever. It was just a special moment for me and I will always treasure it,” DeCory said.

After his performance, Steve Harvey asked, “Think you might have a little girlfriend after this is over?”

DeCory responded, “No!


DeCory with Steve Harvey on stage. (Photo courtesy of Showtime at the Apollo.) 


Mr. Harvey gave him a questioning expression.

To which DeCory answered, “I’ve got to stay focused!”

The crowd roared, loving this talented kid from Texas even more.

DeCory won the episode.

One of DeCory’s biggest fans is his freshman math teacher, Ms. Rachel Briscoe. She enthusiastically post links of his performances on the homework page so all her math students can see them.

DeCory gained Internet fame after the YouTube video of him performing Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean in a 2016 musical showcase at Spring Branch Middle School reached more than two million views.

DeCory backstage at the Apollo

DeCory backstage at the Apollo, watching other acts perform and patiently waiting to see if he will win the competition.


DeCory’s hard work earned him a Spring Branch youth musical ambassador role, which allowed him to perform to his first full stadium audience at the age of 11 and at the Spring Branch ISD Convocation for a consecutive three years.

On any given day, you can find DeCory performing at various venues, community outreach locations and festivals throughout Texas and Louisiana.

DeCory is the recipient of the 2016-2017 “I AM Spring Branch" award, exemplifying Every Child, Collective Greatness, Collaborative Spirit, Limitless Curiosity and Moral Compass.

Congrats to DeCory on his success on Showtime at the Apollo. Great job representing Houston at New York’s Apollo Theater.

Follow him on all social media at @ImDeCory. Check out his new single Wait a Minute. Also, see DeCory on The Steve Harvey Show

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    DeCory giving some love to the audience. (Photo courtesy of Showtime at the Apollo) 

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DeCory giving some love to the audience. (Photo courtesy of Showtime at the Apollo) 

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