Utica Illusionist Leone Etienne sent a personal message to America's Got Talent (AGT) judge Howard Stern on Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the live NBC show airs.

It was a message from Leon, and hundreds of fans from a recent show who began chanting, "Bring leon Back!"

The NBC AGT live show airs Wednesday night at 9 p.m. on NBC (WKTV Utica) and it's anticipated that the judges will each be given the opportunity to bring one act back into the semi-finals.  A local effort to bring Etienne back has been ongoing for the last several days.

The semi-finals of the talent competition begin next week.