“America’s Got Talent” introduced the Golden Buzzer that sent an act straight through to the quarter-finals two years ago (a previous version had been used to break ties). Each judge and the host get to use it once during the audition stage of “AGT.” In Season 10, guest judge Marlon Wayans pressed it for ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, who went on to win. And last year, Howie Mandel hit it for 12-year-old singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal, who likewise prevailed.
With Heidi Klum having finally used her Golden Buzzer on the July 11 episode for teen talent Angelina Green, all four judges plus new host Tyra Banks have weighed in with their picks of the best auditions. Which of these do you think is likeliest to win the show?
Below, we recap each performance and include a link to their respective audition videos. After watching all five acts perform, weigh in with your pick for the winner in our poll and sound off in the comments section.
During the premiere episode on May 30, Mel B was won over by Darci Lynne Farmer, a winsome pre-teen from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Farmer, 12, looked like a seasoned pro as she sang a duet of “Summertime” with her puppet Petunia. Watch Farmer’s audition video.
We saw the curmudgeonly Simon Cowell crack when deaf singer Mandy Harvey performed on the June 6 episode. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter from St. Cloud, Florida performed a heartfelt rendition of her original tune “Try.” Watch Harvey’s audition video.
Mandel was next to press the Golden Buzzer when Christian Guardino came before the panel on June 13 and told his story. Blind since almost birth, he regained his sight four years ago and now, at 16, he is ready to show the world that he can sing. This native of Patchogue, New York dazzled with “Who’s Lovin’ You. Watch Guardino’s audition video.
Banks may be new to hosting the show but she looked like an old pro when she sent Light Balance through on June 20. She was impressed with this dance group from the Ukraine, which made their audition stand out by the use of neon lights attached to their costumes. Watch Light Balance’s audition video.
Klum had her heart broken by Green, who told the panel on July 11 of being abandoned by her father and supported by her mother who was watching in the wings. She then did a powerful version of The Pretenders‘ classic “I’ll Stand By You.” Watch Green’s audition video.
Who do you think deserves to win Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent”? Vote in our poll below and then sound off in the comments section.
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