Of the three current Golden Buzzer acts from “America’s Got Talent” Season 12, which one broke your heart the most? All three emotional performances — child ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, deaf singer Mandy Harvey and formerly blind crooner Christian Guardino — have gone viral on YouTube on Facebook, so let us know which is your favorite by voting down in our poll below. So far three of the four “AGT” judges have chosen a Golden Buzzer act — the lone holdout is Heidi Klum — thereby sending their respective performers straight through to the 2017 live rounds.
Mel B was the first to anoint a Golden Buzzer act this season, choosing 12-year-old ventriloquist Farmer. (Watch Farmer’s performance.) This talented tyke from Oklahoma City, OK already had the four judges rooting for her with her winsome ways. She admitted that she began working with her puppet Petunia, a rascally rabbit, just two years to overcome her shyness. There was certainly no trace of nerves when she started to perform “Summertime,” the ballad from the George Gershwin opera “Porgy & Bess,” that became a signature song for Ella Fitgerald. Her sweet voice was soon overpowered by that of Petunia, and the two soon got into a battle for supremacy in their duet.
When Simon Cowell hit his Golden Buzzer for Harvey, it was a truly breathtaking moment for the 29-year-old woman, who went deaf due to a connective tissue disorder when she was 18. (Watch Harvey sing her original song “Try.”) “Growing up the only thing I wanted to do was sing,” Harvey noted in the emotional pre-taped “AGT” package. After she went deaf in college, she became determined not to give up on her dream. Thanks to her father’s support, Harvey re-taught herself to sing again with the aid of a guitar tuner and by feeling the vibrations, saying, “Music now isn’t about the sound, it’s about the feeling.”
Last week Howie Mandel pressed his button for Guardino, a 16-year-old Long Island, New York native who went blind when he was just six months old. (Watch him belt out “Who’s Lovin’ You.”) When he was 12, his parents found an experimental gene therapy and Guardino was able to gain his sight back. When Mandel asked Guardino what his one wish would be, the teenager replied, “Right this second? Probably the Golden Guzzer.” The boy was shocked as Mandel jumped up and pressed the buzzer, barely able to get out a word when “Americas Got Talent” host Tyra Banks went over to congratulate him amidst the shower of golden confetti.
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