“The power of the Golden Buzzer is not something to be taken lightly,” says new guest judge Laverne Cox about Tuesday’s Judge Cuts 3 episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. Watch Cox’s video interview above. “I take it very, very seriously that I have the power of the Golden Buzzer. I love it when you see talent where it is clear that it has taken time for them to cultivate it. You have to work hard, kids, to cultivate that talent.”
Cox has a lot of power, indeed, as the past two “AGT” guest judges anointed Golden Buzzer acts that went on to become insanely viral. Judge Cuts 1 guest Chris Hardwick picked nine-year-old singer Angelica Hale as his Golden Buzzer, while Judge Cuts 2 guest DJ Khaled opted for singer-songwriter Chase Goehring. Hale and Goehring join the other Golden Buzzer acts from this 2017 season, which you can see down in our photo gallery below.
Besides guesting on “America’s Got Talent,” Cox can currently be seen on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” where she plays transgender prisoner Sophia Burset. Cox is nominated for an Emmy for her work on that streaming series in the category of Best Comedy Guest Actress, where she faces stiff competition from Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”), Shannon Purser (“Stranger Things”), Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder”) and Alison Wright (“The Americans”).
“Americas Got Talent” Season 12 continues Tuesday night on NBC with its third round of Judge Cuts. Twenty acts will perform, but only seven will make it through to the live shows: one chosen by Cox and six picked by full-time judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel.