“America’s Got Talent” just wrapped up the second phase of the competition – judge cuts. Over the course of four episodes, guest judges Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn, Martina McBride and Chris Hardwick singled out an act each for special treatment by pressing the Golden Buzzer and sending them straight to the live shows. These performers join the five chosen by the regular judges – Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — as well as host Tyra Banks during the audition phase of the show.
Check out the audition videos of each of the nine acts by clicking on their names below. Then cast your ballot in our poll for the act that you’d like to see win season 13 of “AGT” and take home the million dollar grand prize and a contract to headline a show at a Las Vegas casino. And be sure to sound off in the comments section with your thoughts on the best (and worst) auditions of the season so far.
Flau’jae (Chris Hardwick on August 7): This 14-year-old rapper Flau’jae revealed that she wanted to continue her father’s legacy after he was gunned down. She won over Chris with an original song about her life, “I Can’t Lose.”
Quin and Misha (Martina McBride on July 31): Quin, a 71-year-old dancer originally from Taiwan, teamed up with 35-year-old Misha to perform an inspirational routine that brought Martina to tears.
Angel City Chorale (Olivia Munn on July 24): This 145-member choir from Los Angeles delivered a stunning rendition of “Baba Yetu” that prompted Olivia to observe, “seeing the diversity, seeing different ages, different races, and yet you guys are all singing from the same voice is so inspirational.”
Voices of Hope Childrens Choir (Ken Jeong on July 17): This group of 70 kids from Orange County wowed with their harmonies on “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” the Oscar-nominated song by Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”).
Makayla Phillips (Heidi Klum on July 10): This talented teen had the whole room rocking with her rendition of the Demi Lovato hit tune “Warrior.” That show-stopping number ended with the crowd giving her a standing ovation.
Amanda Mena (Mel B on June 19): Before performing the Carole King classic “Natural Woman,” this soft-spoken 15-year-old girl revealed she was nervous. But when she sang, all trace of nerves was gone. Indeed, her homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, evoked memories of the Motown sound that ruled the charts in the 1960s.
Courtney Hadwin (Howie Mandel on June 12): The encouragement of Mel B got this 13-year-old girl, who admitted to being plagued with stage fright, to raise her voice in song. And what a voice it is. Hadwin sounded like a singer who has been performing for years as she belted out the Otis Redding classic “Hard to Handle.”
Michael Ketterer (Simon Cowell on June 5): This pediatric mental health nurse told his touching story of being a father to six children, five of whom were in foster care, before singing the Bee Gees classic “To Love Somebody.”
Zurcaroh (Tyra Banks on May 29): This dance group made up of non-professionals, defied gravity with a routine that left Banks breathless. After watching them fly through the air with the greatest of ease, the sassy host of “AGT” admitted, “I need some oxygen right now, I am freaking out right now” before she pressed the Golden Buzzer.