After the last of the “America’s Got Talent” audition episodes aired on July 10, we knew five of the nine acts that got the Golden Buzzer and a ticket straight to the live shows in Hollywood. Heidi Klum was the last of the four judges to find an act that deserved this special treatment. She pressed the button for 15-year-old singer Makayla Phillips on this sixth episode of “AGT.”
Her rivals on the judging panel — Mel B, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel — had already singled out their favorites as had host Tyra Banks. In the upcoming judges cuts episodes, each of the four guest panelists will also get to bestow this honor on an act.
Which of the five Golden Buzzer acts that we’ve seen so far do you want to win the million grand prize and a stint as a headliner in a Las Vegas casino? Take a read of our recap of each performance and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in the comments section with your thoughts on the best (and worst) auditions of the season so far.
Makayla Phillips (Heidi Klum on July 10): This talented teenager 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.