“America’s Got Talent” has shifted from the audition phase to judges’ cuts. Over the course of the four episodes that began on July 17, the four judges — Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — will revisits the acts that they gave yes votes to over the previous six weeks of shows. Helping them decide which of these to put through to the quarter-finals will be four guest judges.
Each of those guest panellists will get to single out one act for special treatment: the Golden Buzzer. That will assure those performers of a place in the live shows that start on August 14. These hopefuls will join the five Golden Buzzer acts already chosen by the judges and host Tyra Banks.
Watch the audition videos of singers Courtney Hadwin, Michael Ketterer, Amanda Mena and Makayla Phillips as well as dance troupe Zurcaroh by clicking on their names below. Then vote in our poll as to which of these you would like to see win season 13 of “AGT” and that million dollar grand prize and a chance to headline 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.
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.