“America’s Got Talent” just added another act to the live shows in August with Voices of Hope Childrens Choir getting the Golden Buzzer from guest judge Ken Jeong on the July 17 episode. Watch them raise their voice in song to “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney animated film “Moana.” This group of 70 talented tykes from Orange County join five others who got singled out by the regular judges – Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — as well as host Tyra Banks. Those first five picks came during the audition phase of the show.
Check out 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 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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.