“Hold up, hold up, hold up,” shouted “America’s Got Talent” host Tyra Banks after aerial dance group Zurcaroh performed during the Season 13 premiere on Tuesday, May 29. “I am collecting my breath and I just — I need some oxygen right now. I am like freaking out right now! This is so crazy that you know what I have to do?” Banks then slammed her hand down on the Golden Buzzer, anointing Zurcaroh as her official pick of the season and sending them straight through to the live shows. Watch the “Americas Got Talent” Golden Buzzer performance above.
This is Banks’ second season hosting NBC’s reality TV show after replacing Nick Cannon last year. Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel are also back at the judges table for the 13th cycle. Last season Banks pressed her Golden Buzzer for neon dance grew Light Balance and they ended up making it all the way to third place, losing out to winner Darci Lynne Farmer and runner-up Angelica Hale. Will Zurcaroh reach similar heights as Light Balance did?
“We are Zurcaroh. We do acrobatics and gymnastics,” the leader of the dance group told judge Cowell before their thrilling — and frightening — performance. “We are not professionals. We take people whether they have skills or not, they are able to join us.” When Cowell asked why the group decided to audition for “AGT,” the leader replied, “This is the biggest stage in the world where we can show our skills and our talent, that’s the reason.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty declared, “The final act of the premiere is the dance troupe Zurcaroh that includes very young children and older members, none of whom are professional dancers but are instead people who lacked the opportunity to ‘be something.’ Their routine is theatrical, including fire torches, hooded costumes, precise timing and daring acts like tossing and lifting young girls high in the air.”