Sorry, ‘AGT’ viewers: You can’t vote for ‘The Champions’ unless you’re one of the 50 Superfans

Now that “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” has aired on NBC (read our live blog recap), many viewers are scratching their heads about how to vote. As you learned in the season premiere, instead of the normal voting method in which everyday people can vote for their favorites, this spinoff series features 50 Superfans who represent the entire country with delegates from all 50 states. They have all the power.

These 50 Superfans not only get to pick five of the 10 finalists, but they also get to choose the ultimate winner of “AGT: Champions.” That’s right — the at-home audience no longer has a say in who advances or who wins. Judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews decide the other five finalists by anointing them with their Golden Buzzers.

In the season premiere, “Britain’s Got Talent” singing sensation Susan Boyle was awarded the Golden Buzzer by Mel B, while the Superfans sent through stand-up comedian Preacher Lawson from “AGT” Season 12. Since the Superfans were not shown on camera, their identities remained hidden. Little is known about their specific demographic makeup or how they were chosen to represent the reality TV show.

The other two acts the Superfans considered advancing were “AGT” Season 1 winner Bianca Ryan and “AGT” Season 11 contortionist Sofie Dossi, but Preacher ended up receiving more votes. Additional acts who performed but were eliminated in the premiere were sword swallower Alex Magala, mentalist duo The Clairvoyants, dance troupe Justice Crew, dog act Sara and Hero, ladder acrobot Uzeyer Novruzov and comedian Vicki Barbolak.

What did you think of the season premiere of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions”? Are you bummed that you don’t get the power to vote for the finalists or the winners, or do you have faith that the Superfans will get it right?

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