Ben Trigger, a 25-year-old travel agent from Australia, did the unthinkable during Tuesday’s fifth audition episode of “America’s Got Talent” Season 14 by accidentally giving himself the Golden Buzzer (watch above). Following his striptease dance routine to “Boogie Wonderland,” the self-described “gay, fat dancer” leaned back on the judges’ table and fell onto the buzzer, covering the stage in confetti.
As judges Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, Gabrielle Union and Howie Mandel reacted in shock, the audience cheered wildly for Ben. “I’m here to prove to the people that didn’t believe in me and the bullies that I am a dancer,” Ben had declared before coming out on stage. Well, he achieved just that with his dance act as he earned four “yes” votes from the panel. Watch the performance video and read the judges’ comments below.
Julianne: “When I asked why you didn’t have shoes on, I didn’t realize what was to come — whoo! But you actually have some serious moves and I guess work what your mama gave you.”
Gabrielle: “Baby, you gave us a whole show. You came to slay and I am deceased.”
Howie: “I have to say, in all the time that I’ve been here, this is my favorite Golden Buzzer moment.”
Simon: “You know what I feel like today? I feel like I’ve eaten the craziest milk shake in the world, with everything mixed up with you at the top. But you know what? You are hilarious. You’re so much fun.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the performance: “Growing up, his life revolved around dancing but being a ‘gay, fat dancer’ wasn’t what people wanted to see. Often he would be cut from auditions before they even saw him dance and now he wants to prove himself to all those bullies that he deserves to be seen. When Ben begins to dance to ‘Boogie Wonderland,’ the judges don’t look thrilled and can’t seem to decipher if this is a joke or not. Soon, Ben shocks everyone and strips down to an itsy bitsy costume and shakes his nipple tassels right in Simon’s face before laying down on the Golden Buzzer and accidentally unleashing confetti on himself!”