The host kicked off the season by hitting the buzzer for this act in the premiere. After performing an original song — “Sounds of the Street” — the choir, which was started for the homeless in San Diego, received a standing ovation. “What they did today has moved me,” Crews said.
The 10-year-old singer, who shared she’d been bullied, received the Modern Family star’s first Golden Buzzer. Though she was nervous, her version of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” received a standing ovation and praise from the judges. “It was amazing. It was breathtaking. Let’s see who is going to bully you after this,” Vergara told Roberta before advancing her.
The singer, hoping AGT would change her and her son’s lives, might have been asked by Cowell to perform her second song after “In the Air Tonight,” but her “Gimme Shelter” won everyone over, no one more so than Klum. “I think you are absolutely out of this world. My heart is racing for you right now. … I’m ready to push this button for you,” she said before hitting the Golden Buzzer.
The members of the dance crew, hoping to show something positive to young people and invest in their community, won over Cowell, who admitted that dance acts aren’t his favorite. “This was, I think, my favorite audition so far. I also understand how important this is to you. I want to give you a little head start,” he told them before hitting the Golden Buzzer.
It was an AGT first when the spoken word artist took the stage with a poem as an ode to his sister, who died, and he won over Mandel. “There is something more raw in [spoken word]. It’s like singing and talking and just being a human a cappella. No music. No nothing. Just a raw heart beating in front of us,” the judge said before hitting the Golden Buzzer.