What is the Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent?

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There have been many gameshow and Talent shows not only in America but throughout the entire world, but among the most significant and most recognized comes America’s Got Talent. The show may have America in its title, but musicians, artists, and other talents from across the world often gather in the United States at the venue where auditions are held each year. With the high recognition and accolades gained from making it beyond even the first round on television, America’s Got Talent can change fate through the judges by using the Golden Buzzer. Below we’ve detailed what precisely the Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent does when it’s been used and more about the almighty golden, glittery button that can change lives instantly.

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America’s Got Talent

As stated above, there are several, if not too many, singing, dancing, and general talent shows, but America’s Got Talent has long been the highest budget and the most extreme and monumental, except possibly the recently shelved America’s Got Talent: Extreme. The likely reason for the cancellation of the extreme version of America’s Got Talent was likely due to its even higher budget than the standard America’s Got Talent show, as well as taking some of its more heart-stopping acts. America’s Got Talent was also based on the original British version of Britain’s Got Talent and the overall Got Talent franchise. Overall, the Got Talent franchise has reached over 69 countries but remained most popular in America. As for the judges of America’s Got Talent, created by Simon Cowell, who has been a judge since Season 11, there have been several, as well as hosts. While there have been various hosts and judges, each has hit the Golden Buzzer at least once throughout their America’s Got Talent careers. When it came to hosts, America’s Got Talent has had five total hosts, which started with Regis Philbin before being handed to Jerry Springer in Season 2, who only hosted until Nick Cannon replaced him in Season 4. Nick Cannon remained the host of America’s Got Talent until Season 12, when Tara Banks started to host. However, Nick Cannon has been the longest-running host, as Terry Crews replaced Tyra Banks in Season 14 and remains the host of the show to this day, as well as hosted America’s Got Talent: Extreme. While the hosts were replaced more often than expected, the judges were even more jumbled. Although Simon Cowell was a judge on his previous shows, Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor, he wasn’t a judge on America’s Got Talent until Season 11 and has remained part of the show’s judge panel, except when he sustained a back injury that left him unable to participate temporarily.

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America’s Got Talent‘s Golden Buzzer

Now, as for the Golden Buzzer mentioned, the Golden Buzzer, regardless of audience interest, judge interest, or even what the act entails, a judge or host has a secret weapon in the shape of the Golden Buzzer. The Golden Buzzer can be pressed to send any act to the next round, typically due to the judge or host being so overwhelmingly captured by whatever Talent the Golden Buzzer-earned act had showcased for the show. There are several examples of the judges and hosts using the Golden Buzzer to send phenomenal acts through to the next round to begin preparing for the next stage of America’s Got Talent, thanks to the Golden Buzzer. An example of a host, the most recent and current host Terry Crews, as he used the Golden Buzzer could be seen with his use to promote sand artist Kseniya Simonova in 2019 to the finals in America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Heidi Klum, an America’s Got Talent judge since Season 8, minus a minor one season leave before she returned, and the first fourth judge to join the panel, used her Golden Buzzer during the auditions to send the performer directly into the first official live round. The performer in question was Makayla Phillips, a fifteen-year-old singer. She sang a rendition of a Demi Lovato song, Warrior, which earned her a standing ovation from Heidi Klum and others. However popular the Golden Buzzer may be, it wasn’t added to America’s Got Talent until Season 9. Although it may seem tempting for the host and judges to select a performer they like to move on to the next round, each person only gets one Golden Buzzer per season, so the judges have always been beyond sure of their Golden Buzzer choices. While judges and hosts have pressed the infamous Golden Buzzer, Nick Cannon was the first host to do so, as Season 11 was the first season a host was able.

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