America’s Got Talent continues its latest season of The Champions on NBC. The series pairs the greatest performers of seasons past against one another in order to determine who will win the grand prize.
The best way for performers to guarantee passage to the finals, of course, is to win the prestigious Golden Buzzer from the judges. Read on to find out which act earned the Golden Buzzer during season 2 episode 2.
Boogie Storm Won the Second Golden Buzzer of the Season
Boogie Storm won the Golden Buzzer during episode 2 of AGT Champions. The acrobatic dance group were sent to the finals after a confusing exchange between judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel. The latter was supposed to decide which act received the Golden Buzzer, but he was hesitant to hand over the prestigious honor.
Cowell urged him to hit the Golden Buzzer, but when Mandel refused, he decided to take matters into his own hands and slam the button himself. Despite it not being Mandel who made the decision, the Golden Buzzer ruling held up, and Boogie Storm was sent straight through to the finals.
Simon Cowell Stole the Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel During Monday Night’s Episode
Mandel posted a video on the show’s official Twitter account after the Golden Buzzer was announced. “Simon just stole my Golden Buzzer,” he said. “It’s never happened before, I don’t know if that’s in the rules, but he makes the rules.” Mandel admitted to being disappointed that he didn’t get a chance to pick out his favorite act of the night, adding “I wanted to hit the buzzer!”
Heidi Klum also voiced her skepticism after Boogie Storm was awarded the Golden Buzzer. She said that she a better time watching Cowell’s reaction to the performance than the performance itself. She also described Boogie Storm as “fine dancers,” and said that she feels their gimmick will not be enough to secure them a win.
Mandel later expressed regret when Ryan Neimiller took the stage, and said he wished he had been able to give the Golden Buzzer to the comedian instead of Boogie Storm. Cowell stood by his decision, and claimed that Boogie Storm gave their best performance to date.
Heidi Klum & Howie Mandel Were Skeptical That Boogie Storm Deserved the Buzzer
Boogie Storm previously competed on season 10 of Britain’s Got Talent. They dazzled a panel that consisted of Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell, and the latter was so impressed by their performance that he used his Golden Buzzer option to send them to the finals. He described Boogie Storm as “the possible winners,” but they eventually finished in third place.
Angelina Jordan was the recipient of last week’s Golden Buzzer. She gave a stirring rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, and the judges were so impressed that Heidi Klum opted to use her Golden Buzzer option to send her through. Jordan and Boogie Storm are the only acts who have been guaranteed spots in the finals.