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Simon Cowell initially didn't seem too impressed, but he had some tricks up his sleeve! A 9-year-old girl named Victory Brinker made "America's Got Talent" history Tuesday night when she earned a Golden Buzzer from all four judges and host Terry Crews, sending her straight to the live episodes. Today.comVictory Brinker gets all 'AGT' judges to hit Golden Buzzer
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10 July, 2021 - 09:02pm
If you thought you'd seen the last Golden Buzzer contestant on "America's Got Talent" this season, think again.
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Though each judge typically gets one chance to smash the coveted buzzer and send an act straight to the live shows, 9-year-old singer Victory Brinker delivered a performance during Tuesday's episode that warranted a rule change.
Though Brinker admitted feeling "exnervous" (excited plus nervous), the young contestant, hailing from Pennsylvania, was all smiles as she strutted onto the "AGT" stage. When judge Simon Cowell asked what she would do with the $1 million grand prize, Brinker offered a simple answer: buy Cowell "a rainbow shirt that has glitter on it."
"You need some color," she told the judge, noting his somber, monochromatic wardrobe.
When it was time for her to perform, Brinker broke into a soaring opera number, stunning the judges with her controlled voice and impressive range.
And it wasn't just judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofía Vergara and Cowell who seemed impressed with Brinker. After her performance, a bird that had been flying around the studio glided down to the stage and landed on a box next to the contestant in true Disney-princess fashion.
"That is pretty incredible," Klum said. "That is a sign."
Mandel called Brinker's voice "angelic," while Vergara noted the contestant is "a star." But Cowell was coy with his feedback, commending Brinker for going through with her audition before asking to speak with host Terry Crews privately.
Cowell, Crews and the rest of the judges turned away for a brief huddle. Among their hushed voices, Cowell whispered, "How would you feel if we were to do something different?"
After a tense pause that seemed to drag on for centuries, the judges turned back to Brinker with surprising news.
"Victory, as I said, turning up, in terms of your career, is really important; however, we're not going to give you a yes today," Cowell said, to massive uproar from the audience.
"We're going to do something else we've never, ever, ever done on the show before," he continued. "We are all going to give you something special."
On the count of five, all four judges, plus Crews, hit the coveted Golden Buzzer at once, sending Brinker straight to the live-show round. This is the first time all four judges and Crews have unanimously used the Golden Buzzer on a contestant.
This season's other Golden Buzzer acts include Northwell Health Nurse Choir (Mandel); singer Nightbirde (Cowell); World Taekwondo Demonstration Team (Crews); singer Jimmie Herrod (Vergara) and quick-change artist Lea Kyle (Klum).
Contestants from Tuesday's episode who wowed the judges and made it through to the next round include mother-daughter archery stunt duo Gigi Deluxe & Devon, stand-up comedian Cam Bertrand and singing dad Matt Mauser.
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The 9-year-old from Latrobe, Pa., was incredibly impressive with her performance of an opera song, but no Golden Buzzers remained. Howie, Simon, Sofia, Heidi and Terry had all awarded their Golden Buzzers to Northwell Health Nurse Choir, Nightbirde (whose real name is Jane Marczewski), Jimmie Herrod, Léa Kyle, and World Taekwando Demonstration Team, respectively.
So, after Victory sang and the judges weighed in with their comments, Simon called Terry down to the judges’ table for a confab and the result was more than the four yeses that Victory had told Terry she was hoping for.
Simon said, “Victory, we are not going to give you a yes today. We are going to do something else. Something we have never ever done on the show before. We are all going to give you something special!”
And so saying, all five pressed the Golden Buzzer.
Howie told her, “I was not expecting that and you’re angelic. I loved it.”
Heidi said, “I loved it, too. You have a beautiful voice. It was incredible.”
And Sofia agreed, adding, “You are a star. I think you have a powerful voice. That was amazing. I really loved it.”
Victory, who was adopted as a baby and has been singing since age two, said. “When I sing, it makes me feel happy, happy, and happy.”
And her mom Christine said, Victory sings morning, noon, and night. There is nothing more touching as a parent than to see your child do what they love to do. All these years Victory has been saying, ‘I want to sing on AGT. I want to sing for the judges.’ She’s just this little girl, but I had no doubt, she was going to give it her all and here she is, nine years old, and it is happening. I am beyond proud of Victory, and I hope all her dreams come true.”
Earning the Golden Buzzer goes a long way to making Victory’s dreams come true, but she didn’t lose her sense of humor. Earlier, when Simon asked her what she would do if she won the million-dollar prize, she said, “Buy Simon a rainbow shirt that has glitter on it.”
And when he asked if she thought he needed color, she said, “Yes, because you only wear white, gray, and black,” proving she is indeed a fan of America’s Got Talent and very familiar with Simon’s wardrobe choices!
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10 July, 2021 - 10:57am
The Golden Buzzer first appeared on America's Got Talent season 9. Back then, however, it had a different meaning. When that magical button was first introduced, it was used to save an act from being eliminated. If a performer didn’t receive enough yeses to make it to the next round but a judge wanted to put them through, the judge would use the Golden Buzzer to get the act to the Judge Cuts. The first recipient was a comedy martial arts act called Dustin’s Dojo. Heidi Klum and Mel B didn’t find it funny the way their fellow judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern did, so while the two women gave them noes, Howard Stern allowed them to continue in the competition. Alas, the following season brought along a Golden Buzzer with a new meaning. Starting in season 10, the Golden Buzzer sent acts straight to the live shows. With that said, it isn’t limited only to auditions. During the Judge Cuts (where the acts re-audition and the judges narrow down the bunch), the show brings along a guest judge who gets the chance to use the Golden Buzzer as well.
The rules for the AGT Golden Buzzer were changed again in season 11, this time without any warning. 90-year-old Dorothy Williams came to the stage to relive her career as a solo dancer, and she told Nick that all she wanted was to have a special moment where she could feel like a star. “It's kind of unfortunate because on this show each judge gets the opportunity, once a season, to hit the golden buzzer an act gets to go straight through to the live shows,” he announced after her dance routine. “But all of our judges already hit their golden buzzer but you know what? I don't care, Imma break the rules,” and with that, Nick jumped off the stage and headed for the judging table, becoming the first host to send an act to the live shows. Subsequent hosts Tyra Banks and Terry Crews have been allowed to use the Golden Buzzer as well.
This season, a few Golden Buzzers have been given to singers such as Victory Brinker, Jimmie Heron, Nightbirde, the Northwell Health Nurse Choir. With the judge cuts coming within the next few weeks, we can expect more confetti-filled stages from celebrity guests. Maybe one of them will even win America’s Got Talent this year.