‘AGT’ Recap: Heidi Klum Hits Golden Buzzer for Emotional Performance

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America’s Got Talent Season 17 returned on Tuesday night for another round of auditions. This week, it was judge Heidi Klum’s turn to hit the Golden Buzzer. She chose to send singer Lily Meola straight to the live shows after her emotional performance.

During this week’s show, Howie Mandel also declared that this season, “comedy is becoming king.” Tuesday’s episode featured several funny performances from both stand-up comedians and other types of performers.

Heidi Klum Hits ‘AGT’ Golden Buzzer for Lily Meola

Lily Meola introduced herself as a 27-year-old singer-songwriter. She shared that she would be singing an original song called “Daydream,” which she wrote at a positive time in her life when she had a record deal and was hatching butterflies. Her outfit for the audition had butterflies on it in reference to this.

However, things changed for Lily when her mother was diagnosed with cancer and she became her caretaker. Sadly, her mother has since passed away. Lily was in tears as she spoke of her mom’s support for her, and Simon Cowell wondered if she would be able to perform.

The singer ended up wiping away her tears and went on to deliver a heartfelt performance, showing off a soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. The judges gave Lily a standing ovation, with Howie Mandel comparing her to a butterfly herself.

Heidi Klum told Lily that she has a light around her. She admitted that she intended to hit the Golden Buzzer for someone who isn’t a singer, hoping to “give someone else a shot.” However, she was so moved by Lily’s performance that she hit the Golden Buzzer right then and there.


Howie Mandel Says Comedy Is King This Season

Tuesday’s episode featured more than one funny act. Although Keegan the Bicycle Comedian wasn’t a hit with the judges (all of whom gave him a red buzzer), Mr. Pants was an unexpected success. He came out dressed as a pair of khakis.

Mr. Pants won the judges over with his vibrant personality and his punny jokes about being a pair of pants. Klum and Sofia Vergara actually gave him a standing ovation, and Cowell commented that it’s the loudest he’s ever heard Mandel laugh. Mr. Pants earned four “yes” votes to move on.

Later, a comedian named Jordan Conley gave a great stand-up performance talking about his military family and getting in trouble with his mother. Cowell called him “naturally funny.” Jordan later made a surprise appearance in another funny act.

German magicians Siegfried and Joy made him appear during their audition, which had Klum saying she’s proud to be German. Cowell didn’t get it, saying it was “all a bit stupid.” But his opinion didn’t matter, because the other judges voted “yes” to send the duo through.

Simon Cowell Stops Connor Johnson’s Performance

Cowell has a habit of stopping AGT singers in the middle of their performance and telling them to sing another song. He did it on Tuesday night to 23-year-old singer Connor Johnson, calling his first song choice “a bit boring.”

Thankfully, Connor had a backup song. He chose to sing “Latch” by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith, which had the audience swaying along. The judges were impressed, with Vergara saying it was “so much better.” Klum pointed out that he’s also “very easy on the eyes,” and the girls in the crowd were going wild. Connor earned four “yes” votes to move on.

What was your favorite performance of the night? Let us know in the comments below.

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