All 6 Golden Buzzer Auditions on ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 17

Jill O'Rourke
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Sara James, Avery Dixon, and Lily MeolaPhotos by: Trae Patton/NBC

America’s Got Talent Season 17 has featured six Golden Buzzers, sending certain acts straight to the live shows. That includes four from the judges individually, one from host Terry Crews, and one group Golden Buzzer from all of them. Let’s take a look back at these amazing performances and the emotional moments that followed.

All 6 Golden Buzzer Acts on AGT Season 17

1. Madison Taylor Baez

The show placed 11-year-old Madison in the audience to sing for the judges between auditions. They were so impressed by her voice, they asked her to come on stage and perform. Madison belted out “Amazing Grace” before sharing that her father has battled cancer, and she hoped to use the prize money for cancer research. Judge Howie Mandel was so impressed, he hit the Golden Buzzer.

2. Mayyas

This dance group from Lebanon was inspired to audition for the show by fellow Golden Buzzer recipient Nightbirde. They shared their hope to “prove to the world what Arab women can do.” Judge Sofia Vergara was mesmerized by their stunning performance, in which they created beautiful shapes and movements with their arms. She chose to send them straight to the live shows, saying, “I want to be part of this.”

3. Lily Meola

This singer shared that she lost a record deal when she became a full-time caretaker for her mother, who passed away of cancer. Lily performed an inspiring original song called “Daydream.” The performance brought tears to judge Heidi Klum’s eyes. She said she initially didn’t intend to hit the Golden Buzzer for a singer this season, but she chose to hit it for Lily.

4. Sara James

This 13-year-old singer from Poland performed the song “Lovely” by Billie Eilish in her audition, showing off a voice beyond her years. Judge Simon Cowell told Sara that she has “a real star glow” and said he could relate to coming to the United States for the first time. Cowell hit the Golden Buzzer to “make this a moment for you to remember forever.”

5. Avery Dixon

This 21-year-old musician shared his story of being bullied when he was growing up. He dealt with it by learning to play the saxophone. His performance had the audience (and some of the judges) on their feet as they clapped along. Host Terry Crews was so moved by Avery’s story and talent, he chose to hit the Golden Buzzer, calling himself Avery’s “big brother.”

6. Chapel Hart

Last season, the show introduced a group Golden Buzzer, hit by the judges and host together. This season, the show brought it back, and it went to country trio Chapel Hart. The group performed their song “You Can Have Him Jolene.” Cowell said he would hit the Golden Buzzer for them if he could, and the others agreed, so they all did it together.

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