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Fans Call Out ‘AGT’ For Madison Taylor Baez’s Golden Buzzer, Is it Fair?

Madison Baez hugging her father after earning the Golden BuzzerPhoto by: Trae Patton/NBC

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America’s Got Talent fans became enraged after they found out Madison Taylor Baez has an up and coming Hollywood career. Madison recently appeared as part of Netflix’s Selena: The Series as young Selena Quintanilla.


On Tuesday night, producers placed Madison in the audience to sing during a commercial break. Due to her impressive vocals, the celebrity judges asked her to come on stage and audition for the show. On the stage, she impressed the judges with her rendition of “Amazing Grace.” At the end of the audition, Mandel hits the Golden Buzzer for the 11 year old singer.

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AGT Fans Debate Whether Madison is Too Big for The Show or Not

The Got Talent franchise has once again found itself entangled in fixing rumors due to Madison’s previous success singing the national anthem in sold out stadiums. Fans have taken a bit of a divided approach at this rumor this time around. While some think her talent is worthy of the Golden Buzzer, others find her Hollywood history unfair.

“I recognized her instantly from Netflix’s series about Selena. She played young Selena,” a fan commented on Reddit. “SET UP.”


In rebuttal, another fan responded (on a different thread) reminded others that stars/known acts aren’t exempt from appearing on the show. They explained that AGT is for heightening exposure and it will probably make Madison more popular regardless.

In the past few seasons, we’ve seen a few acts that have made us question the legitimacy of the AGT‘s audition process. These acts have included Brooke Simpson, Gina Brillon, Josh Blue, and way more. At the end of the day, fans aren’t upset because Madison got the Golden Buzzer, they’re upset because they’ve been lied to. Madison isn’t just an 11 year old girl that the producers found in the audience.

“I think the deception is the most upsetting part. If so many viewers/Reddit posters recognized her from Netflix then you know the judges did. Yet they acted like she came from nowhere. Not to mention the whole staged setup,” a fan wrote on Reddit.


SEE ALSO: EVERYTHING ‘AGT’ DIDN’T TELL YOU ABOUT GOLDEN BUZZER RECIPIENT MADISON TAYLOR BAEZ

Was Madison a Pre-Picked Golden Buzzer?

When situations like these occur, many believe that America’s Got Talent is staged. To save the show’s reputation, multiple audience members have taken to Reddit to share their personal experiences. Multiple audience members wrote each detail of the audition from their point of view. The most notable comment confirmed that Howie Mandel didn’t hit the Golden Buzzer due to Madison’s sob story.

“Gonna put this out there since I was there, the cameras they bring out for the golden buzzer was being set up during the second half of her song. Howie already signaled to the producers he was gonna hit before this interview,” a fan wrote on Reddit.

Even though Madison totally fits the Golden Buzzer recipient pattern, it seems like the Golden Buzzer was given to her purely based on her talent. Multiple audience members have also confirmed that the Golden Buzzer was set up once she got on stage.

As rumors continue to swirl, fans have expressed their appreciation for Drake Milligan on Tuesday night’s episode. Some even believe the country singer should have earned the Golden Buzzer over Madison. What many don’t realize is that Drake has appeared on a CMT as Elvis Presley and on American Idol in season 16.

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David
David
2 years ago

I think people need to chill n let her do her thing obviously all her supposed fame didn’t help her get no where so why should that even matter

Roger
Roger
2 years ago

It does not matter if she was onstage for the first time or the hundredth time or if she were a plant by the producers to mix things up. The back story does not matter. The only thing that matters is talent, and Madison has a ton of it. She deserved the Golden Buzzer. She was my top pick.

Bee
Bee
2 years ago

Madison should keep working hard! Her hard work, dedication and beautiful spirit shines bright! ✨️ She is awesome!
God’s plan!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Of course the whole thing was staged. Now, I had no idea who this young person is, never having watched the Selena story in Netflix, but this is far from the first time someone who has been in the industry has been chosen to move forward on the show. Here’s my take. Viewers should realize it’s in the show’s policies to promote contestants who already work in the entertainment industry and not whine about it. It’s not for exclusively discovering unknowns, it’s to help the careers of those who are already trying to get established, and one gig on Netflix… Read more »

Chris Burr
Chris Burr
2 years ago

All of those elements will ultimately work against Maddie (She was shaken during the whole audition and had Pitch Issues throughout)

Shes not making the Finals

Milligan might make Finals, and no he doesnt need the Golden Buzzer

The Golden Buzzer does not always pay

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Remember they placed her in the audience to mess with the judges … she is talented yes she might have played in Netflix Selina but this will help her take her more sic career in a hole new direction. She might not want to be remembered as a child actress but as a talented singer she deserved the golden buzzer and she will make it far

Roman514
Roman514
2 years ago

At the end of the day who cares tbh it’s a tv show like most things are set in stone from the beginning no suprise really

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

If you’re getting ticked off about this child what about Loren Allred…

Lisa203
Lisa203
2 years ago

What a disappointment…..thought she was an unknown. It now takes away from her getting the Golden Buzzer.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

I could tell, musically, that it was planned. She did the exact same ornaments for Amazing Grace on the stage as she had in the audience. It is noble that she wants to donate the prize money to help save her father from cancer. But, it was obvious, at least to a musician’s ear, that it was planned.

Sue
Sue
1 year ago

Why was she back stage in line to audtion and then asked to sit in audience to sing? They knew she was a contestant but acted like she wasnt. That simon asked her to audition. That is the set up.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

I am ok with Maddyson being on the show, even though I do believe AGT should be for undiscovered talent. With that said she should have told the judges her true story and past. If Howie new her true story he would not have given her the golden buzzer.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Also did you hear how howie mentioned she was going straight through to the finals, isn’t it supposed to be quarterfinals?

AJM
AJM
2 years ago

Sometimes most of these talent shows is just for the show, professionals shouldn’t be able to competed if they already have a pro career or a gig where they sing in pubsor act professionally, period!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Leave her alone! She has a great voice, just chill and enjoy it. 🤪🤪🤪

Mixta
Mixta
2 years ago

The biggest problem with AGT is that while America has plenty of talent it apparently doesn’t have any judges!!

Mike Dimoff
Mike Dimoff
2 years ago

I really do not think that much happens on the show that is not pre-scripted and even practiced. The …Got Talent franchise is international, worth millions and produced by the best in the industry. Many acts each year are introduced as new to the stage when they have been on BGT in front of Simon already. I know this because when I watch an act I really love, I search them out on YouTube. So my thoughts are that Madison was just as worthy of the Golden Buzzer as any other contestant. It’s why we love the show!

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

If you are a so called talent show presenting yourself as giving people the opportunity to compete for $1,000,000 you should just do that when people find out it is fake it isn’t fun anymore. Who wants to see your show pay a known talent. Really!! If someone wants to be on the show let them find you. If they find you and want on the show then who cares how many times they have been on tv let them compete for a spot on the show. But don’t go out and find someone you are wanting to pay anyways… Read more »

James
James
1 year ago

The golden buzzer generally is given to a highly talented and already slightly known individual meaning she needs less exposure for her career to skyrocket unlike a complete unknown who does every week to get maximum exposure

Patricia Clark
Patricia Clark
2 years ago

Leave her alone! She has a great voice, just chill and enjoy it. 🤪🤪🤪

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