Does AGT judge Howie Mandel have the best Golden Buzzers in the history of the show? He’s certainly been around longer than any other host, so he has numbers on his side.
Howie also has a little more variety in his chosen acts. Whereas all of Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzers have been musicians, Howie has chosen two comedy acts. Several of his favorite acts have also made it to the finals or even won the competition. Let’s take a look and pick your favorite.
1. Emmanuel & Phillip Hudson
When the Golden Buzzer was introduced in Season 9, it was used as a tie breaker to send an act through to the next round. Howie chose to hit it for this comedy rap duo. Their routine got buzzed by Howard Stern, but Howie said it was “what comedy is about.” However, they didn’t make it past the next round.
2. Drew Lynch
In Season 10, the Golden Buzzer format changed to send an act to the live shows. Howie pressed it for comedian Drew Lynch, who shared the story of his stutter after a sports injury. “You looked for the light at the end of the darkness,” Howie told him before hitting the buzzer. Drew was the runner-up for the season.
3. Grace VanderWaal
In Season 11, Howie hit the Golden Buzzer for 12-year-old singer Grace VanderWaal, who performed an original song “I Don’t Know My Name” with her ukulele. He called her a “miracle” and told her “the world is gonna know your name.” This moment became one of the most viral moments in AGT history and Grace went on to win the season. Grace VanderWaal may be one of the biggest success stories to come off the show.
4. Christian Guardino
This 16-year-old singer wowed the judges in Season 12 with his performance of “Who’s Lovin’ You.” Christian told Howie he wished to receive the Golden Buzzer, so the judge made it come true for him. Christian made it to the Semifinals.
5. Courtney Hadwin
This 13-year-old surprised everyone with her cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” in Season 13. Howie compared her to Janis Joplin before hitting the Golden Buzzer. Courtney made it to the Top 10.
6. Angelica Hale
During AGT The Champions earlier this year, Angelica became the first AGT act to earn the Golden Buzzer twice, thanks to Howie. Her performance of “Fight Song” inspired him to press it, telling her he wanted to help her “win this fight.”
7. Joseph Allen
Most recently, in Season 14, Howie hit the Golden Buzzer for 21-year-old singer and rapper Joseph Allen. It was his most dramatic Golden Buzzer moment yet, as he actually climbed up onto the judges’ table and hit the buzzer with his foot, referring to Joseph’s desire to leave a “footprint.”
Before you go! Whick one of these Golden Buzzer acts is your favorite?