Look: I don’t watch American’s Got Talent, but I do watch the America’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer auditions every year with the kids on YouTube. And yes, I absolutely understand that America’s Got Talent is manipulative and treacly, and probably scripts these huge, emotional heartfelt moments.
I don’t care. For a few minutes anyway, I will live in this manufactured world, where disabled or underprivileged folks get 8 minutes of fame and probably the best moments of their lives. I will bask in the big power melodies that are played after a judge hits the Golden Buzzer and advances these kids into the late rounds. I love the excitement. I love the joy. I love the damn tears that this dumb show occasionally elicits.
For instance, here’s Tyler Butler-Figueroa, a kid cancer survivor, who found his way out of cancer — and bullying — through the violin. Stupid slow-motion confetti and crying proud kid hugging his mom.
Here’s the Detroit Youth Choir, which hits Terry Crews in the feels, and he gives a remarkable speech about how he is represented in all of them before hitting the Golden Buzzer.
Here’s Joseph Allen, who is just a damn good, earnest kid with a great family, who performs an original song. He tells Terry Crews beforehand that if he gets the Golden Buzzer that Crews has to lift him up on stage. Crews follows through. Joseph Allen may win this whole thing based on presence alone — the kid’s charisma could fuel the goddamn planet.
Kodi Lee is blind and autistic and has maybe the greatest mother on the entire planet, and Gabrielle Union cannot help but give him the Golden Buzzer.
Finally, here’s something you’ve never seen: Ben Trigger, a hilarious dancer, strips down and accidentally gives himself a Golden Buzzer (they took away the Golden Buzzer but did advance him to the next round).
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