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5 Memorable Performances from America's Got Talent
Whether you haven’t missed an episode since day one or you’ve just now discovered America’s favorite talent show, there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring moments to replay or watch for the first time. Not sure where to begin? Take a look at five of our favorite show-stoppers from this season and seasons past:
1. Luke Islam (Season 14)
Luke stole the hearts of judges and viewers alike on the last night of auditions when he sang "She Used to be Mine" from The Waitress.
An aspiring Broadway vocalist, Luke told judge Julianne Hough that he has long admired her and her brother Derek for their respective work in the performing arts. Julianna said she had "no doubt" Luke would be successful, and, one more thing-- he's only twelve years old!
2. Courtney Hadwin (Season 13)
When 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin stepped onstage, she looked timid and quiet. No one watching could have guessed what was about to happen.
The music began with a toe-tapping beat, and Hadwin suddenly exploded into a whirlwind of energy and vocal power, leaving the judges speechless as she belted out Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle.” This unhinged and passionate performance earned her an America’s Got Talent golden buzzer from judge Howie Mandel.
This tiny tour de force is certainly one to watch.
3. Angel City Chorale (Season 13)
They say there is strength in numbers, and the Angel City Chorale is proof positive of that. Director Sue Fink formed the choir with unity in mind. She wanted to bridge gaps in her community. Regardless of age, race, gender, orientation, or background — all voices are welcome, so long as they share a love of music.
Their uplifting performance of Christopher Tin’s “Baba Yetu” moved audiences and earned them a golden buzzer from guest judge Olivia Munn.
4. Sofie Dossi (Season 11)
Sofie Dossi floored the judges with her gravity-defying audition as a self-taught hand balance contortionist at the age of 14. She wowed audiences with her complete disregard for physics and her ability to bend in ways that don’t seem possible. Her high-flying stunts had viewers on the edge of their seats.
But it was her explosive second performance that earned her a golden buzzer and sent her straight to the quarterfinals. Dossi’s final trick was unforgettable: shooting a flaming arrow using only her feet. Her stunning act captured guest judge Reba McEntire’s heart and won her the acclaim of AGT fans everywhere.
5. Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (Season 6)
The winner of season 6 started from humble beginnings, but from the second he walked onstage for his audition, viewers knew Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., was a force to be reckoned with.
Some America’s Got Talent judges are famous for being tough. When Piers Morgan scolded Murphy for chewing gum, he didn’t miss a beat, tucking the gum into his jeans pocket. His laid-back personality and jokester ways made what happened next even more surprising.
With a smooth, crooning voice, Murphy did justice to Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and stole viewers’ hearts. By the end of the audition, even Morgan warmed to Murphy, whose natural talent and untapped potential were already apparent.
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