- On Monday, NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions aired a new episode for its 2020 season.
- Judge Simon Cowell stole Howie Mandel’s golden buzzer for the first time in the competition show’s history, sending the dance group Boogie Storm through.
- Three more acts were sent to the next round — Marcelito Pomoy, Marc Spelmann, and Ryan Niemiller.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions season 2 is only on its second week, but it’s already going down in history for an unforgettable, possibly rule-breaking moment.
From the start of the episode, fans on Twitter were urging the Howie Mendel to make a better choice than last week (ahem, Hans). After deciding to pass on Filippino singer Marcelito Pomoy and mentalist Oz Pearlman, Howie made it clear he wasn't going to use his golden buzzer last night. But when it came to the dance group Boogie Storm, Simon Cowell didn’t let him have the last word.
“Wow, before I throw this over, this act was on Britain’s Got Talent, they were my golden buzzer,” Simon said after giving the dancers a standing ovation. “Howie, if it was me, I would give them the golden buzzer. I would.”
“I can’t, I can’t,” Howie replied. “You can, you can,” Simon responded back. “Well, you know what, it’s my choice, sorry guys. Sorry, I’m sorry,” Howie said, ending the debate.
“No, I agree,” Heidi Klum said turning to discuss the decision with Howie and fellow judge Alesha Dixon. Then, without warning, Simon stood up and hit the golden buzzer as if it were his own. You can see it all begin around the 3:45 mark:
Viewers at home saw the moment unfold in slow-motion as Howie realized what had just happened as celebratory gold confetti fell.
Meanwhile, #AGT Twitter was up in arms about the stolen golden buzzer, which has never happened before in the NBC competition show's history. “Screw Simon,” one person wrote. “Simon cowel is a d--k, for doing golden buzzer on that goofy act,” another added.
“That is B*******!!! Good job @SimonCowell take all integrity out of the show by stealing @howiemandel‘s buzzer. How is that fair?!? B*******” one viewer commented. “What a load of crap. Those guys sucked. Simon is an idiot. That should have been disallowed,” a fan tweeted.
The unprecedented moment called into question whether or not stealing another judge’s golden buzzer was permitted. And after Howie’s shock wore off a bit, he clarified a key detail about the show’s rules.
“Simon just stole my golden buzzer,” he said in a video. “It’s never happened before, I don’t know if that’s in the rules, but he makes the rules. I wanted the golden buzzer.”
Now, fans can only hope that Howie will get another chance at the golden buzzer or be bold enough to steal Simon’s pick next time around.
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