America's Got Talent Premiere: Howie Shakes Hands & More Big Moments — Plus: Who Got the First Golden Buzzer?

Does Mel B. have a puppet fetish? Who would Heidi Klum like to see pants-less? And which dancing duo is so sweet it (allegedly) gave Howard Stern diabetes?

These questions — and so many others we didn’t even know we had — were answered Tuesday during the Season 10 premiere of NBC’s America’s Got Talent., which features acts ranging from hypnosis to acrobatics to professional cuddling. (No, you didn’t misread that last one.)

The premiere also introduced the Golden Buzzer, a one-time-only opportunity for the judges to send an act straight to the live shows. And just when it was starting to look like the two-hour event would end with nary a golden buzz, along came disabled comedian Drew Lynch, who had the judges eating out of the palm of his hand from the get-go.

All right, it’s time to weigh in: Which season premiere act was your favorite? And which big moments will you be reliving on your DVR tomorrow? Browse our gallery of most memorable auditions below, then drop a comment with your own thoughts.

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  1. Daya says:

    As I said on Twitter, I don’t generally believe in stage hypnosis, but I DEFINITELY saw OCD Howie shaking hands, so…*throws up her hands in defeat*

  2. Saw some of Drew Lynch’s other bits he’s done on youtube, and he’s really hilarious. One to keep an eye on for sure

  3. AngelWasHere says:

    Why they put the cuddling girl through? That’s not talent. My favorite was the puppet and his mom. So cute. I wonder why Mel B said no.

    Nothing worth DVRing IMO. Not yet.

  4. jj says:

    Drew, Ira, and Puff were funny. Show project were impressive.

  5. k stewart says:

    Thanks for heads up re drew lynch on u tube. But it is a show to uncover talent not humility and courage which he showed in spades. The conception and execution of the 5 asian young men was mesmerizing. If they can continue to deliver week after week they may be contenders. But the hypnotist was a delight and total surprise. He brought an A game that will be most talked about. Now if he can stay unpredictable. …

  6. The stuttering stand up comic was courageous his segment was heartfelt, but sadly he’s not funny. The hypnotist, Puff and the 5 Japanese performers were entertaining. The latter, in particular, was spectacularly well executed and choreographed; the best act of the night imo.

  7. Lizo says:

    The hypnosis of Howie was inappropriate and offensive. His condition is not something to be laughed at or mocked. He has the right to his own body and everyone laughing at people touching him was disgusting. It made me very uncomfortable to watch. We have no idea how Howie felt after that, watching the footage back, and indeed the airing of the episode could have been triggering for him. For the producers to allow this was a showcase in a lack of understanding and tolerance for a serious mental health issue.
    Otherwise good episode

    • Evan says:

      Howie has talked about the experience after it was done. He just said at the time he went through something that had annoyed him when he found out about it and had to quickly go back to therapy afterwards. But, he had to admit he now really believes in hypnosis.

    • Carla Krae says:

      Howie has talked about it. He tweeted during the airing about it, too.

  8. Mike says:

    I realize this show is open to anybody and any act, but why are kids acts allowed? In the 10 years the show has been on no kid act has won. The only exception was Jackie Evancho and she didn’t even win, even as good as she was. This show is about headlining a Vegas act, and I seriously doubt a child act … unless they were exceptional … would be a draw at a Vegas act. So do us a favor and don’t waste our time with kid acts. They’re cute, but they simply don’t win.

  9. Mr. Tran K says:

    I know Howie Mandel doesn’t like shaking hands because he’s OCD. The best way to do so is when he’s fist pumping unless if someone uses hand sanitizer.

  10. Ray says:

    The talent on AGT gets worse every year.

  11. alan kunesh says:

    I would like to know was howie mandel really able to over come his ocd and shake hands or was it a trick

  12. Jill says:

    What a boring show. Heidi Klum and Howard Stern are two of the most annoying judges, ever. This show is getting worse every year.

  13. Bill Corley says:

    i am 77 years old and haven’t liked a lot of tv stuff.
    however, AGT, BGT, and even in the languages i can’t understand a word of are wonderfully magical and so many of them prove that we as human beings can live together appreciating it all. yes there have been some that cause pause but My God the integrity and the spirit of the program as well as that of, i assume, Simon Cowell is the magic since the rest of the world has so very little of it…