To say that Tuesday’s premiere of America’s Got Talent ended on a high note would be an understatement.
The opening round of auditions built to an emotional crescendo, concluding with the well-deserved first Golden Buzzer of Season 17, which went to 21-year-old saxophone master Avery Dixon. Not only did Dixon put on an incredible performance, but the judges were touched by his story of finding strength through music in the face of bullying from his peers.
Heidi Klum put it best, telling Dixon, “When you play with your instrument, you play with your heart, and we feel it.”
Terry Crews certainly felt it, interrupting the judges to let Dixon know just how much he appreciates his art.
“You touched the heart of every human being in this building right now,” Crews told an emotional Dixon. “You’ve been bullied all your life, but you tell every bully that you have a big brother named Terry Crews who has your back, and all those bullies are going to have to watch you succeed, my friend.”
Boom. Golden Buzzer time!
Of course, Dixon wasn’t the only act to receive the judges’ approval in Week 1. Read on for a breakdown of Tuesday’s other successful auditions, including the one demanded by the studio audience, then drop a comment with the act(s) you’re already rooting for this season.