A new season of America's Got Talent: Champions premiered Monday night. While Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are still on the show, former judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough left in November amid claims of a toxic working environment. They were replaced by AGT newcomer Alesha Dixon and former judge Heidi Klum.
Klum kicked the season off by sending 13-year-old singer Angelina Jordan directly to the finals round with her Golden Buzzer. Jordan, who won Norway's Got Talent in 2014, sang a haunting rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody."
The judges loved her performance, with Simon Cowell saying, "I've never heard that song in that version before… seriously, this was an amazing performance." And Alesha Dixon spoke Norwegian, saying, "I love you." Viewers on Twitter appeared to agree with Klum's decision to send the singer through. While we are only one episode into the season, it is hard not to think of Jordan as the early favorite and a tough contestant to beat.
Just like in previous America's Got Talent seasons, AGT: The Champions season 2 will grant host Terry Crews and the judges — Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and newcomer Alesha Dixon — the power to automatically send through their favorite contestants to the next round via the golden buzzer.
In case you need a refresher, the golden buzzer in AGT: The Champions is a coveted honor that automatically puts the contestant in the finals show (by contrast, the golden buzzer in the summer edition of AGT sends the act to the semifinals live shows). As always, each judge (and Terry!) only gets to select one act for the honor.
Everyone brought their A-game to the premiere of Champions, but Angelina ended up outshining them all. The 13-year-old singer, who won Norway's Got Talent season 6 when she was only seven, performed a gorgeous rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Heidi loved the performance so much that she gave the young vocalist the golden buzzer without hesitation.
During the season 2 premiere of "American's Got Talent: The Champions", Heidi Klum hit the golden buzzer for 13-year-old singer Angelina Jordan while Simon Cowell was not impressed by Accordion Hans' performance.
The second week of America's Got Talent: The Champions kicked off Monday night, and saw some of the greatest acts from all the Got Talent competitions across the globe compete for the chance at being the best of the best.
Unlike the main America's Got Talent competition, Champions works a little differently -- especially in regards to the Golden Buzzer. While it still puts the chosen act through to the semi-finals, the honor of slamming the button is bestowed up one specific judge each week.
This week, it was Howie Mandel's turn to choose which act deserved his Golden Buzzer -- but Simon Cowell had no real interest in letting Mandel make that decision for himself.
Early on in the episode, a dance crew called Boogie Storm -- made up of a group of dancers decked out like Star Wars stormtroopers -- hit the stage and busted out some super fun routines set to The Offspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" and "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj.