Rock ‘n’ roll has a new savior, and his name is Bonavega. When the glam-rock starman hit the America’s Got Talent stage Tuesday all oiled up like Mr. Universe, rocking a barely-there sequined monokini, flaming Alice Cooper eye makeup, and a lush El DeBarge mullet that would make Crystal Methyd from RuPaul’s Drag Race weep with envy, he seemed like a joke contestant. But it turns out the 31-year-old super-trouper (real name: Branden Wilbarger) was as serious as a Sheer Heart Attack.
Tearing through his aptly titled original “Overdrive,” in the space of 90 thrilling seconds the outlandish Ohioan managed to run into the audience, peacock-strut back and forth across the judges’ desk while slapping his own sparkly butt, pelvis-thrust like a Chippendales dancer mere inches from Simon Cowell’s startled face, and play a shredding electric guitar solo. It was a little bit Justin Hawkins, a little bit Har Mar Superstar, a little bit Eagles of Death Metal, a little bit Scissor Sisters, and little bit Andrew W.K.… and a whole lot of awesome. The crowd went wild — and, surprisingly, so did the judges, who unanimously put him through.
It was a memorable moment on "America’s Got Talent," as 10-year-old Roberta Battaglia took the stage. She hesitated so long that Simon Cowell asked if she needed water, but moments later, she unleashed a performance that was magical. The audience cheered as she hit the chorus of “Shallow,” the anthem from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born.” Judge Sofia Vergara was so impressed that she gave Roberta the “golden buzzer,” fast-tracking her to the final round of the competition.
Before hitting the stage for America’s Got Talent‘s second round of auditions this year, 10-year-old Roberta Battaglia told host Terry Crews that her dream was always to simply “be on AGT.”
However, following her jaw-dropping vocal performance, it seems the Toronto-born musician might need to dream a little bigger, as she has made it to the live rounds of Season 15.
That’s right, on Tuesday night’s episode of the much-beloved NBC show, Battaglia dazzled the celebrity judges with a performance of the Oscar award-winning Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper duet “Shallow” — from 2018’s A Star is Born.
Klum and Simon Cowell, but Modern Family star Sofia Vergara rewarded the young contestant with the golden buzzer — which can only be pressed by each judge once, per season.
ET spoke with 'America's Got Talent' judge Howie Mandel, who mentioned how the show may look different in the near future.
Gabrielle Union filed a complaint Thursday with the state of California against NBC and the producers of “America’s Got Talent,” the latest move in a fight over her allegations that she was fired for objecting to an on-set environment that tolerated racism.
The complaint filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing says Union was harassed and discriminated against because of her race, and experienced retaliation for reporting these problems.
The document enumerates previously reported issues that Union had with the show’s acceptance of racist jokes and remarks from judges, and cites criticism she received about her hair during tapings.
“Union, a black woman, was singled out due to her physical appearance and discriminated against by NBC due to the fact that her hair did not fit within the white image that NBC apparently sought to convey to the audience of AGT,” the complaint states, adding that a network executive and a show producer “informed Union’s manager that her hair was ‘too wild’ and that it needed to be ‘toned down.’ ”
Daneliya Tuleshova is chasing her dream to become a pop star in America! See Daneliya sing "Tears of Gold" by Faouzia.
She was the debut representative for Kazakhstan’s at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, now she takes on a bigger challenge; impressing Simon Cowell, as she auditions for the 15th season of America’s Got Talent. For her audition, she sang “Tears of Gold” by Faouzia.
The Junior Eurovision alumni herself confirmed that she has auditioned for America’s Got Talent on her social media, as the new season premiered, Daneliya has confirmed that she has auditioned for the latest season of the show.
During her audition, she managed to impress the crowd with her performance, and she even received a standing ovation from both the crowd and the judges.
Howie Mandel described her as a Butterfly as she ‘blossomed in front of our eyes’, Sofia described her performance as ‘breathtaking’ and ‘surprising, whilst Simon called her performance as ‘an incredible first audition’. With this she managed to get through to the next round of the show.
Heidi Klum has come under criticism after buzzing a dancer during her performance on America’s Got Talent.
Amanda LaCount, a 19-year-old from Colorado, danced in front of the judges in a recent episode of the talent show.
In an introductory segment, LaCount explained that when she was younger, a dance studio director once told Amanda’s mother that her daughter’s body type “didn’t fit” his team.
Nevertheless, LaCount kept pursuing her passion thanks to her mother’s support – and ended up in front of the America’s Got Talent judges.
She began dancing to Todrick Hall’s ”Nails Hair Hips Heels”, earning cheers and claps from the audience.
Klum’s buzzer was met with boos from the audience. LaCount was able to finish her set, eventually earning a standing ovation from the crowd as well as judges Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, and Simon Cowell.
Viewers on Twitter expressed their strong disagreement with Klum’s decision to buzz LaCount, with some viewing it as an instance of “bullying” and “body-shaming”.
“Heidi Klum body-shaming that girl. That’s exactly what that was!” one person wrote.