AGT: Season 14 “Don’t be cocky…”
America’s Got Talent Season 14 continued last night (Jun 26) with more incredible auditions from dancers, opera singers, choirs from South Africa and a shocking “Golden Buzzer” moment. It was Lamont Landers’ audition, however, that stole the show. He entered the stage, and almost immediately, appeared guarded. Simon Cowell picked up on his attitude as soon as Landers started singing his first chosen song, “Let’s Stay Together.” Cowell stopped him mid-way.
The stand-off between the two got slightly heated when Cowell told Landers, “Your problem is, you don’t take risks,” and asked him to come back later with another song to perform. However, Landers went over the judge’s head, asking the audience what they thought…a BIG no-no!
“You are getting on my nerves right now, because I actually like your voice,” Cowell told the singer. “I would suggest you think about what I’m saying and I’m gonna give you another shot. Don’t be cocky.”
Landers eventually returned, and the judges — including Cowell — assured the singer that they were rooting for him, despite the rocky start. This time around, Landers performed “Dancing on My Own” by Robyn. After being stopped once again by Cowell, and being told to “shake out” his nerves, Landers performed a soulful cover of the dance track that left the judges smiling, the audience applauding and even garnered a standing ovation from Cowell. Thank goodness for a second chance!
The Ndlovu Youth Choir From South Africa
Hailing from Limpopo and led by artistic director Ralf Schmitt, the choir provides a creative outlet for young talent from difficult backgrounds. “Whey they join us, many of our kids have the weight of the world on their shoulders, and to them their problems feel insurmountable,” Schmitt said in a taped segment.
Ben Trigger, a 25-year-old travel agent from Australia, did the unthinkable by accidentally giving himself the Golden Buzzer. Following his striptease dance routine to “Boogie Wonderland,” the self-described “gay, fat dancer” leaned back on the judges’ table and fell onto the buzzer, covering the stage in confetti.
10-year-old Emanne Beasha belted out “Nessun Dorma” for judges Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, Gabrielle Union and Howie Mandel. Emanne nails the high notes without flinching and the audience goes wild as the judges jump to their feet. Simon calls her “absolutely fantastic” and Howie says her life will never be the same and her dreams are about to come true. Gabrielle says, “You’re just a star.” Four yeses for Iman!