The second week of auditions saw dangerous acts, science themed acts, and one very inspiring Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell.
The final audition of the night was a tearjerker. 18-year-old deaf singer Mandy Harvey’s performance of her original song “Try” earned her a standing ovation from the audience and judges as well as Cowell’s Golden Buzzer, sending her straight into the live shows.
Mandy lost her hearing at age 18 after suffering a connective tissue disorder. She went on to tell the judges she uses the vibration from the instruments to keep pace with the songs she sings.
“Basically, I got sick and my nerves deteriorated,” she said. “I left music after I lost my hearing and then figured out how to get back into singing with muscle memory, using visual tuners and trusting my pitch.”
The song left the audience wiping away tears and after her performance, Mandy herself began to cry as she saw the cheers and standing ovation.
“Mandy, I don’t think you’re going to need a translator for this,” Cowell said as he hit his golden buzzer.
Other acts on the night included a stunning version of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” from a 9-year-old singer and a former Big Brother USA contestant who made science fun.
America’s Got Talent continues on Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.