The second round of Judge Cuts took place on America’s Got Talent Tuesday night and for the second straight week, a choir earned an automatic spot in next month’s live shows courtesy of Olivia Munn’s golden buzzer.
Angel City Chorale’s rendition of Christopher Tin’s Baba Yetu was enough to earn Munn’s golden buzzer, sending them straight into the live shows.
The performance earned a standing ovation from all the judges as the choir of 160 members were overcome with joy and some were in tears.
“Not only am I listening to you and absorbing the sound, but I’m looking at your faces. Everybody is living the song more than playing the song or singing the song. You took me on a journey and I love you,” said Howie Mandel.
When asked why the group was put together, founder and director Sue Fink had the most open and honest response.
“I wanted to start something to give back to the community,” she said. “We try to represent diversity, different religions, different ages. We’re black, white, rich, poor, gay, straight. Even the Republicans and Democrats can sit next to each other in our group.”
“Just looking around and seeing the diversity, seeing different ages, different races, yet, you guys are all singing from the same voice. It is so inspirational to see all of you guys,” said guest judge Olivia Munn.
Munn then hit her golden buzzer, sending golden confetti raining down on the group. The golden buzzer marks the second consecutive week that a choir is sent straight into the live shows. Last week, Voices of Hope Children’s Choir was awarded Ken Jeong’s buzzer.
The other six acts that advanced were Joseph O’Brien, Shin Lim, Rob Lake, The Future Kingz, Hans and Vickie Barbolak.
America’s Got Talent airs on NBC in the US and streams on Netflix in the UK. Judge Cuts continues next week with guest judge Martina McBride.