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What Is AGT 19's New, Exciting Golden Buzzer Twist? (DETAILS)

America's Got Talent's new format changes the games when it comes to advancing to Live Shows.

By Ama Ofosu

America's Got Talent is back and ready to entertain audiences worldwide with the country's best Acts vying for a big cash prize. The show makes its anticipated return for its 19th Season on May 28 with a new round of Auditions. However, this time around things will be different thanks to a new Golden Buzzer shakeup.

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Watch America’s Got Talent Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock

As always, viewers can expect a breathtaking variety of Acts, from singing and dancing to magic – ensuring every moment is filled with surprise and awe. Renowned for its captivating talent, the show has earned adoration from audiences across the globe. And this season, new changes are sure to ignite excitement among fans. So, here's everything you need to know about what's different with the Golden Buzzers in AGT Season 19. 

What is AGT Season 19's Golden Buzzer twist?

Ramadhani Brothers on stage during their golden buzzer moment on AGT: Fantasy League Episode 102

As any seasoned AGT fan knows, when an Act auditions on the show, they typically need a majority vote to progress to the next round. However, a Judge can hit the Golden Buzzer in extraordinary cases, moving the Act directly to the Live Shows.

In previous seasons, both the Judges and the Host were limited to using the Golden Buzzer only once each on a single Act of their choosing. However, Season 19 hopes to kick things up a notch by letting each Judges use the Golden Buzzer twice. In other words, the Judges gets to send two Acts of their choosing directly to the Live Shows.

"In the first two days we’ve used more Golden Buzzers than we’ve ever used. That’s got to be a good sign!” Simon Cowell told People.

With many exceptional talents coming this season, this adjustment alleviates some of the pressure that Judges may have felt previously, ensuring they don't hesitate to use their Golden Buzzer for fear that another Act might blow their minds later. Meanwhile, as the Host of the show, Terry Crews will still only get a single Golden Buzzer to use, bringing a grand total of nine Golden Buzzers to Season 19.

Who are the Judges on AGT Season 19?

Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Sofía Vergara and Simon Cowell sit at the America's Got Talent Desk for Season 19

Some of our favorite Judges and Host are set to return for another exciting season! Comedian Howie Mandel will reprise his role as a Judge, marking his 12th season on the show. Joining him is the multi-talented Heidi Klum, who serves as a Judge and holds other titles such as supermodel, author, producer, and actress. Additionally, Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG-nominated actress Sofia Vergara will return as a Judge in Season 19 after letting Mel B take the chair for America's Got Talent: Fantasy League. And, of course (also serving as executive producer) Cowell will join the panel of Judges again.

Let's not forget about the Host! Crews returns once again to walk the audience and viewers through all the Acts performing on stage. 

When does AGT Season 19 Premiere?

Simon Cowell smiles in his judges chair on America's Got Talent: Fantasy League Episode 101

The new Season of America's Got Talent kicks off on May 28, 2024 starting with the Season 19 Auditions. Fans can be on the lookout for even more talent and even more Golden Buzzers this time around as the Acts compete for the grand prize and a chance to have their talent recognized on one of the grandest stages of them all. 

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