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Why Heidi Klum Uses 'Hand Binoculars' on AGT to Watch Auditions

Klum's "hand binoculars" have become one of her signature judging moves.

By Christopher Rosa

Heidi Klum's "hand binoculars" are an AGT staple. If you've watched even one episode of the show, you know what we're talking about. Sometimes during Auditions, Klum makes her hands into the shape of binoculars and puts them around her eyes to get a better look. But why does she do this? Is it just for a gag, or is there a technical reason? The Judges have poked fun at Klum for her "hand binoculars," but the supermodel actually has a great reason for using them during try-outs. 

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Below, we reveal the logic behind Heidi Klum's "hand binoculars" AGT

Why does Heidi Klum use "hand binoculars" on AGT to watch Auditions? 

Klum opened up about her "hand binoculars" in a 2021 NBC video. "People are always wondering about my binoculars," Klum said. "But you guys should try this one, and then you'll see what I mean. There's so much light and colors and things going on that sometimes it's very hard to focus in on the Act." 

Klum says she knows her "hand binoculars" aren't real binoculars (obviously). "They're just really to block the light out," she dished.

There you have it, folks! A mystery solved. 

In an April 2022 interview with Access Hollywood, Klum described judging America's Got Talent as a "rollercoaster of emotions." 

"Every day is new and different," she said. "I mean, yes, we [the Judges and Host] might be the same, but you see all these crazy, different people on the stage. We're having the best time. I always call it a 'rollercoaster of emotions,' because a person comes and they're singing. The next is an aerialist. The next one is a contortionist or a comedian. Everyone has a story to tell because they're real people. They're not actors. This is not a movie. This is real life. It's always fun to hear the stories...it never gets boring." 

AGT airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.