'America's Got Talent' season 14: Fans are furious that Howie Mandel used his golden buzzer for Joseph Allen
'America's Got Talent' season 14 recently premiered and overall though it has just been two weeks, fans seem to be loving every second of the reality TV competition series.
Throughout the two episodes, we have seen impeccable talent. Starting from V.Unbeatable, Eric Chen, Greg Morton, Kodi Lee and Sophie Pecora in the first episode, to girl gang G Force, daredevils Karawajit and Karamjit, and singer Joseph Allen in the second.
You would think fans usually would concur with judges choices for the golden buzzer but turns out that, that is not always true. Season 14 of AGT marks 10 years of Mandel being a judge on the famous series. Even though he is a fan favorite judge, currently Mandel is facing backlash from fans because of his decision to stomp on the golden buzzer for Joseph Allen.
Last night, as usual, AGT saved the best for the last, and walking to the center stage was singer Joseph Allen, who revealed he wants to leave his footprint in the world. He sang an original song and received rave comments from all four judges.
But between Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, and Gabrielle Union and Mandel, the latter was the one to appreciate the contestant most, calling his performance electric. "You walked up with such exuberance and that's what life is, life is a series of moments. People at home are talking about this moment. You said you wanted to leave a footprint. Well, I'm going to give you the footprint that you need to leave."
With that Mandel got up from his seat, got on top of the table and pressed the golden buzzer for Allen sending him directly to the live shows. While some fans revealed Allen totally deserved the golden buzzer, some fans couldn't disagree more, claiming that AGT mostly gives it golden buzzers to singers and no one else.
"#AGT continues to give singers golden buzzers. That wasn't a golden buzzer performance," wrote a fan on Twitter. Adding to that another fan said, "So, there will be another gold buzzer for another singer.... May as well turn the channel now. #AGT."
While another fan said, "Another singer? Oh geez. *facepalm*." This is not the first time fans have expressed their disappointment towards singers being the ones who mostly receive a golden buzzer. And if one takes a look at the previous seasons, it wouldn't be that hard to notice that fans were right all along.
Taking the most recent 'AGT: Champions' into consideration, three out of five of the golden buzzer winners were singers. But that does not mean they always end up winning. During the champions magician, Shin Lim was up against four singers during the finals but ended up winning. He was also the winner during season 13 of AGT that aired last summer.
Even though the judges have their say now, once the live shows start the voting is all in the hands of the viewers and fans.
'America's Got Talent' season 14 airs every Tuesday night on NBC. Check your local listings for more information.
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