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America’s Got Talent: The Champions: Heidi Klum presses Golden Buzzer for singer Angelina Jordan


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Angelina Jordan, a singer from Norway, won Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer on Monday’s season two premiere of America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

The 13-year-old jazz fan, who won Norway’s Got Talent at age seven in 2014, will go directly to the finals for her inventive version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

She easily garnered a standing ovation for her interpretation of the song, which was delicate and haunting, leaving out the more rocking part of the tune.

Golden buzzer: Heidi Klum pressed her Golden Buzzer for Norwegian singer Angelina Jordan on Monday’s season two premiere of America’s Got Talent: The Champions

‘I feel like I am witnessing the birth of something really special, a star,’ declared singer Alesha Dixon, 41, a new judge, telling Angelina she loved her in Norwegian.

‘Everything about tonight felt like it came from you—the arrangement of the song, the simplicity of it,’ marveled judge Simon Cowell, 60, whom Angelina said she’d been waiting years to meet. ‘Seriously, this was an amazing performance.’

Heidi, 46, couldn’t wait any longer. ‘Finally you guys are finished talking!’ she blurted. ‘You have no idea how hard it is for me to sit here and wait for you guys to jibbety-jabbety, jibbety-jabbety, jibbety-jabbety, because that was so amazing, I got to…’

And with that she stood up and slammed her buzzer as the crowd erupted in loud, raucous cheers, and golden confetti blanketed the stage.

Teen talent: The 13-year-old jazz fan, who won Norway's Got Talent at age seven in 2014, will go directly to the finals thanks to Heidi for her inventive version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody

Teen talent: The 13-year-old jazz fan, who won Norway’s Got Talent at age seven in 2014, will go directly to the finals thanks to Heidi for her inventive version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody

Angelina covered her face with her hands, standing before everyone barefoot as she always does while performing, which she hopes will bring attention to less-fortunate children in the world.

Nine other acts hit the stage on Monday, all of them performers from U.S. or international ‘Got Talent’ shows, though just three went on to the semifinals.

The two performers chosen by superfans from around the country were American trapeze act Duo Transcend, and Venezuelan card artist Dania Diaz, 31.

Barefoot performance: Angelina sang barefoot as she always does while performing, which she hopes will bring attention to less-fortunate children in the world

Barefoot performance: Angelina sang barefoot as she always does while performing, which she hopes will bring attention to less-fortunate children in the world

She's back: Heidi, 46, was back as a judge on the spin-off after she was replaced before season 14 of America's Got Talent

She’s back: Heidi, 46, was back as a judge on the spin-off after she was replaced before season 14 of America’s Got Talent

The judges were left to pick the last act to go through, which turned out to be Australian Matt Gilbertson, who performed as German cabaret star Hans.

British dancing duo Paddy and Nicko, who were 85 and 45 respectively, got things started with a rousing routine to Jennifer Lopez’s 1999 hit Let’s Get Loud.

Paddy, who’d taken up dancing after raising four children and losing ‘the love of her life,’ husband David, shocked the audience with her sexy, fast-paced moves.

Magic act: Dania Diaz advanced to the finals after being chosen by show superfans from around the country

Magic act: Dania Diaz advanced to the finals after being chosen by show superfans from around the country

Dynamic duo: Duo Transcend also advanced to the finals based on voting by superfans

Dynamic duo: Duo Transcend also advanced to the finals based on voting by superfans

Last act: The judges were left to pick the last act to go through, which turned out to be Australian Matt Gilbertson, who performed as German cabaret star Hans

Last act: The judges were left to pick the last act to go through, which turned out to be Australian Matt Gilbertson, who performed as German cabaret star Hans

‘So much fun, so inspiring,’ Alesha praised the dancers, who appeared on the eighth season of Britain’s Got Talent. ‘It’s never too late to do what you love.’

Onetime subway singer Mike Yung, 60, a contestant on AGT’s Season 12 in 2017, said his life changed just from being on the show.

He’d since sung all over the U.S. and performed in fourteen countries a year, he explained, noting that AGT ‘opened a door that has never closed.’

First up: British dancing duo Paddy and Nicko, who were 85 and 45 respectively, got things started with a rousing routine to Jennifer Lopez's 1999 hit Let's Get Loud

First up: British dancing duo Paddy and Nicko, who were 85 and 45 respectively, got things started with a rousing routine to Jennifer Lopez’s 1999 hit Let’s Get Loud

Original song: Onetime subway singer Mike Yung, 60, a contestant on AGT's Season 12 in 2017, performed an original song

Original song: Onetime subway singer Mike Yung, 60, a contestant on AGT’s Season 12 in 2017, performed an original song

Mike was happy to be back on the show as it was helping him go on emotionally after his partner Lydia recently died of a heart attack.

His original song about being a dreamer resonated with the judges, especially Heidi, who said, ‘I’ve always been one of your biggest fans. You’re the best, and that’s why you’re here.’

Junior Creative Dance, the winners of Myanmar’s Got Talent 2018, stunned the crowd with a shadow act that depicted their country’s battle-scarred past.

Shadow act: Junior Creative Dance, the winners of Myanmar's Got Talent 2018, stunned the crowd with a shadow act that depicted their country's battle-scarred past

Shadow act: Junior Creative Dance, the winners of Myanmar’s Got Talent 2018, stunned the crowd with a shadow act that depicted their country’s battle-scarred past

It paid tribute to the ‘children who are the innocent victims of war,’ it said, and Heidi gave them ‘kudos’ for their ‘entertaining’ and ‘socially conscious’ piece.

‘Young people are able to make a point more clearly than people who are three times older than you,’ Simon observed, looking at the group’s teary faces.

Hans, up next, played the accordion and rode a banana in a glittery outfit before belting out a cover of Lizzo’s Juice, to Heidi’s total delight.

Outrageous routine: Hans played the accordion and rode a banana in a glittery outfit before belting out a cover of Lizzo's Juice

Outrageous routine: Hans played the accordion and rode a banana in a glittery outfit before belting out a cover of Lizzo’s Juice

‘When I first came to America, I was a little bit of a star, but I didn’t know how brightly a star could shine,’ Hans remembered in his faux-accent.

Hans’ elimination from Season 13 of America’s Got Talent knocked him down for a while, but as he noted, ‘every valley has a peak—and you just have to pull yourself up by the hot pants and get going once again.’

His act ended with pink streamers that covered the judges entirely, but Simon didn’t love it, saying: ‘It was almost impossible to make that worse. Overgrown bananas, terrible singing, weird dancing… where does this go?’

Big finish: His act ended with pink streamers that covered the judges entirely, but Simon didn't love it

Big finish: His act ended with pink streamers that covered the judges entirely, but Simon didn’t love it

Also from Australia was singer Jack Vidgen, 22, who won Australia’s Got Talent in 2011 at age 14, releasing multiple albums and touring copiously.

He walked away from it all when his voice started to change, he said: ‘I hated the way I sounded, and I stopped singing. Not just singing professionally.’

‘I’ve come here to defend the title that I won all those years ago.’

Australian talent: Jack Vidgen, 22, who won Australia's Got Talent in 2011 at age 14, also competed

Australian talent: Jack Vidgen, 22, who won Australia’s Got Talent in 2011 at age 14, also competed

His cover of 2018 tune Lauren Daigle’s You Say moved the audience, which rose to its feet, and Alesha said there was something ‘very endearing’ about him.

‘You have the talent,’ judge Howie Mandel, 64, opined. ‘You have the voice. You just need the confidence.’

Utah-based trapeze artists Duo Transcend had the crowd gasping with their dangerous moves, which got them close to winning season 13 of AGT.

Standing ovation: His cover of 2018 tune Lauren Daigle's You Say moved the audience, which rose to its feet

Standing ovation: His cover of 2018 tune Lauren Daigle’s You Say moved the audience, which rose to its feet

‘Even though we’ve had a lot, we still wish to this day that we had won,’ Tyce Nielsen noted of that experience.

Both blindfolded in their latest attempt, they dropped down onto the stage and swung each other around without a net, making Heidi’s palms sweat.

At the end, Mary Wolfe-Nielsen even did a mid-air flip without being able to see, purely on instinct, and everyone went wild as their young son Jack watched.

Trapeze artists: Utah-based trapeze artists Duo Transcend had the crowd gasping with their dangerous moves, which got them close to winning season 13 of AGT

Trapeze artists: Utah-based trapeze artists Duo Transcend had the crowd gasping with their dangerous moves, which got them close to winning season 13 of AGT

‘Yes, yes, yes! That is how you do it!’ Alesha exclaimed afterward.

‘Scary, so wonderful, and exactly what this show is about,’ Howie agreed, as Heidi begged superfans to vote them through.

Comedian Dan Naturman, 50, wasn’t quite as lucky with his act, as his jokes about Facebook, texting and being an uncle didn’t land, and Simon even X’ed him out.

Funny guy: Comedian Dan Naturman, 50, wasn't quite as lucky with his act, as his jokes about Facebook, texting and being an uncle didn't land, and Simon Cowell even X'ed him out

Funny guy: Comedian Dan Naturman, 50, wasn’t quite as lucky with his act, as his jokes about Facebook, texting and being an uncle didn’t land, and Simon Cowell even X’ed him out

Dan had been eliminated from Season 9 of AGT in 2014, and had found success as an actor and standup, being featured on late-night shows and gaining praise from other comics, like Howie, who called him ‘one of the funniest comics in America.’

‘You’ve got to walk away at the end of the night and go ‘I saw something that blew my mind,’ Simon pointed out afterward. ‘That didn’t.’

‘In the music business, your world is gold,’ Dan acknowledged. ‘In the world of comedy, I don’t think you know your ass from your elbow.’

Longtime judge: Howie Mandel was back to serve as a judge in the spin-off

Longtime judge: Howie Mandel was back to serve as a judge in the spin-off

New judge: English singer and Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, 41, joined the show as a judge for the international competition

New judge: English singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, 41, joined the show as a judge for the international competition

Eddie Williams’ sweet cover of John Legend’s Ordinary People charmed the crowd, especially as the 415-lb. singer surprised them with it, since they thought he might be doing something involving weightlifting instead.

But Howie X’d him out, then disappeared as the crowd chanted ‘Eddie! Eddie!’

‘I think Howie ran away because he’s afraid of what you might do to him if he were still sitting here,’ said Alesha, as Howie poked his head up in the distance.

Sweet cover: Eddie Williams' sweet cover of John Legend's Ordinary People charmed the crowd, especially as the 415-lb. singer surprised them with it, since they thought he might be doing something involving weightlifting instead

Sweet cover: Eddie Williams’ sweet cover of John Legend’s Ordinary People charmed the crowd, especially as the 415-lb. singer surprised them with it, since they thought he might be doing something involving weightlifting instead

Dania, a finalist on Spain’s Got Talent in 2018, had practiced magic for more than a decade, but got used to people thinking she was the assistant, not the act.

After doing so well in her TV performances, she started performing in sold-out theatres in Spain, and wanted to hit big in America, too.

‘I want to tell all of you the story of my life with a deck of cards,’ she said, flipping quickly through them and seamlessly turning over numbers, suites or royal characters to annotate everything she said as she spoke.

Life story: Dania told her life story through a deck of cards

Life story: Dania told her life story through a deck of cards

‘I think you have a really, really good chance, and I hope the superfans get behind you,’ Alesha told her. ‘That was wonderful.’

Simon called the performance ‘absolutely amazing,’ adding: ‘You managed to make numbers on a card become an emotional story.’

Duo Transcend and Dania were chosen by the superfans, while Hans was voted in by Heidi and Howie, though Simon chose Jack, and Alesha liked Junior Creative.

The judges: Howie, Alesha, Heidi and Simon evaluated the talent on the season two premiere

The judges: Howie, Alesha, Heidi and Simon evaluated the talent on the season two premiere

 

 

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