‘America’s Got Talent’: Howie Mandel Gives a Reason for His Controversial Golden Buzzer Choice

The biggest moments during the auditions of America’s Got Talent tend to be when a judge hits a golden buzzer to send a contestant straight to the finals. Season 14 has just kicked off and two judges already hit their buzzers.

The first one went viral and got an emotional reaction from fans. The second one has people worried. Find out why fans are having a heated reaction and why Howie Mandel went with his choice.

Kodi Lee previously got the first golden buzzer of the season

Kodi Lee brought the house down by singing a song and playing piano. He is 22 years old and is blind and autistic.

We found out that he loved music really early on,” his mother Tina Lee said before the performance. “Through music and performing, he was able to withstand living in this world. Because when you’re autistic, it’s really hard to do what everyone else does. It actually has saved his life, playing music.”

The judges were very impressed by the end. “What just happened there was extraordinary,” said Simon Cowell. “Your voice is absolutely fantastic; you have a really beautiful tone. Thank you so much for trusting us on this show. I’m going to remember this moment for the rest of my life.”

Gabrielle Union decided to hit her golden buzzer for Lee. The moment went viral and even Oprah Winfrey tweeted about it with “Love this moment so much! Stood up and cheered in my living room. #KodiLee #AmericasGotTalent.”

Howie Mandel revealed why he chose Joseph Allen for his golden buzzer

Joseph Allen on 'America's Got Talent'
Joseph Allen on ‘America’s Got Talent’ | Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

The 21-year-old singer performed an original song for his audition. It was so good that Mandel stepped on his golden buzzer for him.

I was waiting for an inexplicable moment,” Mandel told People when it came to his buzzer. He revealed what all his golden buzzer choices have in common.

“The most gratifying experiences are always my golden buzzer moments because my golden buzzer moments are the most in the moment, emotional and heartfelt,” the judge said. “The way it looks on the stage with that huge noise and that golden confetti is exactly the way I feel. If you can visualize an emotion, that’s what’s going on in my heart when it happens.”

The performance got a mixed reaction from fans

Not everyone is happy for the contestant making it through to the finals. Some think the competition is already getting stacked with singers. Others thought Allen’s performance wasn’t good enough to get the buzzer.

However, there were some people who shared their excitement over the moment. There was a video of people celebrating in a restaurant. Some admitted to crying out of happiness for the songwriter.

Only time will tell if Allen can win over voters and the judges again later in the competition. Fans seem to be hoping for acts that don’t involve singing will get the celebration and confetti as well.