‘THIS IS A “TALENT SHOW”, NOT DR. PHIL’ reminds AGT fans after singer Lily Meola gets golden buzzer

Getting the judges’ coveted golden buzzer on “America’s Got Talent” can be both a blessing and a curse, since all eyes are on the artist who bagged it. Although NBC’s hit talent-hunting show showcases a wide array of talent, the show has been criticized for favoring singers over other artists. Considering that three out of five golden buzzer acts are singers, there might be some truth to it.

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After Howie Mandel handed his golden buzzer to singer Maddie Baez and Simon Cowell gave his to Sara James, Heidi Klum followed suit and handed hers to Lily Meola on the recently aired episode of “AGT.” . Although the judge acknowledged that far too many singers and musicians receive buzzers and gold accolades in the show, she still couldn’t resist giving it to Lily. Heidi defended her decision by pointing out how much Lily’s whole personality and inspirational backstory appealed to her. While Heidi seemed happy with her choice for the golden buzzer, however, fans felt that Lily’s singing wasn’t worthy of a golden buzzer. Many fans were convinced that Lily only got it because of her “sOb story”.

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You can watch Lily Meola’s performance here:



Ahead of her performance, Lily revealed that she was living the dream after signing a record deal, publishing deal, and more. But everything fell apart after her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She became her mother’s full-time caretaker, which resulted in her losing the recording contract. While Lily was happy to have been able to spend time with her mother, she was however sad to have lost her mother to cancer. After hearing Lily’s sad story, the judges and even the audience became emotional. Lily then explained that her mother instilled in her a love of music and that she would honor her mother through her performance. Lily then sang one of her original compositions which she later revealed was also her mother’s favorite song.

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At the end of Lily’s performance, all the judges were amazed and Heidi presented her with the golden buzzer. Several fans took to the show’s YouTube clip of her performance to point out that she wouldn’t have gotten the golden buzzer if not for the emotional backstory. One fan commented, “I really want the background stories banned until the voting is over because she wouldn’t have gotten the golden buzzer if it wasn’t for that.” Another fan wrote, “Sigh another case of an above average singer getting a golden buzzer because of a gory story.” “It was good but like it wasn’t worthy of a golden buzzer, she only got it because she had a sad story,” one fan argued.

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Heidi Klum hits the gold buzzer for Lily Meola on ‘AGT’ (NBC)

“How to get golden buzzer on agt 1. be able to sing decently 2. have a sad story,” one fan mocked. “Condolences to you, but I don’t think this performance is a golden ringer act, there are so many talented artists other than his who deserve it,” an unimpressed fan pointed out. “Tell your bloody story and sing like any other contestant (nothing special) = Golden buzzer… They need to reduce the number of golden buzzers to singers and start giving more to other acts IMO…”, echoed one fan. “Omg ENOUGH WITH SACK’S SAD STORIES! IDC IF YOU HAVE A DEPRESSIVE STORY! IT’S A TALENT SHOW, NOT DR. PHIL! A TALENTED! YEAH SHE HAS TALENT, BUT ENOUGH SINGERS AND DEPRESSIVE STORIES. WE WANT VARIETY. REMEMBER, THIS IS A ‘TALENT SHOW’, NOT DR. PHIL”, said a fan annoyed.

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Season 17 of “America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. After the show premieres, you can catch all-new episodes every Tuesday from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using one of the following streaming services: Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV, or YouTube TV.

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