America’s Got Talent 2021 live updates

AMERICA'S Got Talent returned to screens Tuesday night for the second episode of Season 16 – and fans were treated to a tense moment between Simon Cowell and fellow judge Howie Mendell.

Japanese group UniCircle Flow stunned the panel with an impressive act on the latest show – but viewers were shocked by Howie using the chance to mock Simon's bicycle fall that left him with a broken back.

The show made its triumphant return on June 1, after a difficult season last year dealing with injuries and the Covid pandemic.

New shows will be airing every Tuesday at 8 pm ET.

The show airs on NBC and streams on Peacock and Hulu – with auditions throughout July and live shows beginning in August. A winner will be named in September 2021.

Read our America’s Got Talent live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

  • Katie Balevic

    SOUTH KOREAN BOY BAND WOWS THE JUDGES

    "We really want to be pop star(s)," one singer said before they started their performance.

    The band, called Korean Soul, got all yes's from the judges.

    "What is it in Korean culture that makes so many talented people?" Howie asked.

    Heidi called their sound "silky and smooth."

    "I thought it was spectacular," Sofia said.

    "Probably one of the best auditions we've had today, right?" Simon said.

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    'LARGER THAN LIFE' BOY BAND FALLS FLAT

    "I always wanted to be in a boy band," one of them said.

    Simon rolled his eyes before hitting his buzzer once the band started to sing off key.

    "Was that serious?" Simon asked after they were finished. "I would just stop right now… It's hard enough when you're good. When you're terrible…I would just give it up."

    Heidi and Howie also hit their buzzers. They got no's from the judges.

     

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    UNICYCLISTS GET ALL YES VOTES FROM THE JUDGES

    The group UniCircle Flow surprised the judges with a dance routine on unicycles.

    "Does this scare you, Simon, when you see people on bikes?" Howie joked before the group performed.

    "This is one of the most unique, amazing acts we've seen on America's Got Talent over the years," Simon said.

    "Perfection," Sofia added.

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    DANCERS WOW THE JUDGES WITH 'SENSATIONAL' ROUTINE

    "I think this act was sensational, absolutely sensational," Simon said.

    The Beyond Belief Dance troupe got four yes's from the judges.

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    NIGHTBIRDE GOT SIMON'S GOLDEN BUZZER FOR HER PERFORMANCE

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    NIGHTBIRDE GETS SIMON'S GOLDEN BUZZER

    "I said I knew what I wanted but I guess I lied. It's okay, it's okay, it's okay," Nightbirde sang. After she finished, she got a standing ovation.

    "That felt like the most authentic thing I've heard this season," Howie said.

    "It was powerful, it was heartfelt, and I think you're amazing," Sofia said.

    "Your voice is stunning absolutely stunning," Simon said. "There was something about that song, about the way you almost casually told us what you were going through."

    "You cant wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy," Nightbirde said, causing Simon to pause.

    "There have been some great singers this year, and I'm not going to give you a yes. I'm going to give you something else," Simon said, before giving her his golden buzzer.

    "I had a two percent chance of survival. Two percent is not zero percent. Two percent is something," she said off stage.

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    SINGER WOWS JUDGES WITH ORIGINAL SONG

    Nightbirde said she has struggled with cancer. She performed an original song called "It's Okay."

    "'It's Okay,' is the story of the last year of my life," said Nightbirde, who has cancer in her lungs, spine, and liver.

    "So you're not okay?" Howie asked her after hearing about her diagnosis.

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    STAND-UP COMEDIAN GINA BRILLON GETS ALL YES'S FROM THE JUDGES

    Stand-up comedian Gina Brillon had the judges laughing.

    "My husband's a great guy," Gina said. "I got me a 1978 caucasian. That's a good model."

    She said her husband is a "mid-west white."

    "That is organic. That is farm-to-table white," Gina said.

    She also joked about having an identical twin sister.

    "Do you know what it's like when someone calls you up and says, 'I feel so ugly,'" she said. "Like, that's my face."

    The judges loved it.

    "I laughed at every single joke," Sofia said.

    "You're funny," Howie said. "You're a natural."

    All the judges voted yes.

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    FRENCH GROUP MAKES THE JUDGES LAUGH

    Les Beaux Freres had the judges laughing as they danced and stripped down to towels.

    "I love this. It's funny. I want you to keep going. I don't want you to throw in the towel," Howie joked.

    "That was fantastic," Sofia said. "I can't wait to see what else you take off."

    The duo got all yes's from all the judges.

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    PENCIL MUSICIAN DISAPPOINTS JUDGES

    Danny Dechi, who said he's a contractor by day, didn't impress the judges.

    Dechi popped a pencil on his face for his routine.

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    THE CURTIS FAMILY C-NOTES HAD THE JUDGES BOOGYING

    The judges gave The Curtis Family C-Notes a standing ovation.

    "Wow, wow, wow," Simon said.

    "I think you guys are super stars, and you inspire me," Howie said.

    "Momma knows how to sing," Heidi added.

    "There's so much more to come, I can just feel it. I'm so happy you've come on our show," Simon said.

    All the judges voted yes.

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    BOOGIE BAND BRINGS HOWIE TO TEARS

    "America needs you guys," Crews told the band before they went on stage.

    The Curtis Family C-Notes are from San Francisco. Before they performed, one of the children asked Simon to name her guitar.

    Simon chose the name "Moon," bringing Howie to tears.

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    JOHNNY SHOWCASE SURPRISED THE JUDGES WITH BIZARRE ROUTINE

    Singer Johnny Showcase showed up with his spiritual advisor and backup singers.

    "We've got to be sensual but not sexual because I'm married," Johnny sang in a bizarre performance that had the judges laughing.

    "I'm going to be honest with you – you were so annoying, and then the act started, and it was brilliant," Simon said afterward.

    "I really enjoyed it," Sofia said. "You transformed yourself."

    "There aren't even words," Howie said.All four judges voted yes.

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    MAGICIAN SHOCKS THE JUDGES WITH CARD TRICKS

    Patrick Kun, a magician, shocked the judges with his card magic and sleight-of-hand tricks.

    "That was special," Sofia said. "You were right in front of us."

    "There are certain things that can't be explained, which means it's magic. People laugh at me for saying it but I do beleive in it," Simon said.

    "I hope you win," Howie said.

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    JUDGES TERRIFIED FOR ESCAPE ARTIST AS HE STRUGGLES TO FREE HIMSELF

    "I've never done this before ever," Johnson added, referring to the contraption he was strapped into for his performance.

    Johnson said he rehearsed once yesterday. As his performance went on, Sofia covered her eyes. Simon looked visibly terrified.

    After Johnson escaped, he received a standing ovation.

    "Anyone who puts himself in this position – because the trouble is things go wrong, and that could have been catastrophic," Simon said. "But you were brilliant. Respect."

    "I was so nervous for you," Sofia said.

    "I've never been more scared looking at this contraption," Howie said.

    All four judges voted yes.

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    ESCAPE ARTIST TERRIFIES JUDGES

    Escape artist Matt Johnson terrified the judges when he was bound by a straight jacket and hung upside down under a contraption armed with a saw.

    Johnson said his wife asked him to stop performing a year ago.

    "I was working on a dangerous escape, and I actually hung myself and drowned at the same time," he said.

    "It's my life, and this sounds so ridiculous, but I'm here to face my fears. I have something to prove," he went on.

  • Katie Balevic

    SOUTH KOREAN BOY BAND WOWS THE JUDGES

    "We really want to be pop star(s)," one singer said before they started their performance.

    The band, called Korean Soul, got all yes's from the judges.

    "What is it in Korean culture that makes so many talented people?" Howie asked.

    Heidi called their sound "silky and smooth."

    "I thought it was spectacular," Sofia said.

    "Probably one of the best auditions we've had today, right?" Simon said.

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    'LARGER THAN LIFE' BOY BAND FALLS FLAT

    "I always wanted to be in a boy band," one of them said.

    Simon rolled his eyes before hitting his buzzer once the band started to sing off key.

    "Was that serious?" Simon asked after they were finished. "I would just stop right now… It's hard enough when you're good. When you're terrible…I would just give it up."

    Heidi and Howie also hit their buzzers. They got no's from the judges.

  • Katie Balevic

    UNICYCLISTS GET ALL YES VOTES FROM THE JUDGES

    The group UniCircle Flow surprised the judges with a dance routine on unicycles.

    "Does this scare you, Simon, when you see people on bikes?" Howie joked before the group performed.

    "This is one of the most unique, amazing acts we've seen on America's Got Talent over the years," Simon said.

    "Perfection," Sofia added.

  • Katie Balevic

    DANCERS WOW THE JUDGES

    "I think this act was sensational, absolutely sensational," Simon said.

    The Beyond Belief Dance troupe got four yes's from the judges.

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    WHICH HOSTS HAVE COME AND GONE ON THE SHOW?

    Simon Cowell is the show's creator and has hosted for the last five seasons.

    Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel have hosted several seasons on and off while Sofia Vergara is returning for the show for her second season.

    Nick Cannon left America's Got Talent early in 2017 after a much-publicized fallout with NBC.

    Cannon served as the host of NBC's America's Got Talent from 2009 to 2016 but did not return for 2017.

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    HOW CAN YOU WATCH AMERICA'S GOT TALENT?

    America's Got Talent airs on NBC and streams on Peacock and Hulu.

    Season 16 premiered on Tuesday, June 1 with episodes airing weekly at 8 pm EST.

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    WHO WON AMERICA'S GOT TALENT LAST YEAR?

    Brandon Leake was the first spoken-word poet in the talent competition and went on to become the first spoken-word poet to win the show.

    The Stockton, California, native, proved he was a top contender from the beginning when he earned a Golden Buzzer during his audition from Howie Mandel.

    After his quarterfinals performance, Howie commented, "I've never been more moved in my life on this show by any other act. We need you on this show. We need in this world… You matter."

    The 27-year-old walked away with the $1 million prize, a brand new Kia Stinger, and the chance to headline a show for AGT in Las Vegas.

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    WHO IS HOSTING THIS SEASON OF AMERICA'S GOT TALENT?

    Terry Crews will return to season 16 as the host of America's Got Talent.

    Terry Crews is an actor, comedian, artist, TV host, bodybuilder, and former professional football player.

    Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell will return as the hosts of the latest season of AGT.

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    FANS CRITIQUE WHO HOWIE GAVE HIS GOLDEN BUZZER TO

    America's Got Talent fans slammed Howie Mandel for using his one Golden Buzzer on a choir group due to a “sob story” not their “singing ability.”

    On last week's season premiere of the NBC competition, viewers were shocked the 65-year-old comedian advanced The Northwell Health Nurse Choir over other acts. 

    As the group came out in scrubs, they discussed their difficult year working through “a really dark, trying time” the pandemic. 

    The choir then sang a stunning rendition of a medley that included Lean on Me and Ben E. King's classic Stand by Me.

    One person said: “Nurses in general are incredible and the Northwell choir is talented but they got their golden buzzer more for the story than their skills (as is the case w most golden buzzer acts).”

    “America's got sob stories,” a second quipped on Twitter. 

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