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America’s Got Talent 2022 live – Simon Cowell interrupts Kieran Rhodes’ emotional performance during audition

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COMPETITION show extravaganza America's Got Talent returned Tuesday with another evening of incredible acts, including one shocking moment where a young musician was interrupted.

Judge Simon Cowell asked AGT hopeful Kieran Rhodes to stop his Billy Joel cover and perform an original song instead.

The 20-year-old singer and pianist went on to play his song called Disengage - an emotional ballad written during a tough time in Kieran's life.

The four judges were blown away by Kieran's audition, and sent him to the next round with a unanimous vote.

Earlier in the episode, contestant Jannick Holste wowed judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Simon, and Sofía Vergara with an act combining magic and dancing.

The "completely original" audition blew the judges away, but Cowell joked that the act was "horrendous" because Holste used a tune by Klum for the act.

"The vocals on that song was like someone had trodden on a cat," Cowell said of Klum's music, earning boos from the crowd.

Read our America's Got Talent live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Comic Lace Larrabee raves about her experience on AGT

    America's Got Talent contestant Larrabee gushed on Twitter about her successful comedy bit on the show.

    Larrabee received four yeses and props from all four judges, despite Sofia Vergara's interruption. She tweeted that her performance was the "coolest night" of her life.

  • Kristen Cruz soars on TikTok

    Cruz received four yeses from the judges and a standing ovation after her performance of "I See Red" by Everybody Loves an Outlaw.

    Not only did she wow on the America's Got Talent stage but her TikTok is also getting attention. Cruz currently has 2.2million followers and almost 50million likes.

    Her latest video announcing her performance on AGT has received over 417k likes and over 4,000 comments with followers wishing her well.

  • Why did Nick Cannon leave AGT?

    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.

    He starred alongside Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, who were judges on AGT at the time.

    Shortly after his departure from AGT, Cannon moved on to be the host of The Masked Singer and spent a year hosting Nickelodeon's Lip Sync Battle Shorties.

  • Leah Chiappino

    Kieran Rhodes learned how to play music from Youtube

    The America's Got Talent contestant told judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Simon Cowell he sat down at the piano one day and taught himself how to play from YouTube videos.

    Rhodes said that's when he learned who Billy Joel was.

    Joel's work made the AGT hopeful realize he wanted to pursue music, for the rest of his life.

    Also through Youtube, Rhodes taught himself singing, piano, and songwriting.

  • Josie Rhodes Cook

    They have a dress code on set

    There are no brand names, emblems, or sports teams allowed on the contestants’ clothing, per Good Housekeeping.

    The show also suggests dressing brightly to stand out and arriving at the audition site in your clothes as no wardrobe changes are permitted.

  • Leah Chiappino

    Kieran is a self-taught artist

    You can watch self-taught musician Kieran Rhodes' stunning audition on YouTube now.

    America's Got Talent tweeted the video, adding that the singer is "proof that you don't need classical training to move audiences with your music."

  • Leah Chiappino

    Where is Kieran Rhodes From?

    The 20-year-old who wowed the judges on Tuesday's episode of America's Got Talent is from Brunt Hills, New York.

    The America's Got Talent hopeful played baseball in the area growing up but had a sudden urge to get into music when he hit high school, he told the judges.

    Brunt Hills is near Saratoga Springs and Schenectady.

    Rhodes is now a student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Social media lights up in support of the Mayyas

    A Lebanese female dance group impressed the America's Got Talentjudges with a Golden Buzzer performance on Tuesday night and they are now receiving praise from fans and companies all over the world.

    The host of "Voice of Lebanon" Misha Saifé tweeted about the performance, "It's not everyday that you get to tell news you're proud of!"

    Arabic pop singer, Haifa Wehbe also took to Twitter to express how "magnificent and jaw dropping" the Mayyas were.

  • Josie Rhodes Cook

    When is AGT on next?

    America’s Got Talent will air every Tuesday at 8pm on NBC.

    Later, in August, the show will air on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8pm when live shows begin.

  • Josie Rhodes Cook

    Who won AGT last year?

    Season 16 of America’s Got Talent concluded in September 2021, with a new champion.

    Dustin Tavella was the champion, becoming the third magician to do so after Mat Franco in season 9 and Shin Lim in season 13.

    “Thank you guys so much. This is absolutely amazing,” Tavella said at the time.

    “Before ‘AGT,’ I just never could’ve imagined my two worlds colliding – My passion for my magic and my story about my family.”

  • Josie Rhodes Cook

    Past AGT judges

    The original judges of America’s Got Talent were David HasselhoffBrandy Norwood, and Piers Morgan when the show began in 2006.

    Since then, a slew of famous faces have taken their seats on the judging panel.

    The full list includes: David Hasselhoff, Brandy Norwood, Piers Morgan, Julianne HoughGabrielle Union, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, and Mel B.

  • Josie Rhodes Cook

    Got an animal? Take precaution when auditioning

    The America's Got Talent staff asks competitors to present immunization records for any pets they may have in order to prevent people from turning up with wild animals, according to Good Housekeeping.

    Contestants should also fill out an online form to see whether they need to take any more measures before their audition.

  • Josie Rhodes Cook

    Fans think the episode was 'incredible'

    In response to America's Got Talent judge Heidi Klum asking fans what they thought of this week's episode, fans took to her replies on Twitter to share their thoughts.

    "It was incredible," one fan wrote.

    "Awesome show!!" another added.

    One viewer got more personal, writing to Klum, "You looked beautiful like always!!"

  • Josie Rhodes Cook

    Heidi urges fans to keep watching

    After this week's episode, Heidi Klum took to Twitter to urge fans to keep watching America's Got Talent.

    "What did you think of tonight’s episode?! See you next week for a brand new #AGT!" the AGT judge shared on June 21.

  • Josie Rhodes Cook

    History of AGT

    Simon Cowell, the founder of X Factor and a Sony Music executive, came up with the idea for America’s Got Talent because he wanted to create a talent competition that was far more spectacular than prior broadcast talent shows.

    His plan, which he initially pitched to British television network ITV in 2005, was for a competition in which anyone of any age or location could compete and perform whatever type of skill they wanted.

    The network liked the notion and approved the creation of a pilot episode to test the model, with Cowell and two other judges constituting a panel.

    The pilot was a huge success.

  • Josie Rhodes Cook

    The power of 'magic' and 'dance'

    Check out Jannick Holste's performance, released early by the AGT Twitter account, with the account noting, "Jannick brings the power of magic, dance and @heidiklum together for a performance like no other. #AGT."

    One longtime fan in the replies said seeing magic and dance come together was a "wish of mines and this performance made it come through."

  • Carsen Holaday

    Jannick Holste’s magical act

    In a preview clip for Tuesday night’s auditions, Jannick Holste wowed the judges with his act that brings together magic and dance.

    The performance was released early by the show’s Twitter account, but the audition was called “horrendous” by judge Simon Cowell because Holste used a tune by fellow AGT judge Heidi Klum for the act.

    “The vocals on that song was like someone had trodden on a cat,” Cowell said of Klum’s music.

    That comment earned several boos from the crowd.

    In the end, Holste moved forward to the next round.

  • Carsen Holaday

    America’s Got Talent: the host

    The current host of America’s Got Talent is actor Terry Crews.

    Past hosts included Tyra BanksNick Cannon, Jerry Springer, and Regis Philbin.

  • Carsen Holaday

    Howie Mandel has stayed on the show longest

    Howie Mandel is a Canadian comedian and TV personality.

    His most well-known job was presenting the game show Deal or No Deal.

    Mandel has served as a judge on America’s Got Talent for the most time of any previous judge.

    He made his debut appearance in Season 5, and this will be his twelfth season behind the dreaded X’s.

  • Carsen Holaday

    Who is Simon Cowell?

    Simon Cowell is well-known around the world for his tough yet lovable judging approach on numerous competition shows.

    America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, and American Idol have all featured him.

    He originally joined the judges on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent.

  • Carsen Holaday

    Who is Sofía Vergara?

    Sofía Vergara is a Colombian-American actress best known for her role in the television comedy Modern Family as Gloria.

    Between 2013 through 2020, she was the highest-paid actress on American television for seven years.

  • Carsen Holaday

    Who is Heidi Klum?

    Heidi Klum is a German-American model, television personality, producer, and entrepreneur who was the first German Victoria’s Secret Angel.

    She originally appeared on the show in 2013 and remained on the panel until 2018, when she took a brief hiatus.

    For Season 15, Klum returned as a judge.

  • Carsen Holaday

    Who is Howie Mandel?

    Howie’s most well-known job was presenting the game show Deal or No Deal.

    Mandel has served as a judge on America’s Got Talent for the most time of any previous judge.

    He made his debut appearance in Season 5, and this will be his twelfth season behind the dreaded X’s.

  • Carsen Holaday

    Who are the AGT judges?

    Each season of the series, the fate of the competitors lies in four judges’ hands. They are:

  • Carsen Holaday

    AGT contestants who got Golden Buzzers

    Throughout the seasons, there have been a number of memorable performances on AGT, but only a select few have gotten Golden Buzzers from judges and guest judges.

    Some of those acts are:

    • Drew Lynch from Howie Mandel in Season 10
    • Freckled Sky from Howard Stern in Season 10
    • Piff The Magic Dragon from Neil Patrick Harris in Season 10
    • Laura Bretan from Mel B in Season 11
    • Grace VanderWaal from Howie Mandel in Season 11
    • Sal Valentinetti from Heidi Klum in Season 11
    • Darci Lynne Farmer from Mel B in Season 12
    • Mandy Harvey from Simon Cowell in Season 12
    • Courtney Hadwin from Howie Mandel in Season 13
    • Kodi Lee from Gabrielle Union in Season 14
    • Joseph Allen from Howie Mandel in Season 14
    • Christina Rae from Heidi Klum in Season 15
    • Nightbirde from Simon Cowell in Season 16
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