‘America’s Got Talent’: 7 Best Auditions From The Season 17 Premiere (VIDEO) | Entertainment

America’s Got Talent Season 17 started with a bang (from drums). From a powerful opening audition of a Chicago drum set to a pop girl group created by JoJo Siwa and an unforgettable musical moment to close the episode, the NBC reality competition series delivered an energetic premiere.

Tuesday, May 31 AGT The premiere marked the return of judges Simon Cowell, Sofía Vergara, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum and host Terry Crews. And one of the performances started with four no’s from the panel, but the cheesy song became an earworm for the audience, eventually causing three of the judges (all but Vergara) to change their vote to yes.

Here, we break down the best auditions of the night, all of which got four yeses from the judges — no changes required.

The Drumline Pack

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Hailing from Chicago, The Pack Drumline was the first performance of the night and they did not disappoint. Their energy was contagious as the performers entertained the crowd with their music and dancing. The group started as an enrichment program for at-risk youth, and they stuck together as they grew. Their performance set the tone for the entire evening.


XOMG Pop on America's Got Talent Season 17 Premiere

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The pop group performed their original song, “Candy Hearts.” The group was formed by children’s entertainment icon Siwa and her mother, Jessalynn Siwa, who clapped backstage. The girls showed off their singing, rapping and dancing skills and got all the kids in the audience on their toes.

Mervant Vera

The magician incorporated mystifying card tricks and rapping into his act, including an original song inspired by hip-hop musicals. Her performance and heartwarming story of her family’s support earned her four resounding yeses from the judges.

Lee Collinson

Lee Collinson at America's Got Talent Season 17 Premiere

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The British singer impressed with his rendition of Dermot Kennedy’s “Better Days.” The judges FaceTimed his mother (who had just woken up in the UK) so she could watch him progress through the competition with the judges’ votes.

Celia Munoz

Inspired by watching ventriloquists on AGT, the opera singer was captivated by the art form and learned everything she needed to know, becoming an expert in two years. But rather than using puppets, she used her vocal talents in tandem with a radio while performing daily chores, like flossing, brushing her teeth, and taking a phone call (yes, she was both voice). She won over the judges with her originality and easily qualified for the next round.

Shu Takada

Shu Takada at America's Got Talent Season 17 Premiere

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Yo-yo acts aren’t always successful AGT, but Takada changed that. Combining excellent dancing in his number, the Japanese artist impressed the judges like no other yo-yo number had before. Instead of yes and no, the judges gave him yes and no. Fortunately, he got four big yos.

Avery Dixon

Avery Dixon at the America's Got Talent season 17 premiere

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During the final performance of the evening, the 21-year-old musician had the entire audience on their feet and moved many to tears. After struggling with bullying at school, Dixon discovered the saxophone and discovered his talent. All four judges sang his praises, with Cowell saying it was like watching a singer perform.

“It’s in your blood. It’s your destiny,” Cowell told her before giving her first yes. But there was no need to vote. Crews, moved by the performance, sent Dixon straight to the live shows, marking the first golden ringing moment of Season 17.

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