"America's Got Talent" just expertly fooled us all.
Every episode of auditions so far has ended with an emotional, inspirational, incredibly good performance that resulted in one of the judges (or Terry Crews) hitting the Golden Buzzer, sending them straight through to the live shows.
On Tuesday night's episode, that's exactly what viewers thought was going to happen after Julianne Hough noted the judges had yet to hit that button. It seemed like the perfect Golden Buzzer recipient was going to be found in Ben Trigger, a travel agent from Australia who had been bullied as a child, then horribly dislocated his knee as a teenager, crushing his dance dreams.
Hough was thrilled that he wasn't wearing shoes, and clearly prepared herself for what might be something incredible.
It turned out to be very incredible, and the Golden Buzzer was hit, but it did not go quite the way fans had imagined.
Trigger's performance was less emotional and more spectacular, as he shed his golden jacket, his sleeveless shirt and his pants to reveal a leotard and tassles. He twirled around the stage, giving us some wild moves we definitely were not expecting.
Then, he made his way to the judge's table and dipped back, falling right on the Golden Buzzer.
Confetti rained from the ceiling. The audience cheered. "I'm sorry," a breathless Trigger said.
"In all of my time here, this is my favorite Golden Buzzer moment," Howie Mandel said.
And while the Golden Buzzer did not count, Trigger did get four yeses.
America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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