The primary golden buzzer has been awarded for season 16 of America’s Obtained Expertise, and the recipients could not probably be extra worthy of the honour. On Tuesday’s premiere episode of the NBC competitors collection, the Northwell Health Nurse Choir blew away the judges — sure, even Simon Cowell! — with a stirring audition efficiency that seamlessly mixed the lyrics of Invoice Withers’s “Lean on Me” and Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” And sure, in case you had been questioning, that mashup of songs is simply as tear-jerking because it sounds.
The proficient choir consists of 18 New York-based nurses who’ve been engaged on the entrance traces of the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for sufferers in several hospitals positioned across the closely affected state. They got here collectively to have fun the “mild” and “hope” that music supplied them with throughout an in any other case “darkish, attempting time,” one nurse defined in a clip that aired earlier than they took the stage. As quickly as they wrapped their efficiency, all 4 judges and your complete viewers erupted right into a well-deserved standing ovation, not solely applauding their angelic harmonies but additionally their courageous service. Howie Mandel praised their staging as “heroic” earlier than proudly slamming the golden-buzzer button, sending them straight by to the dwell reveals. Watch the choir’s AGT look in full above, and put together to really feel extremely moved.