America's Got Talent: Simon Cowell gives WAFFLE Crew dancers 'little head start' with Golden Buzzer
Simon Cowell pushed his Golden Buzzer for the WAFFLE Crew, a New York City-based subway dance group, on Tuesday's episode of America's Got Talent.
The 60-year-old judge was astounded by the 'LiteFeet' moves of the crew's seven male dancers, who flipped, twisted and bent their bodies to Chaka Khan's Like Sugar.
He was also moved by their story, as they'd turned to dance to deal with growing up in rough areas of the Bronx.
Watching the crew dance, Simon covered his mouth, possibly to hide the delight on his face.
'I've got to be honest with you,' he told the crew when they finished. 'We've seen a lot of dance acts on this show, and I wouldn't say they're my favorite category. But I think something about your energy, from the second you came on, and your determination, is everything.'
'This was, I think, my favorite audition so far,' Simon continued, as the crew's faces lit up. 'I also understand how important this is to you. I want to give you a little head start here.'
He slammed the buzzer as the dancers jumped for joy, hugging each other and weeping, shocked to learn that they'd just earned a pass-through to AGT's live shows.
'You guys are incredible,' Simon told them, walking onstage with the rest of the judges as confetti fell overhead. 'That was fantastic. That was an audition I will never, ever forget.'
The WAFFLE crew called themselves a 'brotherhood,' and explained that they'd all sought refuge from the violence on their streets by spending their days at local dance centers.
WAFFLE was an acronym for We Are Family For Life Entertainment, and they'd all bonded further by dancing on the subway together, where they earned money to help their families.
They vowed that if they won AGT, they would pour money back into their community.