This summer time, NBC is airing America’s Got Talent contestants’ preliminary auditions for the 4 judges on Season 15 — Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Sofia Vergara. On AGT, the fact sequence which thrusts bizarre residents (who occur to have an incredible expertise) into stardom, the in-house viewers can be recognized for being very vocal of their opinions on new acts. For one latest dancer who tried out for America’s Got Talent, the viewers — and Cowell — went wild. Nonetheless, his fellow decide Klum wasn’t so satisfied. Now, followers are praising Cowell for sticking up for the dancer, a younger lady named Amanda LaCount who’s a robust voice within the physique positivity neighborhood.

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Simon Cowell attends the America’s Acquired Expertise Season 15 Kickoff | Tibrina Hobson/WireImage

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At age 19, Amanda LaCount has achieved extra within the dance trade than a lot of her skilled friends twice her age.

Based on LaCount’s website:

Amanda LaCount is a well-known hip hop dancer, choreographer, mannequin, and influencer. A few of her most notable performances embrace The Ellen Present, Meghan Trainor, Katy Perry, DWTS, The Voice, and her Nationwide Dance Tour Amanda LaCount Reside.

With a whole lot of hundreds of followers on social media, LaCount began a physique positivity motion known as #breakingthestereotype. The skilled dancer — who has carried out with Lizzo, Woman Gaga, and Katy Perry — has impressed a number of younger dancers who don’t match the mould of how a dancer is “supposed” to look.

LaCount just lately competed on season 15 of America’s Acquired Expertise, and the judges had been break up on how they felt concerning the dancer.

‘AGT’ judges break up votes over dance contestant Amanda LaCount

Throughout LaCount’s efficiency to Todrick Corridor’s bop “Nails Hair Hips Heels,” Klum hit the pink X on the dancer. This sparked boos from the viewers. Everybody else within the room — together with Cowell, Vergara, and Mandel, gave LaCount a standing ovation after her routine.

Klum advised LaCount: “I additionally suppose you’re an incredible dancer; I additionally love your spirit, your vibe, your vitality.” Nonetheless, she certified that go with with this: “I simply don’t suppose it’s a million-dollar act.”

Simon Cowell praised on Twitter or talking up for the teenage dancer

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Whereas Cowell has confronted his justifiable share of controversy — for all the pieces from his deep-cutting critiques on American Idol to the discrimination case involving AGT judge Gabrielle Union, however on this case, Cowell spoke up for the best trigger.

LaCount advised the 4 America’s Acquired Expertise judges concerning the bullying and discrimination she had confronted as a younger dancer. Many individuals advised the 19-year-old she was “too massive to bop.” And one studio proprietor advised LaCount’s mom that the younger dancer “didn’t have the best physique sort.” Cowell advised LaCount these folks ought to “shut up.”

He additionally gushed concerning the contestant after LaCount’s efficiency.

“I beloved each minute of the audition,” Cowell advised LaCount, who beamed in response.

“Your pleasure and enthusiasm is so contagious,” the America’s Acquired Expertise decide continued. “Look, that is why now we have our totally different folks one panel. All of us have truthfully, totally different opinions.”

The in-person viewers cheered in response to Cowell’s feedback.

“I’m going to recollect you,” he advised the dancer. “And I’d wish to see the place you might progress.”

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Amanda LaCount at “Giveback Day” in 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Michael Bezjian/Getty Pictures for The Artists Undertaking

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On Twitter, America’s Acquired Expertise viewers praised Cowell for his feedback to LaCount.

“Wow. Fats-shaming a younger woman on #agt,” one fan of the present tweeted in response to Klum’s buzzer. “You’re sufficiently old to know higher! Good for Simon who noticed the dancer’s spirit when all you noticed was her weight.”

Ultimately, LaCount moved on to the following spherical after three yeses from the America’s Acquired Expertise judges.

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