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North Texas Drone Show Earns Golden Buzzer On America's Got Talent

Sky Elements' 1,000-drone spectacle made AGT history
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Sky Elements, a North Texas drone company, rocketed into the spotlight on America's Got Talent (AGT) this week, earning a history-making second golden buzzer for their stunning performance by judge Simon Cowell. The second week of season 19 saw Sky Elements take the stage with a dazzling display of 1,000 drones, captivating both the judges and the audience.

The company, founded by college best friends Preston Ward and Brian Geck, has a rich history of innovation in large-scale light shows. They started with synchronized Christmas light displays, then transitioned to pyrotechnics and fireworks, before finally settling on the captivating world of drone shows. Their current team, comprised of pilots, animators, logisticians and more, came together to create the 400-foot tall, 300-foot wide spectacle that landed them the coveted Golden Buzzer.

The performance itself was a mesmerizing journey through the moon landing. In perfect sync with the music, the drones depicted a rocket launch, a lunar touchdown and even a spacewalk. And for a surprising twist, the astronaut conducting the spacewalk was none other than Cowell himself.

“It took countless hours of planning, designing, developing, animating, troubleshooting, regulatory compliance and day of execution to create the show,” Sky Elements Drones said in a social media post. “We are even more excited for you to see some of the faces behind what makes Sky Elements great, from the business development team to logistics to animation- their story and work will be told tonight.”

The golden buzzer is the ultimate honor on AGT, sending the act straight to the live shows. "Sky Elements will forever cherish receiving the first DOUBLE Golden Buzzer from the show's creator himself," reads an official statement on their website, referring to Cowell's unprecedented second press of the buzzer that night. This propels Sky Elements towards the live shows later this summer, where they'll have the chance to wow the audience once again.

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