“Joining my wife as a guest judge on America’s Got Talent was such an incredible experience,” Wade, 37, tells PEOPLE of working with Union, whom he married in August 2014. (They welcomed daughter Kaavia in November 2018.)
“Watching Gabrielle change people’s lives and make dreams come true was very special,” the former athlete adds.
Wade also got some help with deciding his Golden Buzzer choice from Union’s fellow judges Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough and Howie Mandel as well as host Terry Crews.
“I hope my Golden Buzzer moment inspires others to never give up on their dreams,” Wade says.
In her first season as an AGT judge, Union already made an impact on one lucky contestant’s life, bestowing her Golden Buzzer to 22-year-old singer Kodi Lee, who is blind and has autism.
“For me, whoever I’m going to ultimately be rooting for, whether that was my Golden Buzzer or just acts, I want to remember you beyond the day,” she previously told PEOPLE. “There are some acts that are so special that I say, I want to fall in love. Not just with your ability but with you as a person and root for you, care about you.”
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Union added, “To me, that’s what makes a superstar. You can’t just be talented, the world is filled with just talented people. I got to care about the whole operation.”
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.