America's Got Talent 2019 Auditions
Joseph put his best foot forward and earned the Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel
21 year old from Texas is a singer/songwriter. He was the youngest of 12 in a blended family. He has won motocross racing. He taught himself how to produce music. He makes a deal with Terry. If he gets the Golden Buzzer, the host will come out and stage and hug him. Well, obviously that’s going to happen, because we’re at the end of the show. Duh. He performs an original song about the world knowing his name. He drops the judges names into the rap part. The song is so fully tailored to the show, with an uplifting message. I guess that’s why he gets the Golden Buzzer. Oh, He cries at the end. It’s all very dramatic. Julianne is crying. So maybe she’ll hit her buzzer. Julianne thinks there is a generation of Millenials putting good out into the world. Simon calls his energy “amazing.” Howie calls his smile “electric.” He says, “Life is a series of moments…..” OK it’s Howie. Howie hits his golden buzzer for Joseph. Terry comes out to give him that hug.
This frightening magician performs with Gabrielle Union and scares judges with insane magic.
Tonight, he will attempt to contact the OTHER SIDE. Mwahahaha. The act involves a creepy doll. Oh noes, He uncovers a rocking chair. It’s haunted! He tells the chair’s story this is obviously totally made up. He convinces Gabrielle to sit in the chair, and he blindfolds her. When he touches the dolls arm…Gabrielle mysteriously raises her arm. Having to do with a sensation? Is it some sort of electronic buzzy thing triggered by the doll? Possibly, Julianne has no idea how that happened. Simon calls him “creepy” and “weird” as a compliment. Gabrielle explains her part of the act, “I got touched a bunch.” 3 yeses probably 4? Gabrielle never says.
Former Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent contestants Light Balance from Ukraine has an offshoot made up of kids. The Light Balance director wants to give the kids of Ukraine hope. Life there is still very hard, he says. It’s a cute act, with dancing to “Another One Bites the Dust.” There is also flying. It’s the usually awe-inspiring creativity we’ve come to expect from Light Balance. Gabrielle calls them “perfect.” Julianne is impressed with their “technicality.” Simon can’t believe the entire troupe is children. 4 yeses
From, Indianapolis, he was born with a “birth defect in my arms” he says. He learned as a young person, if he made the jokes first, others couldn’t. “I used to juggle chainsaws,” he jokes. He wanted to be a wrestler and was going to call himself the “cripple threat.” Also: My mom is Irish, and my dad was a lobster.” He’s a natural on stage. After he gets a standing ovation. Simon wonders why he hasn’t gotten a break. Ryan says he freaks out bookers. Simon says, “They have the disability, not you.” Howie calls him “brilliant, funny, a star…I believe you should be in the finals.” Gabrielle wants to know his tour dates. Julianne calls him the real deal. 4 yeses.
She’s 63 years old and has a 4 octave range. She joined a group at 17, but they broke up. She quit show business to put her children first. Surprise! Y’all think you were getting a straight musical act. She limps off stage (her foot is injured) to “get ready.” When she FINALLY comes back, she’s dressed in a “Victor/Victoria” getup and then proceeds to put that 4 octave range to use. She performs both parts of the “Unforgettable” duet. This sort of thing has been done before. Even on AGT, I’m pretty sure. “I love being surprised” Simon says after giving her a standing ovation. “You’re rad,” says Julianne. “I love it,” says Gabrielle. Howie compliments her range. “I want to say to both of you, it’s a yes,” says Simon – 4 yeses.
These kiddos between the ages of 10-12 are from Canada and are SUPER BEST FRIENDS!!! They all have Spice Girls-like nicknames. They sing an original song about “going to the top together and never letting each other down.” It’s all very Kidz Bop with dance moves and rapping. Julianne loves their female empowerment. Gabrielle has an 11 year old. She calls them “rock stars.” Hoo boy. The crying starts. “You made me feel like a little girl again,” says Howie. – 4 yeses.
The trio’s parents formed a handstand act in Australia. The boys are following in their footsteps. The father used to be part of their act, before he retired a few months ago. The boys strip off their shirts before performing the harder bits. Nobody seems to mind. They pile on top of each other like a man-tower. These dudes are strong. At one point, they perform a configuration that literally looks impossible! How do they keep their balance? You delivered the WOW says Gabrielle. “You tick every single box,” says Simon. Julianne notes how special it is to work with a sibling (Derek!) Howie says, “You did an amazing job.” After receiving their yeses, they incorporate Terry into one last act! He’s really strong too. Check out the pec action. They competed on Arabs Got Talent earlier this year. – 4 yeses
Benicio says nobody in his family has any musical talent. He watches Simon reject a young girl singing “Country Roads.” He claims to perform only at local coffee shops, like he’s never been on TV before. Benicio was the runner-up on The Voice Kids Germany in 2018. He also performed “The Joke” with Brandi Carlile on Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2018.
He’s only 14, I won’t dunk on him for that. He sings “The Joke,” a song he’s performed before. Even with Brandi Carlile herself on Late Night. He’s got great tone and range, and sings with surprising urgency for a tween. Julianne calls him the “entire package.” Gabrielle calls him “incredibly talented.” Howie calls him “amazing.” Simon saw how scared he was, “but you put it together.” Simon compares him to Harry Styles, “You’re a real find.” Yeah. Simon thought so much of Harry back when he auditioned for X Factor UK years ago, that he tossed him into a manufactured boyband. – 4 yeses
The show kicks off with Terry wheeling a suitcase out center stage. Jonathan is inside of it, folded up like a lawn chair! “Are you considered carry on?” quips Howie. He does a bit with 80s music and a toilet seat. Contortionists freak me out, to be honest. Next he pushes himself through a tennis racquet. The crowd goes wild, but it’s really kind of lame? He strips off clothing between each bit, tossing his 80s style headbands out to the judges. It ends with him stripping off his underwear out from his gym shorts. Not impressed. “We all want to see more!” says Gabrielle. “That was like Napoleon Dynamite,” but bendy, says Julianne. Howie calls him memorable. “Talent is about people having a great time,” says Simon. Jonathan has competed on the France Got Talent franchise – 4 yeses.
Benicio says nobody in his family has any musical talent. He watches Simon reject a young girl singing “Country Roads.” He claims to perform only at local coffee shops, like he’s never been on TV before. Benicio was the runner-up on The Voice Kids Germany in 2018. He also performed “The Joke” with Brandi Carlile on Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2018. He’s only 14, I won’t dunk on him for that. He sings “The Joke,” a song he’s performed before. Even with Brandi Carlile herself on Late Night. He’s got great tone and range, and sings with surprising urgency for a tween. Julianne calls him the “entire package.” Gabrielle calls him “incredibly talented.” Howie calls him “amazing.” Simon saw how scared he was, “but you put it together.” Simon compares him to Harry Styles, “You’re a real find.” Yeah. Simon thought so much of Harry back when he auditioned for X Factor UK years ago, that he tossed him into a manufactured boyband. – 4 yeses
Kodie is 22. Mom helps him out on stage. She explains that he is blind and autistic. He loved music early on, and began singing and playing. Music has saved his life, she says. He sits at the piano and performs “A Song for You.” So yeah. He’s a savant. He’s a better piano player than singer. Actually, if he were able bodied, he probably wouldn’t get through the bookers. But he has a nice falsetto. Kodie gets a big ovation. The only question is which judge will hit their golden buzzer, right? Howie calls him a great inspiration and talent. Julianne “feels” his heart and passion. “I heard you and I felt you.” Simon calls it “extraordinary” and his voice “fantastic.” Gabrielle is a new judge and a new mom, so she relates. GABRIELLE RELATES SO MUCH SHE HITS HER GOLDEN BUZZER. Aw. Kodie is jumping up and down, he’s so happy. Kodie goes straight to the live shows.
Brian Miser works along with his wife. He’s been a thrill seeker all of his life. Lucky for him, the wife is a registered nurse. He’s broken 18 bones. At 55, he’s feeling the wear and tear. If he wins, he plans to retire. He lights himself on fire while his wife shoots him out of a catapult. He has bruised ribs right now…after slipping in a puddle.
The act takes place outside of the theater. He will fly 110 feet in the air while lit on fire. I bet this is a two parter. AND YEP. After he’s set on fire and shot off…here comes Haley Reinhart’s car commercial. OK we’re back. He flies through the air, and lands on his back, right where he is supposed to. He’s still on fire, which I am sure is part of the act. Assistants put out the fire with extinguishers. And of course he’s OK. Back inside, Howie calls it “thrilling.” Gabrielle says, “You wowed the audience.” Julianne calls it “ridiculously amazing.” Simon wants to know where he goes next. “Toledo,” he quips. Next time, Simon wants him to jump over something that could eat him. 4 yeses.
Ginzilla – Fabulous and gender fluid. Appeared on X Factor UK 2018 – Ginzilla is from Australia. “I’m a 7 foot ginger bearded glam monster.” OK!
Godzilla’s mother was ‘very strong.” Ginzilla means “absolute freedom” and is the love child of Jessica Rabbit and Chuck Norris. Ginzilla sings “She’s a Lady” in a big booming masculine voice. This is pretty crazy. And funny. Simon will keep this act around for a little while, I suspect. Howie thinks Ginzilla could go “really far.” Julianne sees Ginzilla in Vegas. Simon calls it “fantastic” and acts like he never saw the act before. Hm. “You should get used to this kind of reaction,” says Gabrielle. 4 yeses.
America’s Got Talent season 14 starts tonight ( May 28 ) will be the first of six episodes dedicated to the auditions. Terry Crews replaces Tyra Banks as the host. That special edition of “AGT” marked the farewell appearance for judges Mel B and Heidi Klum, who had been with the show since season 8.
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America's got talent 2019 auditions
Patrizio Ratto – Dancer – Italian guy goes on about studying classical piano and loving Beethoven as a kid. He starts playing a standard classical piece, but then breaks out the crazy moves. He stips off and begins to pop and lock.
I would say that was unexpected, except I had looked him up on the internet a few days so….Yeah, he’s actually a dancer. He ends the performance on one knee playing one last note. Julianne felt he executed his dancing well. Howie felt it was a seamless mixture of disparate art forms. Gabrielle calls him “sexy.” He’s single! “Without people like you, we don’t have a show,” says Simon. – 4 yeses
Liz Chuday – Comedian – For some reason, she’s barking. Julianne hardly wastes time hitting the buzzer.
Purgatory – Dressed in a black beatnik getup, who knows what’s going on. Oh they’re singing “meow meow meow.” Julianne buzzes them right away, and isn’t even nice about it. Simon loves them!
Insta Girl – We only got about a second of that, before Julianne hits the ole buzzer.
Sophie Pecora – 15 – Singing Youtube star – She was a shy child, and started a Youtube channel where she performed her original songs. She’ll be singing a self-penned song tonight. She wants to tour around the world, singing her own songs called “7th Grade.”
Oh. She’s an acoustic rapper. Or whatever that talk/singing thing she’s doing is. It’s a page out of diary. She reminds me a little of the AGT 2016 winner Grace Vanderwaal. She was 12 years old and sang all original songs that were also little slices of tween life. After, she gets a big standing ovation. Gabrielle says “You spoke to me, and I’m 46. You held us all captive.” Howie calls her unique, but really relatable. Julianne calls her music truth, which is why it resonated. Simon likes her “cool” delivery. – 4 yeses
Eric Chien – 26 – Magician – He’s from Houston. As a kid, he loved watching magic on TV. Magic helped him get through tough times. He was drafted by Taiwan into the military. It was hard. He’s aware the winner last year was also a magician, It makes him even more nervous. He’s still getting used to big audiences–only performing for 6 months.
Poor dude is SUPER AWKWARD and obviously nervous. He does card tricks too. Just like Shin. Once he got going, he lost the nerves, and he’s actually pretty good. He does a thing where the backs of the cards magically change color. And cards just freaking disappear into thin air. Also cards turn into coins and vice versa. AND HIS VEST KEPT CHANGING COLORS. That was crazy. Howie likes his sincerity. Gabrielle calls him “magic….you are amazing.” Julianne assures him, he doesn’t have to compare himself to anyone.” Simon calls it “a different level” and “you’re one of the best we’ve ever had.” 4 yeses.
Greg has been waiting for his big break all of his life! He’s doing a Star Wars bit that isn’t very funny. He’s sorta getting the voices down. He also does sound effects. It’s not really an act? The bit comes off more like an audition reel. Which is actually what this probably is. Greg says he wants to do voices for a living. Maybe the exposure will help. The judges are standing for him. AND HE’S CRYING. This is a little weird. Howie can’t believe there isn’t a banner in Vegas with his headline on it. Gabrielle assures him “This is your turn.” Julianne would buy a ticket to his show right now. Simon calls it a “very special moment.” 4 yeses.
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Fan react to America's Got Talent 2019 Auditions
Roxanne Weeden Can’t wait! Yes it’s hard that Heidi and Mel B chose to leave, but I for one am giving the new judges a chance. I love seeing all the great talent
Serena Smith Love Gabrielle Union and Terry Crews as new additions! Both of them are funny, inspiring, and talented!
Stephany A. Lutz I won't miss Mel B or Heidi. I love the new host and think the change up will be refreshing. At least the new judges insights will be based on knowledge or experience with most of the talent. I surely won't miss Mel B saying oh my God 50 times an episode. It's always an enjoyable show regardless of the judges
Sandy Lavasser I miss Nick. He was good as a host. Wish they could have worked out there issues. Mel B And Simon make that judges table funny The way they fight. I wish the judges would have just got different host weekly And let the people judge who would make a great permanent judge. Let the people vote !
Roxane Royal Ballard First that loud-mouth kept showing up on DWT and I learned to “FF” every time she got near the mic!!!! Now-AGT too????? Ugh!!! Of course I’m talking about Julianne Hough. Why did she quit dancing?? At least that was fun to watch. Listening to her is NOT