America’s Got Talent 2019 Emerald Belles Auditon
Emerald Belles – Teen “high kick” dance team – These gals are from Texas. We see them get an American Idol like homecoming. The mayor or whoever mock Howie for dissing the group (he compared them unfavorably to the Rockettes). Ha. They do their thing-dancing with extreme precision. The high kicks never stop. The girls end the routine dropping into painful looking splits. “You guys killed it!” says Gabrielle. Howie says the production elevated their performance, “You blew the roof off…spectacular.” Julianne thinks they stepped it up. “You’re better together.” Simon says they define what AGT is all about–hard work and ambition. He ask Howie to apologize. He stands up and bows.
They are high schoolers from Texas. Last time, Howie compared them unfavorably to the Rockettes. It wasn’t really a fair comparison. The girls are ready to prove him wrong. There are SO MANY OF THEM and they manage to stay in sync. That in itself is impressive. They incorporate a little bit of ballet into the routine, and then end with a split. “Somebody’s in it to win it!” says Simon. Julianne is impressed, but feels it still has a bit of a “high school element.” Simon meows. C’mon, Julianne knows what she’s talking about. She advises them to up their fame. Gabrielle thinks they are worth fighting for. Howie still doesn’t think it’s enough to move on to the next level. Simon encourages the audience to boo. The girls get all giggly in front of Brad. “Howie can suck it,” he says. Simon thought their personalities made the performance. He’ll be fighting for them, along with Gabrielle.
Locals who have been to a Carroll Dragons football game have likely seen it the during halftime show. The dancers, adorned in sparkling skirted uniforms and sequined white cowgirl hats, spend 2 to 3 minutes high-kicking their way across the field, making innumerable different shapes. Once the finale comes, they jump and spend a moment suspended mid-air as a solid unit before landing in splits on the field. The crowd goes wild.
The team members are high school students ages 14-18. The girls are VERY CHIRPY!!! And there are like…hundreds of them crawling out of the woodwork. It’s the attack of the high steppers. Major props on the music choice–Blue Monday by New Order–awesome 80s new wave. Their precision is spot on. So many of them moving like one. Some of the formations they make are downright creepy-crawly. The choreography is creative. Gabrielle says “You brought it.” (she starred in Bring it On a cheerleading movie). Julianne compliments their cohesiveness. Howie compares them unfavorably to the Rockettes. Hm. This troupe is very different. Howie says no. The crowd boos. But the rest say yes. Finally, there is some dissension on this panel. – 1 no 3 yeses