America's Got Talent 2019 Judge Cuts
America's Got Talent 2019 Judge Cuts will air through July 16, 2019 to August 6, 2019. A total of 72 acts will perform. 28 acts, along with 5 Golden Buzzer acts from the auditions, two wildcard acts, and one act that skipped judge cuts, will proceed to the Quarterfinals, and 40 acts will be rejected.
TIME FOR RESULTS. The judges “deliberate.” Always favorite, the staged, fake deliberation.
Moving on to the next round
Emanne Beasha – Jay Leno’s Golden Buzzer
Voices of Service
Light Balance Kids – Ellie’s Golden Buzzer
Greg Morton – Comedian/impressionist
Marcin Patrzalek – Teen Guitar wiz
MaKenzie – Singer
Carmen Carter – Diva singer
Nick and Lindsay – Opera and Knife Throwing
Gonzo – Japanese Tambourine dude
V. Unbeatable – Dwyane Wade’s Golden Buzzer.
Dom Chambers – Musician
G Force – Kid girl group
Robert Finley – Singer/Musician
Bir Khalsa – Wacky danger act
Alex Dowis Light Art Show – Light show
Ryan Niemiller – Comedian
Sophie Pecora – Brad Paisley’s Golden Buzzer
Lukas & Falco
NDLOVU Youth Choir
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13 year old Spanish belter. She has already appeared on numerous talent shows including La Voz Kids Spain in 2015. She had no idea only seven out of 18 singers would go through to the next round. Poor kid. She sings the Leslie Gore classic “You Don’t Own Me.” She growls and belts her way through it in a most precocious way. Jay has a stock comment. Once again he’s “blown away.” Simon appreciates her rawness.
Just six months ago, he was only performing for friends. But now here he is. He does a nifty quarter trick with Jay before taking the stage and pulling quarters out of a flat card. The quarter turns into a silver dollar! His slight of hand is very good. Smart not to use playing cards this week. The comparisons to winner Shin Lim are inevitable. Julianne says he makes her feel “anything is possible.” Howie thinks he upped his game. “I want to fight for you.” Simon believes in magic! Now, if there is a next time, he wants to see something big.
10 year old opera singer won Arabs Got Talent – She brings her stuffed unicorn along for good luck. She sings another familiar song. It’s OK–kind of boring, actually. However, she receives a standing ovation. I’m mystified. Her mother is out in the audience shedding tears. Howie is impressed saying she’s showing the older acts “how it’s done.” Simon calls her talent a gift. Jay calls her “extremely special…” AND THEN HE HITS THE GOLDEN BUZZER. WHYYYYYYY. Jay Leno CONTINUES to suck.
Veteran quartet sing for fellow service members – All four of them suffered traumatic experiences overseas. They use music to help veterans and service members heal.
They sing “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth. They’re good singers, particularly the female lead. Beautiful harmonies and a touching but ultimately feel good back story. Gabrielle calls their voices inspiring and healing. Jay Leno declares them healers. “We really like you guys,” says Simon.
Light Balance Kids – Kid version of Light Balance show – The group is from Ukraine and range in age from 11 to 13. Tweens! The young spokesperson speaks very good English. Once again, the group delivers a fun and energetic performance involvement, involving dance and computer generated effects. It’s an ode to America! It’s standing ovation time. Hm. Julianne says they stepped up the creativity and innovation. Howie likes the kids better than the adults. Simon calls it brilliant. “I think you could be stars,” he says. IT’S COMING IT’S COMING. Hence my earlier “hm.” seriously I wrote that in real time. Ellie muses “If only there was a sure fire way” we could get you to the live show. THERE IS she shouts as she smashes her Golden Buzzer. Awe. The kids are crying their eyes out.
Ansley Burns – She prepared hard for this, so she does not have to sing again. Simon’s fake southern accent (imitating Ansley) is atrocious. Yikes. She’s very perky and personality plus. She could do Disney. Her singing, however is just so so. She performs Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” and it’s flat and yelly. Simon didn’t like the track (again!) Once again, he asks her to sing a’cappella. It’s a little better without the track. Gabrielle says she blew it out of the water. Ellie is impressed by her poise. Simon loves her personality. “I think you’ve got something special,” he says. “Think she’s someone we could help,” he says as an aside.
This time, Marcin will bring a difficult flamenco influenced piece. Aw, He missed his high school graduation ceremony in Poland. His performance is technically impressive and very energetic. It’s the kind of thing that gets a zillion hits on Youtube. But would folks vote for that? Julianne is freaking out. Simon seems less impressed. Gabrielle calls him a rock star. Simon is impressed with the audience reaction. He calls Marcin one of the best he’s ever heard. Ellie calls him a virtuoso, and is impressed he can excite a crowd with a single instrument. Julianne thinks he has a shot to win. Hm. No.
He’s bringing “traditional Japanese karate moves” into the act. OK then. Gonzo, who appeared on a recent season of Britain’s Got Talent, has a translator with him. So…more wacky tamborine including chop chop karate moves. Sort of. Talk about boring. The tambourine is attached to him like a yo yo. He fakes tossing it out to the audience. This act is very limited, to say the least. Julianne says he woke everyone up. Howie loves his death stare. Gabrielle does not think it was a step up. She misses his nakedness. So of course, he strips. Simon puts an end to that. Simon asks the audience what they think. They cheer coughproducerpromptedcough. Simon clams to love it, but I don’t think that act will advance.
When he plays, GONZO and his tambourine become ONE.
He’s 60 year old impressionist. He still dreams of a Vegas show. His journey in show business has been difficult. He’s driving around Universal studios and behaving as if he’s never been there. RIGHT. He promises to go “full on.” This includes sharing some of his favorite movie moments. He imitates moments from Jurassic Park, Good Morning VIetnam, Back to the Future, ET and more. He is a very good impressionist. He should be doing voice work, to be honest. He receives a standing ovation. Did Greg really not know Howie was in Gremlins? Ellie calls it “brilliant.” Simon says it brings him back to the origins of AGT. “You deserves this opportunity,” he says.
Carmen Carter – Former DWTS and Background singer – She had dreams of being a star, but couldn’t climb to the next level. Background work has been profitable, but she longs to be a solo singer. She sings “Come Together” by The Beatles and gets the crowd involved right away. She has an incredibly strong voice with an impressive range. But she’s a bit generic? And it this point, the big voice diva thing is considered old fashioned. If she could fit the gospel niche, she might find a home there. Big standing ovation for Carmen. Ellie calls it “unbelievable…you felt it in your heart and soul.” Simon says it wasn’t perfect, and she can’t keep doing cover songs. What? Howie is equally subdued. She’s obviously not going through.
V.Unbeatable from Mumbai, India honors their late friend Vikas with an unbelievable, golden buzzer-worthy performance.
Crazy good dance/tumbling team from India. The young men on the crew come from challenging circumstances. Oh no. One of their crew got hurt and eventually died. “We are doing all this for him,” they say. This group is a terrific mix of hip hop dance and danger tumbling. THey perform with precision. The last it has a young one jumping off a chair held high atop a pyramid. It’s crazy. They get a standing ovation. Julianne calls them powerful. She loves the combination of dance and acrobats. Simon loves their enthusiasm. “We need you,” he says. Dwayne’s heart is beating so hard, he asks Gabrielle to feel it. I KNEW IT! Dwayne chooses V. Unbeatable as his GOLDEN BUZZER.
Ryan is the happiest when he's on stage and the judges could sense it!
A birth defect left him without hands. The judges LOVED his audition, which was centered upon his disability. Oh. He grew up in a trailer park with an alcoholic dad. And, he sleep in his car. He and his dad loved baseball and stand up comedy. The day his dad died, he went to a gig. He wishes Dad was here to see his dream come true. He tells more disability jokes. Ha. He mocks people who come up with stupid questions. And drive-thru challenges! This is actually funnier than the first time. He gets a well deserved standing ovation. Howie loves him so much. “You deserve a spot on this show.” Dwyane says, “I could listen to you all day.” Simon could sense his joy and confidence.
The 65-year-old singer may have lost his physical sight, but he can see his true destiny.
Sixty-five year old Vietnam vet, his sight began deteriorating four years ago. He’s now legally blind. His daughter gave up her career to manage him. And actually, he has had some success, recently, although he spent most of his life raising a family. He’ll sing another original song. This song is called “Medicine Woman” and is actually reminiscent…of another song. I can’t put my finger on it at the moment. I thought his audition song was better, but it’s a total 60/70’s jam. His voice is powerful and full of feeling. Howie calls him “Authentic.” Gabrielle, “You came to go to the finals,” she said. Dwyane wants to adopt him. Simon says, that he “once left a show” coughamericanidolcough because of the 29 year old age limit. THAT’S A TOTAL LIE. He left because he wanted to launch X Factor, a show he OWNED.
Wizards, unicorns, and battles, oh my! Verba Shadow tells a story of magical wizards through the art of shadow dance!
Alex Dowis inspired us all by painting the first moon landing in the dark! An American dream is created with this glowing performance.
Viewers weren’t shown the full audition, but we see Simon saying no to 3 yeses last time. Alex promises to tell a clear story this time. Ha ha. He’s from Eastern Europe, but goes full blown Patriotic America. He draws President Kennedy, and then we see a rocket lift off before Alex draws the world. A rocket appears and lands on the moon. The story is clear. He draws an astronaut with a flag, and then the big “mankind” speech. The episode was timed perfectly with the 50th anniversary. Dwayne calls him an “amazing” story teller. Alex is honest when asked why he chose the story. “Simon” he says simply. Ha ha. Luckily, Simon approves. “I got goose bumps on my goose bumps.”
Simon pulled the “come back with a different song” shtick on him. And Lamont wasn’t pleased, initially. He did it finally, and Simon was pleased. Lamont plays it smart. Simon called him boring last time when he picked a typical song. This time, Lamont flips Pink’s “Walk Me Home” into a bluesy acoustic number. Julianne feels his voice isn’t filling the space. What? Gabrielle felt his performance had a lot of heart. Dwayne calls his voice “unassuming.” He thinks Lamont could take it to another level. Simon likes him and his voice, but felt the performance left me with nothing.” Huh. I’m surprised. “I don’t think I’m going to be fighting for you in the end. Howie disagrees. Lamont, says rightly, “maybe I should have stuck to my guns.” I thought the performance was pretty good. He’s got an unusual tone. I get the feeling Simon was just using him to create a couple of TV moments, which sucks. But that’s typical Simon.
Last time, he made beers appear and disappear. Oh. He’s moved up to cocktails. He takes the judges cocktail orders–they pick it off of a clip board. He uses the iPhone “Siri” as an assistant. She does jokes! And he pulls a card right out of the phone. She makes drinks too. This is pretty clever. Dwyane is on his feet. “This is the best magic I’ve ever seen,” he calls it “cool” and “innovative.” Gabrielle calls him “pure magic.” Simon felt it was not as dynamic as the first audition.
The kiddos shout affirmations to themselves. Last time, Simon felt they lacked authenticity. This time, they chose songs that are a “little more personal”–and original song called “Simon says.” They want to be the next One Direction. If they could lose the pageant vibes, they’d be better. Maybe in a few years. Ha I wonder who wrote this song for them. It’s a cute song that tells him off more or less. Also, they express their fears about their future on the show. Gabrielle loved them even more this time. Dwyane loves their swag and confidence. Howie thinks their adorable, but couldn’t understand the words. He liked the first performance better. Simon calls it a “way way better audition than the first time.” He warns there’s a lot of competition. So that’s a no.
The group is made up of disadvantaged youth from South Africa. They love their leader, who has made them believe in themselves. They love America a lot! They love hot dogs! The leader, who is white, notes they would have been arrested in apartheid South Africa. This is one of the best choirs to ever appear on AGT. They singing and choreography is superior. And their energy is so infectious. Julianne is impressed by their unity and collective-ness. Brad calls it beautiful and effortless. Gabrielle loves everything they represent. “Pure magic,” she says. If Simon could bottle them, he’d drink it every day. “I don’t think you could have done any more.”
They BARELY made their audition. Their flight from Beirut lost their luggage. They haven’t slept or ate. Their dad is in the audience. Aw. The trio is so strong. The balancing poses look impossible. They waste little time stripping off their shirts. They know what the audience wants. heh. Good lawd. One brother is literally holding up another by his calf muscles. Yikes. Terry concurs that it’s mega hard to do that! The brothers invite their dad on stage. HIS SHIRT IS COMING OFF. Ha ha. One last routine with all four. One brother is standing on another’s a**. They form a crazy family configuration. CRAZY. Gabrielle thanks the airlines for losing their shirts. “You did not disappoint. You upped your game by 100 percent.” Brad says he couldn’t to that with his sons when they were 2 and 4. Simon will never show the audition to his son Eric. He is impressed that they rose in a challenging situation.
He knows his look is “odd.” He sang “Imagine” for his audition. Oh. He’s singing an original this time. It’s called “Something Like Me.” It’s about people judging him over appearance. It’s a decent tune, he sings with passion. This song shows off his range. He’s better than the singer who preceded him, actually. Oh, he’s crying too, as the audience gives him a standing ovation. Brad calls him inspiring. Howie thinks he stepped it up by singing an original song. Julianne urges him to stay who he is. Simon was less excited when he watched his audition back. Singing original changes everything, he says.
He impressed the first time around. This time, he’s performing a routine inspired by his dad, who supported his dream. While staying in a hotel called the Dream Catcher, he dreamed about his dad’s death. Then her learned his dad had pancreatic cancer. He died a month later. He works with a hoop styled like a dream catcher. His dad’s voice from recordings narrate the act. This is different. His presentation, like last time, is elegant and artistic. Unsurprisingly, Matthew receives a standing ovation. Brad calls it moving and inspiring. Gabrielle says we’re watching him literally make his dreams come true. Simon confesses that he still talks to his late mom and dad. He thinks the act is worthy of headlining the main show.
Hoop artist Matthew Richardson delivers a heart-wrenching performance to honor his late father who died of pancreatic cancer.
Fifteen year old calls herself “shy” but she’s actually a big Youtube influencer. She writes her own songs. During her audition, she impressed the judges with a talky rap thing. She calls the song she’s about to sing “the most personal out of all of them.” It’s about wanting to be along “Everything makes me so angry sometimes.” TEEN ANGST. She raps part of the song again. Her vibe reminds me a little of American Idol’s Catie Turner. but not as good, frankly. She gets a standing ovation for that. It was smart to bare her soul. “You just reached into our heats and snatched it out,” says Gabrielle. Simon thinks the song should have ended with “I don’t think about you anymore.” Oh hey Simon. Mansplain her feelings why don’t you. He claims he’s speaking as a father, and he means well. But still. Brad loved the line “Misfits have powers that are pretty rad.” Brad thinks she schooled so many people in the moment AND OH HECK SHE’S HIS GOLDEN BUZZER. Sophie is speechless. Dad is wiping away tears.
Acrobatic duo from Budapest – We didn’t see their full audition, but apparently, Howie said no, calling it “wonky.” They work in their air with harnesses and grips. Oy. He holds up the girl by her hair and then drops her. She lands like a cat. Yeah, they meant to do that. The lady wants to hold Howie in his teeth. She pulls him high in the air. He’s freaking out. Heh. Howie will fight for them, if they promise not to use them in their act. Brad calls it “amazing.” Simon loved the danger.
WHAT just happened?! Not only did Duo Togni breaks boundaries with this act, the aerial duo flew in the air via pulled hair and clenched TEETH!
Mysterion and Steffi Kay from The Sentimentalists return to win over the judges one more time!
Howie didn’t care for this act either. But they convinced Simon with one last trick. Steffie guesses that Brad chose a red marble out of a box. He becomes tonight’s volunteer. Brad is thinking of a photo from his phone. She guesses it’s a photo of a guitar and she’s correct. Brad is handed a piece of paper, which not only guesses the colors of the judges marbles, but also Brad’s guitar photo. Brad promises that he didn’t know a thing, “You aren’t getting anywhere near my wallet.” Howie is still not impressed, he doesn’t care for the presentation. Julianne promises to fight for them.
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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.
The quartet has been working hard to up their game, they say. They plan to take everybody to “the nightclub.” The perfectly imitate a club DJ, and it’s really canny? Where’s the turntable? Don’t need one. They do a clever rap about AGT. Inhuman sounds are emanating from this group. It’s impressive. The crowd is on their feet. Howie reminds people at home there is no track. Brad says their busting down doors. Simon thought the act only had a great ending. “I’m not sure that…will go viral they way it could.” Gabrielle and Julianne disagree. Both think they should have a chance to go through.
Andy Rowell – Viral “Tequila” karaoke guy – This time the song is “Turn Down for What” and it’s incredibly lame. Why is he wasting our time?
The Orange Magician – He wasn’t featured in the auditions either. He has a catchphrase “It’s good.” Brad asks, “How’s my music?” Hardy har har. He does some quick change stuff first. He’s annoying, but not without talent. I don’t care for the broad talent, but he is creative. Kids would love this. “I love the act, but you are so annoying when you talk,” says Simon. Brad calls it an allegory to Game of Thrones. Ha ha. “My little kids would flip out over this,” he says. Howie likes that he fits into a lot of categories.
Dog Act – Doggo Falco loves humans! He’s a cutie, but turning 10 soon and ready to retire. Aw. Lukas is 23 years old. Smartly, he decides to craft their routine around Simon’s favorite movie, The Greatest Showman. Lukas is dressed up in a circus outfit, he incorporates a cane and big colorful balls and barrels to execute the tricks. Lukas has his own tricks! He Juggles and tumbles. Simon can’t keep the grin off his face. He gives them a standing ovation. The tricks are ordinary, but that dang pupper is adorable. Brad notes it was smart to tailor the act to Simon. Howie mentions how Lucas had a bunch of tricks too. Gabrielle thinks they improved from the first time. Gabrielle calls his essence “special” and he deserves to be here. Simon thinks the Greatest Showman 2 should be made with dogs, adding Lukas couldn’t have done more. He plans to fight for the act.
America's Got Talent 2019 Judge Cuts: Process
The Judge Cuts round returned for its fifth year.
Serving as the middle round between the auditions and the live shows, TBA acts were pulled from the 100+ acts that were accepted by the judges in the Auditions. The Judge Cuts took place over four days; each day, TBA acts performed with only 7 moving on to the Quarterfinals.
Joining the main judging panel were four guest judges. While each regular judge was given a normal buzzer, each guest had only a Golden Buzzer he or she could press to send an act to the live shows without further deliberation as one of the 7 acts.