America’s Got Talent 2019 Recap: Semifinals 1 Performance Videos

America’s Got Talent 2019 

The America’s Got Talent 2019 finale airs tonight and Wednesday September 18 on NBC. The Top 10 will perform for the judges Howie MandelGabrielle UnionJulianne Hough and Simon Cowell one last time on Tuesday before host Terry Crews crowns a winner on Wednesday. 

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Top 5

5. Voices of Service

  • Ryan Niemiller
  • V. Unbeatable
  • Kodi Lee
  • Detroit Youth Choir

Eliminated

  • Benicio Bryant
  • Emmane Beasha
  • Ndlovu Youth Choir
  • Light Balance Kids
  • Tyler Butler-Figueroa

Kodi Lee – Blind/autistic singer/pianist – Gabrielle Union’s Golden Buzzer – Kodi insists auditioning for AGT was his idea. He hears music in his head. He speaks to the people he loves through his music because it’s difficult to express himself otherwise. “My family is always there for me,” he says.

“My dreams are coming true.” It takes him a few seconds to begin his cover of  ” “. The song is in his vocal range. Sometimes Kodi strains on the high notes.It’s a pretty and simple performance. When he does deliver a high note, it’s clean. Hm. That may have won him the show. The audience is chanting for him! She says, “Kodi has changed the world,” she says. Howie thinks Kodi will “walk out of here with a million.” Julianne thanks him for creating beautiful moments. “That was as good as I’ve ever heard,” says Simon. 

Ndlovu Youth Choir  – Youth choir hales from South Africa – For the group’s last performance, they cover Toto’s “Africa.” Which is interesting. Ever read those lyrics? The song is a look at the country from a blinkered white guy’s point of view. Heh. But why not give the song some authenticity? It’s a good thing. This group continues to deliver great vocal performances with verve and energy. I’m glad they got the pimp spot. Simon says they ended the “best finale I have ever sat on.” He also calls it their best performance. “If you can dream it you can dream it,” says Julianne. Gabrielle calls them the pride of America and Africa. Howie shouts “What a finale, vote!” after comparing the choir leader to Neil Patrick Harris. 

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Benicio Bryant – Teen singer competed on The Voice Kids Germany recently – He was one year old when America’s Got Talent premiered. He’s been watching it every year and has dreamed of winning it. He turned 15 this week. His voice sounds tired this week–a little strained. I wonder if he’s sick. At this point of the competition, he needs a dramatic moment, which this song does not provide. Julianne calls him a star, able to hold the stage without bells and whistles. She thinks he can win. Simon respects how he presented an original song without gimmicks. Howie also thinks Benicio can win. Simon hits his button for some weird reason. 

Tyler Butler-Figueroa  – Young violinist battled Leukemia – Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer – Tyler tears up as he watches good luck messages from fellow cancer survivors. He performs Destiny Child’s “I’m a Survivor. He’s had better performances, I think. Or maybe at this point, there is nowhere to take this act and I’m a little bored. It’s nice that he inspires other kids, though. Simon is bursting with pride. Beyonce personally cleared the song for Tyler, Simon reveals. “You’ve got a shot here,” he says. Howie is also proud, and inspired. Gabrielle believes he saved the best for last. 

Light Balance Kids  – One of the members got sick before their audition. He went to the hospital, but even practiced there. They don’t give up! The kiddos funk it up this week with a fast food theme. Ha A pizza box comes to life and chases the kids around the stage and bites them. Now, they’ve turned into dancing fries and hamburgers. Cute.  

The french fry shoots fireworks. Entertaining, clear story from the group this week. Julianne calls it creative and innovative. Gabrielle admires their commitment and focus. Simon felt they pulled out their best performance when it mattered. “Fun, cool and relevant,” he says. Howie calls it an immersive, fun Vegas act. “The entire act was gluten free!” How about those hamburger buns, though. 

Voices of Service  – Singing quartet made up of active duty/vets – They read letters from struggling vets, relatives of vets who struggled who found some peace in their performances. It’s very moving. The group sings a religious hymn. I like them better singing pop songs. It’s that “footprints in the sand” song, and it’s sappy. But there is no denying their incredible voices and beautiful harmonies. Howie says they are changing lives, “It’s so important and powerful.” Howie asks America to vote. Gabrielle calls them “instruments of feeling.” Julianne says the group brings people hope and joy. Simon thinks they’ve had two incredible weeks. He thinks they have a chance to win. Hm. Probably not. 

Ryan Niemiller – Birth defect left this comedian without hands – He and his family grew up in a trailer. Winning  1 million would mean a lot to them. “I hear the camera adds 10 fingers,” he says. Heh. Oh gosh. These jokes are funny tonight. “I got tennis elbow from fist bumping so much.” Folks avoid shaking his hand.  This is such a painful story, yet I’m laughing. It’s because he tells a his true story without any self-pity.”If you don’t vote for me tonight, it’s technically a hate crime.” Seriously, his funniest yet. Simon thinks he could star in a movie or TV show. He pleads his case with casting folks! Howie says he has an amazing heart, “I want you to be a star, you are a star.” Gabrielle offers to cast him in one of HER movies. Julianne calls it an honor to watch him. I hope he at least makes to Top 5. 

Emanne Beasha  – Young opera singer – Emmane turns 11 years old TOMORROW. What a way to spend her special day! The combination of performing third and needing the judges to save her last week means she has no chance of winning this thing or even coming close.

It’s another nice performance from a young, undeveloped singer. Maybe someday, after years of training, she’ll be a great opera singer. Julianne calls it “otherworldly” and calls her a perfect angel. The judges are bathed in smoke! Ha. Simon compares her to an Olympic star and calls her talent incredible. Howie notes that she’s a BTS fan. We needed that info. Or not. Gabrielle calls her blessing and an angel. 

Ryan Niemiller – Birth defect left this comedian without hands – He and his family grew up in a trailer. Winning  1 million would mean a lot to them. “I hear the camera adds 10 fingers,” he says. Heh. Oh gosh. These jokes are funny tonight. “I got tennis elbow from fist bumping so much.” Folks avoid shaking his hand.  

This is such a painful story, yet I’m laughing. It’s because he tells a his true story without any self-pity.”If you don’t vote for me tonight, it’s technically a hate crime.” Seriously, his funniest yet. Simon thinks he could star in a movie or TV show. He pleads his case with casting folks! Howie says he has an amazing heart, “I want you to be a star, you are a star.” Gabrielle offers to cast him in one of HER movies. Julianne calls it an honor to watch him. I hope he at least makes to Top 5. 

Detroit Youth Choir – Choir made up of underprivileged kids – Terry Crews Golden Buzzer – Tonight, they sing “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Tonight they group has added rapping to up the ante. Don’t think it’s a good idea for rapping to take the place of lead singers though.

The background singing is better than all the leads. Again, the group is a high caliber school choir, but they don’t belong on AGT. Well, they got a death spot. It’s hard to imagine them making the Top 5. The crowd is going nuts. Gabrielle has to shout her thoughts. “You guys shine so bright on that stage.” The kids are crying.

Gabrielle loves that they all had specific moments. Simon doesn’t see a choir, but a group of individuals who have worked hard. “You have meant so much to us…this is going to be such a touch competition tonight,” he says. “I feel like I’m attending the Simon Cowell day care center,” says Howie. That wasn’t meant as a diss. 

America’s Got Talent 2019 Finals V. Unbeatable  – Dance/Tumblers from India – The group tells the story of losing their founder to a terrible accident while rehearsing. The V. in their name is a tribute to him, Vikas. They say they never perform without his name on their back. Whoo. Now the boys are jumping off of balconies! DON’T DIE GUYS. The set

is made up of a series of blocks, The routine is full of intricate tumbling and crazy dance moves.

 The last move has a young one literally thrown off the highest block. IT’S CRAZY. Covered in streamers, the judges are on their feet. Howie calls them dangerous and exciting. He says “V for Victory!” Gabrielle calls it “Unfeaking believable. You guys killed that performance.” Julianne says they are everything a dance crew needs to be.” Simon calls it a “golden buzzer” performance. He calls them “game changers.”

Light Balance Kids  – Light and Dance group from Ukraine – One of the members got sick before their audition. He went to the hospital, but even practiced there. They don’t give up! The kiddos funk it up this week with a fast food theme. Ha A pizza box comes to life and chases the kids around the stage and bites them. Now, they’ve turned into dancing fries and hamburgers. Cute.  The french fry shoots fireworks. Entertaining, clear story from the group this week. Julianne calls it creative and innovative. Gabrielle admires their commitment and focus. Simon felt they pulled out their best performance when it mattered. “Fun, cool and relevant,” he says. Howie calls it an immersive, fun Vegas act. “The entire act was gluten free!” How about those hamburger buns, though. 

Voices of Service  – Singing quartet made up of active duty/vets – They read letters from struggling vets, relatives of vets who struggled who found some peace in their performances. It’s very moving. The group sings a religious hymn. I like them better singing pop songs. It’s that “footprints in the sand” song, and it’s sappy. But there is no denying their incredible voices and beautiful harmonies. Howie says they are changing lives, “It’s so important and powerful.” Howie asks America to vote. Gabrielle calls them “instruments of feeling.” Julianne says the group brings people hope and joy. Simon thinks they’ve had two incredible weeks. He thinks they have a chance to win. Hm. Probably not. 

Ryan Niemiller – Birth defect left this comedian without hands – He and his family grew up in a trailer. Winning  1 million would mean a lot to them. “I hear the camera adds 10 fingers,” he says. Heh. Oh gosh. These jokes are funny tonight. “I got tennis elbow from fist bumping so much.” Folks avoid shaking his hand.  This is such a painful story, yet I’m laughing. It’s because he tells a his true story without any self-pity.”If you don’t vote for me tonight, it’s technically a hate crime.” Seriously, his funniest yet. Simon thinks he could star in a movie or TV show. He pleads his case with casting folks! Howie says he has an amazing heart, “I want you to be a star, you are a star.” Gabrielle offers to cast him in one of HER movies. Julianne calls it an honor to watch him. I hope he at least makes to Top 5. 

Emanne Beasha  – Young opera singer – Emmane turns 11 years old TOMORROW. What a way to spend her special day! The combination of performing third and needing the judges to save her last week means she has no chance of winning this thing or even coming close.

It’s another nice performance from a young, undeveloped singer. Maybe someday, after years of training, she’ll be a great opera singer. Julianne calls it “otherworldly” and calls her a perfect angel. The judges are bathed in smoke! Ha. Simon compares her to an Olympic star and calls her talent incredible. Howie notes that she’s a BTS fan. We needed that info. Or not. Gabrielle calls her blessing and an angel. 

Detroit Youth Choir – Choir made up of underprivileged kids – Terry Crews Golden Buzzer – Tonight, they sing “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Tonight they group has added rapping to up the ante. Don’t think it’s a good idea for rapping to take the place of lead singers though. The background singing is better than all the leads. Again, the group is a high caliber school choir, but they don’t belong on AGT.

SIX contestants will be eliminated. FIVE will advance to the finals. The fourth, fifth and sixth place acts will vie for the fan voted “Dunkin Save.” In addition, the judges panel will also save a contestant.

Time to announce the 3 acts in danger. Alex Dowis, Emmane Beasha and Ryan Niemiller. WHAT RYAN NIEMILLER ARE YOU KIDDING ME.  Howie says his jaw is on his desk, He doesn’t name names, but I’m sure he’s talking about Emmane and Ryan when he says he pegged TWO of the bottom for the finals, perhaps even the win. 

Dunkin has been running a design cup contest. The winner is here, so are the new cups. 

V. Unbeatable, Chris Clafford and Dom Chambers take the stage. America has voted. The first act going through to the finals is….V. Unbeatable! Dom Chambers and Chris Klafford are ELIMINATED.

Results: Lukas & Falco, Marcin P and Detroit Youth Choir step forward.  America has voted. The next act going into the finals is…Detroit Youth Choir. Sigh. Marcin deserved a spot. Two youth choirs in the finals? C’mon. 

Results: Luke Islam and Voices of Service step forward. The next act going into the finals is Voices of Service. As it should be! Ugh. Are people in the studio audience chanting USA! USA! USA! Bleh. 

Advancing to Next Week’s Final

V. Unbeatable

Detroit Youth Choir

Voices of Service

Ryan Niemiller – America Saved

Emmane Beasha – Judges Saved

 

ELIMINATED

Dom Chambers
Chris Klafford 
Lukas & Falco
Marcin P. 
Luke Islam

Advancing to the Final

Kodi Lee
Benicio Bryant
Tyler Butler-Figueroa
Light Balance Kids – America Saves
Ndlovu Youth Choir – Judges Save

Eliminated

Greg Morton
Eric Chien
Ansley Burns
Messoudi Brothers
Jackie Fabulous
Robert Finley – Dunkin Save Elimination

Voices of Service – Singing quartet made up of active duty/vets – These vocalists are incredible, singularly and together. The female voice is phenomenal. The song they perform tonight, “Choke” by OneRepublic, about loss and remembrance is the fitting tribute to 911 we needed tonight, to be honest. As veterans, they’ve lived through wars and have dealt with PTSD. They are the real deal. THAT moved me. Simon calls it the best performance of the series. Julianne notes the dynamics of their vocals. “You put your purpose behind your passion,” she says. Queen thinks about her Vietnam vet dad. “I hope to see you in the finals….you are saving and changing lives.” 

Ryan Niemiller  – Birth defect left this comedian without hands – This dude is really funny. But also relatable and likable. He’s truly able to laugh at himself. It’s disarming! See what I did there. Heh. Tonight he’s telling some pretty funny travel jokes. He’s delivering a really hot routine tonight. He’s on fire! He’s a lock for the finals. As well he should be. Howie calls him a very funny talented comedian who deserves to be in the finals. Gabrielle can’t wait until his comedy special. Queen is still laughing. She’s waiting for the movie. Simon feels like he’s taking the audience along on his ride to the final. “You’ve got a shot at winning,” he says. 

Emanne Beasha – Fun fact. Her family is from Jordan. She previously won Arabs Got Talent. But they won’t tell you that. She’s got a Jay Leno unicorn with her, in honor of her golden buzzer patron. I don’t have much more to say about Emanne than I already have. Great Opera singing takes years of training. Not a thing meant for kiddies.

She’s singing an Italian opera version of a Bryan Adams power ballad. Eh. Julianne calls it “profound” She’s about to cry. Geez. Really? Simon calls her vocals “unbelievable, powerhouse.” and calls her “absolutely brilliant.” Gabrielle calls her an “angel on earth.” Queen calls her “unbelievable.” She appreciates her confidence. 

Marcin Patrzalek  – Teen guitarist – Nearly being eliminated last week lit a fire underneath Marcin. He’s an extremely talented guitarist, but it’s not the kind of thing folks connect to. Instrumentals bring no narrative. Technical brilliance isn’t enough on these shows, unfortunately. Marcin performs beautifully once again. He’s been consistent across the weeks. But can he beat a pandering 911 tribute? Probably not, unfortunately. The judges are on their feet! Julianne can see what the future holds for him. “Way to come back!” she says. Gabrielle says “You killed it up there.” Simon calls this performance “a sheep turning into a wolf….this by a mile was your best performance so far.” Gabrielle calls it “tight.” She loves the playing’s percussive elements. Howie hopes America votes him into the finals. So do I!

Alex Dowis  – Light Projection Artist – This time, Alex draws a 911 situation? Firemen appear? There’s a death, then CPR. A trip to heaven? Oh. This is a 911 tribute. Hm. One day before the 18th anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history. This was way too maudlin for my tastes. Also, he used a horrible tragedy to pander for votes. Nope. Nope. Nope. Howie didn’t follow every moment of it. I agree with him. It took me a minute to even figure out what was going on. Gabrielle says “There’s a place here for you.” Queen says, “You take people on a journey.” What you did was remarkable,” says Simon.

Detroit Youth Choir  – Choir – Terry’s Golden Buzzer –  The video package has the choir director watching a clip of the kids thanking him. TEARS. Ndlovu Youth Choir is already in the finals. Will Detroit Youth Choir make it? They sing “High Hopes.” It’s nice. I like what this choir represents. Working with underprivileged youth is noble and worthy of being highlighted, but as singers, these kids are high school level good, but not more. Queen says, “That’s entertainment.” She compliments the director. Gabrielle started off crying and never stopped! “You took us to praise and worship, you took us to a step show!” she gushes. Simon calls it “as good as your first audition.” He adds, ‘We all need a Mr. White in our lives.” He’s still crying from watching the video. “They work so hard,” he says. 

Chris Kläfford  – Singer who won Swedish Idol – Simon didn’t like his last original song. But winning the Dunkin Save gives him courage. He’s going to do it again. Hm…this is an OK song. It sounds dated–like a song that would chart in the aughts? This song gives him few opportunities to show off his sturdy range. His vocal falters at one point. Only Julianne stands. Howie loves him but…he doesn’t love his strategy. He notes that only “Imagine” got the Youtube views. Julianne calls it amazing. ‘I love it!” Gabrielle agrees with Julianne. She loves his originals. Queen is already at the concert! She’s hearing the song produced. She admires his guts. Simon thinks he should have repeated his Judge Cuts song. Hm. That song wasn’t better than last time. Chris barely made it out of the Quarterfinals. I doubt he makes it to the finals. 

Lukas & Falco Delivers Some Of The CUTEST And AMAZING Dog Tricks On AGT

Lukas & Falco – Dog act – WILDCARD – Lukas is texting…with his dog. Oh, the dog is being wined and dined by Hollywood suits. All he has to do is lose the human! This video package is cute. Of course, Falco comes back. Luke loves old school rock. This time, its an auto theme. Ooh. Lukas was trying to coax Falco to do something that he didn’t do? The dog is SOOO CUTE. But not only is this routine a rehash, but there are several mistakes in the routine.  The act is a hot mess tonight. When Falco jumps up on the judges table, he steps on Howie’s buzzer.  Howie loves the dog, but he wasn’t impressed. Simon is such a dog lover, he can’t accept the acts suckitude.  Simon insists that he LOVES Falco even more, despite the mistakes. Because of the mistakes! Spoken like a true stan. Gabrielle agrees. He kept trying! Queen wants to party with Falco. Eh. There’s no way they deserve to advance.

Luke Islam – Julianne’s Golden Buzzer – Of course, the key to touching Simon’s heart is to sing a song from his favorite movie, “The Greatest Showman.” He sings a dramatic version of “Never Enough.” But is it enough? He’s a few years away from being great. There are intonation problems and he’s not quite mature enough to grasp the song’s meaning. He’s still imitative. The judges are on their feet, though. Julianne feels like a “proud mama.” She says he’s a voice for all those people who have “never been enough.” She can’t wait to see him in the finals. Gabrielle calls him a world class talent. Howie is sure he’ll make it to Broadway. Queen compliments him for “being in that moment.” Hm. Simon gets no words.

Dom Chambers Performs New Magic That NO MAGICIAN Has EVER Done Before! 

Dom Chambers  – He is sure that he’s come up with a thing no magician has done before. The beer is back. He’s going to make them disappear this time. He works his way up from small glasses to bottles to MEGA BEER. It’s a giant glass full of the stuff. Terry comes on stage to help. Or not! He just came out on stage to help prove a giant beer is really involved. Before he makes mega beer disappear, Simon guesses a number that magically appears on a white board. Then, Dom slurps the entire beer….eh. I’m not impressed. The act had a few comedic moments, but I’m not blown away. Simon says he brought personality, scale and fun. “This may have put you through to the final. Howie agrees. Julianne loves his interactive story skills, “Thank you for including us.” Queen want to know about his brewski diet. He should have a gut, she says. Gabrielle says he brought it back to what made folks fall in love in the first place.

V. Unbeatable  – Dance/Tumblers from India – The group leader formed a dance group, despite the kids coming from poverty. They taught themselves to dance from Youtube videos, or so they say. This week, the group uses a ladder. And yes it’s scary. The kids climb up to the top and tumble off. AND THE LADDER MOVES AND SWINGS. The kids are stepping it up this week. It’s definitely the most dangerous routine they have performed on the show. Simon will like that! Yup. Thumbs up from him! “Very unbeatable! You guys are in it to win it,” he says. “I think your country are going to be so proud…I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing you..next week.” Queen is blown away. She calls it “on point.”  Julianne assures them, “Dance is for everyone!” She wants to learn from them.

Kodi Lee – Blind/autistic singer/pianist – Gabrielle’s Golden Buzzer – Kodi’s family talk about growing up with an autistic brother. He didn’t like being touched, or express love. But the piano changed everything. He plays in the famed Capitol studios with his family all around. Tonight he performs Calum Scott’s “You are the Reason.” He delivers a good performance this week. His intonation is better than last time. Probably his best performance so far. Gabrielle says, ‘You just keep changing the world…you make the world a thousand percent better.” Simon compliments his special talent. “My breath was taken away.” Sean had tears in his eyes. He calls Kodi a gift. Howie calls him “magic.” 

Teen singer competed on The Voice Kids Germany recently – The 14 year old singer performs another original. He’s been thinking about being a star since he was 10 years old. Benicio needs to work on his enunciation.

Still, he’s the best kid singer in the competition right now. He might have been better off with a cover this week. The song is lackluster. Simon calls it “outstanding” nevertheless. He also calls him relevant. He’s sure he’ll make the final. Julianne agrees she loved the song’s lyrics. Sean is obsessed with him and his talent, and feels he can call him “Benny.” Gabrielle calls him a star. Howie criticized him for singing an original song last week. But he’s changed his mind and proceeds to slather him with compliments, comparing him to Harry Styles and Troye Sivan.

Eric Chien  – Close up magician – The last time, Simon advised Eric to go bigger. Julianne thought he shouldn’t change a thing. What will he do? Close up magic is his THING. But if he works in Vegas, he’ll need to switch it up. Yes, he actually ruminates on this in his video package. He starts off at a table with cards and a map. Eric is taking us on a virtual trip around the world. Is this his idea o going big? I guess so! Julianne is a little confused. That’s not good. Simon was waiting for something “ginormous” didn’t “have a bloody clue” what was going on. Howie calls him a great close up magician. Gabrielle was also confused, but wants him to advance anyway. It wasn’t the least bit confusing. He turned cards into little statues on a map. You could argue that it wasn’t exciting or a step up. But confusing? He did look really nervous on stage. Was that me, or was his hand shaking at times? He’s probably toast, unfortunately.

Light Balance Kids – Light and Dance group from Ukraine – These Ukranian kids went to the beach for the first time! Sadly, the war in their country keeps people from following their dreams. Oh…this comic book vibe is fun to watch. The kiddos are flying superheroes that can stop anything. That was very good storytelling. Simon apologizes for dissing them last time. He loves their hard work and imagination. The act this week was definitely a step up.  Howie can see them in Vegas. Gabrielle says they set the stage on fire. Sean loves the choregraphy and technology. Julianne feels they’ve been better in the past. She didn’t like that the stepped into the Marvel universe. “You are your own brand” she says. 

Robert Finley – Blind R&B singer, also a Vietnam vet – His dad believed the blues was “the devils music” which influenced his decision to put music behind after he returned from Vietnam. Tonight, he’ll be playing the guitar. He’s digging into some old school blues this time, singing “age don’t mean a thing.” Oh man. This is about convincing a younger woman to give him a chance. OK then. His performances are consistent week to week. But maybe he’s wearing a bit thin? Sean calls him hip and cool and belongs in a Tarantino movie. Simon calls him cool and classy. He thought the band was too much, though. Hm. I don’t know if I agree. “It’s not quite the moment I need here.” OK for a minute I thought Simon was going with it. But no. Simon’s done with Robert. Howie says “I know the Jews, but not the blues.” 

Jackie Fabulous – Thirty something comedian – Jackie jokes in front of a “jury” how a donut saved her life last week. Remember, she started as a lawyer. Heh. For that reason, she probably will not advance to the finals. This week, she jokes about being a “fat actress” and a little bit in denial about it. Hm. She’s dipping into the B/C material this week. Howie is laughing, though. He calls her “fabulous.” He finds her funny, and more importantly, authentic. Gabrielle says she delivers every time she hits the stage. “You are really hot!” Sean calls her likable and hilarious. Julianne loves her big energy and essence. “You are hot stuff.” Unsurprisingly, Simon is dissing her. He liked her video clip better than the act. He’s done with Jackie, as well. Admittedly, however, she’s been stronger in the past. 

Greg Morton  – Impressionist does a zillion pop culture voices – His video package recreates kids on a school bus says “YOU CAN’T SIT WITH US.” Yikes. Cartoons got him through his childhood. He won the kids over by performing for them. So this week, he’ll be doing cartoon impressions. Which is fun. He races through the Hannah Barbera and Warner Brothers Oeuvre. It’s Baby Boomer paradise. THIS is why he’s popular. He brings back childhood memories. He can’t lose, even though he really has never presented a cogent act. Oh. He skips to the 80’s doing Simpsons voices. Then jokes that he can’t do Disney voices “COPYRIGHT.” Heh. He ends with the Nickelodeon era.  He imitates a voice that Howie does. Nice touch. Julianne hopes that animators are watching this. “You can do every single voice.” Oops. Simon wasn’t impressed. He calls it “a mess.” Uh. It’s no different than what he’s been doing, all along actually–just comics this time. Only five can go through this week. Simon is done with Greg.

Messoudi Brothers – Trio of beefy hand balancers – Over under on how fast the brothers rip off their shirts. Heh. C’mon, y’all are waiting for that. Admit it. Last time, Simon asked for more danger. They are going to attempt a trick that previously injured a brother. OH HA HA. They don’t even bother wearing shirts. Smart to cut to the chase. They invite Julianne on stage and make her part of the act. Threesome! Ha. She’s already back in her seat. OK when does this get dangerous? I halfway expect Simon to buzz them. I mean ALL OF IT is dangerous, how they balance on top of each other. Then end with a crazy configuration on top of a hydraulic that hoists them into the air and back again. “THANK YOU” says Julianne. “THAT WAS FANTASTIC.” She thinks they upped the ante. Simon feels they took his advice. I’m surprised he’s satisfied, actually. Gabrielle loves their smiles. “You wowed us.” Howie calls it fantastic. Sean is “absolutely blown away.” He says, “everything is bigger.” I bit of a double entendre there!

Tyler Butler-Figueroa  – Young violinist battled Leukemia – Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer – Tonight, Tyler is performing with fellow cancer survivors. He plays “Break Free” while a bunch of his pals cheer him on off stage. This week, he throws in a few dance moves. It’s a ery energetic performance. He’s not really topping himself here, but that probably doesn’t matter. The audience chants his name! Simon calls his story “unbelievable” but also, he’s a great showman and gutsy. “Joy and talent,” Simon says, “I think that’s going to put you in the final. Gabrielle calls him magical and brilliant. Sean is impressed how he moves and plays at the same time. Julianne felt his performance tonight went above and tonight. “You’re greatest trial has become your greatest triumph.” 

Ndlovu Youth Choir  – Youth choir hales from South Africa – They have become rock stars where they are from. Even the president wanted to meet them. Tonight, they sing “Higher Love” with an African beat. The solo singers are very good. Really, they are the best choir to ever compete on AGT, in my opinion. They are so well put together and professional. Better than the Detroit Youth Choir, who sailed into the semifinals easily. However, Ndlovu had to be saved last time–they are fighting an uphill battle at this point.  Gabriele says they delivered a Higher Love to all of us. She calls them inspiring. Julianne says, “You are making waves…what you are doing is global inclusion.” Howie calls the “beautiful.” Howie jokes about Simon’s glasses. Simon calls the performance in a way higher league than anything else they’ve done. “You really deserve a place in the final.” OK then. I expected Simon to bus them.

Ansley Burns  – Singer whom Simon made sing twice–twice) (Quarterfinal Wildcard) – She’s the only Wildcard to survive the Quarterfinals. In her video package, Ansley runs through how Simon kept asking her to sing twice. This week, she’s going to pick her OWN song (apparently friends and family picked the others. Hm). She loves Carrie Underwood, and sings “Cry Pretty.” Eh. Song picks aren’t going to fix Ansley in the short run. She needs time to develop vocally and emotionally. She’s imitating Carrie, all the way down to the way she moves on stage. Julianne is sure America love Ansley Burns. “You are a ray of sunshine,” she says. “America wants to root for you. Maybe the song overpowered her, she says. Sean compares her to Karen Carpenter. UHM NO. Gabrielle loves Ansley. “You are America’s underdog.” Howie thinks the song was too big for her. She needs her own TV show, he says. Simon did not like the staging. But he likes that he’s she’s gutsy and adorable. He asks America to vote based on every performance. Hm. That would mean sending her home…

America’s Got Talent Quarterfinals continue tonight, LIVE from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.  Twelve contestants will perform in front of judges Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell for YOUR votes.  Terry Crews hosts.  Join us as we live blog all the performances.

Moving on to the Semi-finals

Detroit Youth Choir
Emmane Beasha
Eric Chien
Dom Chambers
Benicio Bryant
Jackie Fabulous – Dunkin Save America’s Pick
Marcin Patrzalek – Dunkin Save Judges Pick
Eliminated

Gonzo
Berywam
Matthew Richardson
Mackenzie
Lukas & Falco – Dunkin Save elimination

When it comes right down to it–I don’t want to listen to a little kid singing opera. Yes, I felt the exact same way about Jackie Evancho. I’m not an opera fan, but obviously it’s the experience and training that makes a great singer. A tween can’t cut it. Shouldn’t have to cut it, really. The judges are on their feet. Simon says “You’re on a different planet from everyone else.” He compared it to watching the Olympics. “If you don’t get through, I will eat this judging table.” Julianne calls her an “icon” at 10 years old. Gabrielle says she just created millions of opera fans with her voice. Howie calls her an amazing talent. Hyperbole much? 

Jackie Fabulous – Comic – Her video package, about speed dating, leads to her routine that’s all about dating…white guys. And black dudes who have only dated white girls. Howie is laughing his head off during her routine. She is pretty funny. Gabrielle calls her “absolutely fabulous” and “a star.” Simon says it felt like she belongs here. He “prays” America puts her through. Howie calls her through and authentic. “I think America should vote for you.” he whispers. Julianne also calls her  a star. 

Mackenzie discovered his passion for music in church. Tonight he’s singing “Life on Mars” by David Bowie. Bold song choice. Last time he oversang. So far, it’s a strong, but restrained performance. He hits some big notes, but keeps it cool. Nice job. Simon looks bored. Howie says, “You have an amazing instrument.” But he’s worried America won’t think it’s enough. Gabrielle assures him that he’s enough, “We need America to vote.” Julianne loves his powerful, but subtle voice. However, she didn’t feel connected tonight. Simon only liked the last 20 seconds of the song. Eh. I liked that he didn’t scream his way through the song this time. 

Matthew is back. In his video package, Matthew reveals he’s had two major injuries. Tonight, he’ll do something he hasn’t done before. Tonight’s act involves glitter and water and Matthew’s elegant and athletic moves on his giant hoop. Simon buzzed him? Why? He’s ridiculous. This is beautiful to watch. He ends, taking the hoop high in the air and finally down again. Julianne is on her feet. “You do belong. I think it shows tenacity,” she says. Simon can’t see it going any further. The crowd boos him. Rightfully. Julianne begins arguing with him. Gabrielle calls it “spicy.” Heh. “Jennifer Beals Flashdance realness,” she says. Howie agrees with Simon.

They perform a classical piece, but sped up. This quartet really does take beatboxing to another level. It’s hard to believe there is no additional percussion. This is a very weird performance though. They slip into “Old Town Road,” but perform it like an opera. Odd, but good. Julianne thought it felt more intimate and technical. America may not get it, she says. She’s right. Simon compares them to Marmite– people will either love it or hate it. He’s rooting for them, however. Howie was impressed. “Have you thought of a tambourine.” OK Howie. That’s enough. “Y’all killed it!” says Gabrielle. 

Marcin Patrzalek  – Teen guitar wiz – He’s been writing music since he was 12. He can be inspired by anything! The young musician delivers another jaw dropping performance on the guitar. WATCH HIS FINGERS FLY. Oh my. He should make the final. Gabrielle is blown away. “You are such a rockstar.” Julianne gets up to dance. She can’t help herself! “You create what other creators pull from…artistry at its finest,” she says. Simon thought the song was all over the place, but technically, he’s one of the most talented ever. “Ever thought about the tambourine?” snarks Howie. 

Eric Chien – Magician – He was raised in America, but born in Taiwan. He had to go back for mandatory military service. He couldn’t bring cards with him, so he learned to use found objects, and it helped his creativity immensely.  Julianne will serve as his assistant tonight.

This time, Eric works magic with M & Ms. He creates mini rubiks cubes out of the candy. Julianne mixes up the cubes. Eric sucks them up into a container and they come out…solved of course! And then he turns the cubes back into chocolates. Pretty cool. Howie calls it crazy “Magic melts in your hands, not in your mouth.” He thinks there is room for TWO magicians tonight. Gabrielle was not disappointed, “You raised the level of competition.” Simon thinks Dom was better than Eric. He’s getting bored. Uh oh. Simon just threw him under the bus. “I don’t know how you did that,” says Julianne, who was sitting next to him. Eric promises, if he makes it to the semis, to make the act bigger

In Benicio’s video package, he sings the National Anthem at a Mariners game. His dad is so proud! Tonight, he’s singing another original song. His originals have actually been pretty good. His vocals are high, strong and sweet. He sings with surprising emotion for a young teen. He reminds me a little of that Greyson Chance from a few years ago. Julianne has been waiting for this moment! She calls it “risky.” She thinks he did an “unbelievable” job. Simon says, “I love you…you have a natural talent.” He would have stripped the song down more, though. “You have a great future ahead of you.” Howie didn’t respond to the song. He really doesn’t go for original songs, it seems. Gabrielle calls him a rock star. “You have it.”

Dom Chambers – Magician – His shtick is all about using everyday items. He’s keenly aware that Eric Chien, the close up magician, is big time competition. This week, he will huge BIG pieces. He’s using a screen to create many versions of himself. Oh. He’s doing quick change with a video screen. Terry Crews helps out with the act. The screen, Brady Bunch style, contains photos of various AGT alums. Everyone is supposed to point to a photo after a confusing set of instructions. Apparently, everyone was pointing at Tape Face. And Dom was so sure he was the pick, there’s Tape Face, in the studio in person! Dom also predicted that Simon would NOT stand up.  I’m not sure what happened there, but it seemed sorta cool? Julianne says, “You make magic cool.” Simon says, “I swear to God this was not planned. It was genius. Your best performance by a mile.” Howie says. “You are amazing.” Gabrielle says, “You make people believe.” 

Falco the dog will soon be too old to perform. Lukas is bringing brand new tricks to the act tonight, he says. They perform to Blink 182’s “All The Small Things” in some sort of mushroom patch. Oh! It’s Mario Kart thing. Got it. Falco jumps rope tonight, which is new! Lukas does a mini handstand and they touch feets. It’s a cute act.  The tricks are just OK, but that doggo is so adorable.  Simon loves the dog. “Falco was better than you,” says Simon who compliments Lukas kindness to the dog. Gabrielle says he upped the ante. Julianne agrees “It got 10 times better.” Howie disagrees! He didn’t see new tricks. Simon and Julianne buzz him.  Booooo Howie BOOOOO.

Detroit Youth Choir – Terry Crews Golden Buzzer – Terry gets choked up even thinking about his Golden Buzzer act. The choir exists, says the video package, to give underprivileged kids a voice. They’re singing Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion.” They seem like hard working kids, but the African choir has it going on. Likely only one (if any) will make it to the finals. Standing ovation from the judges and the crowd. “Hallelujah!” says Gabrielle. The crowd is shouting. “You deserve all of it,” she says. Howie compliments the choir director, calling him a hero. Julianne calls them “bigger than AGT. You guys are better when you’re together.” Simon calls them “bloody fantastic” and “better than your first audition.”

The group is from South Africa and have overcome poverty and difficulties on their way to the AGT stage. The sing U2’s “It’s a Beautiful Day.” I’ll say it again. I usually don’t care for the choirs. But this group is so talented, so well rehearsed, so uplifting they are impossible to resist. I hope they make it to the final. Ha. Simon is covered in streamers. “You set the stage on fire,” says Gabrielle. Simon loves their enthusiasm, great song choice. “Everything just clicked.” Julianne says, “You guys come on this show to self-express and show us who we are.” Howie says “You are our winder to the world, you are our sunshine. You inspire, you entertain.”

Light Balance Kids – Blacklight Act – Ellie Kemper’s Golden Buzzer – This offshoot of the popular Light Balance act is entertaining. Ohh. They do a spooky thing in skeleton outfits. It’s cool. But like V. Unbeatable, it’s hard to top what they’ve already done. And these blacklight acts don’t translate well to television. That was not a step up. Gabrielle, however, felt they topped themselves. Julianne gushes, “that was unbelievable.” Oohhh. Simon is gonna tell the truth. “This didn’t have the wow factor…this felt tame compared to your previous performances.” He compares their energy to V. Unbeatable, which is actually unfair. Howie is with the girls. He can’t believe Simon hated the Billie Eilish song. The music was OK. But Simon was right. That was boring.

Tyler Butler-Figueroa – Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer – Tyler was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 4. After three years of chemotherapy, he is in remission. His mom says he spent years in the hospital. Aw. He goes back to the hospital to play violin for the patients. He plays “Don’t You Worry Child” by the Swedish House Mafia. It’s a very energetic performance. No electric violin for Tyler! He goes old school with a wooden instrument. Simon calls him “America’s Golden Buzzer…HASHTAG amazing, inspirational, current…such a great person, such a great talent.” He hopes a big DJ comes on the show if Tyler makes the final. Howie thinks people should vote him though just for overcoming so much. Gabrielle believes he may inspire kids to put down their controllers and pick up an instrument. Julianne calls him an incredible artist and an incredible human being. 

Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer – I barely remember this guy, except as the guy who inexplicably got Howie’s golden buzzer. In his video package, he cries thinking about how far he’s come. He sings an original song, dedicated to his mom. It’s a mixture of rap and singing. Eh. It’s just OK? Howie calls him a shining light. “I could feel the pride shooting over our heads.” Gabrielle loves a vulnerable man, “You put your heart on this stage.” Julianne agrees with Gabrielle. She advises him not to compare himself to anybody. She felt a little apprehension. “Just be you.” Simon thought the best part of his song was his parents’ reaction from the audience, but otherwise, the performance was unremarkable. I agree with Simon, except I thought his audition was also mediocre. Joseph says “the way you treat your mom, is the way you’ll treat your wife.” Well, that will net him some votes.

Acrobatic Dance Troupe – Dwyane Wade’s Golden Buzzer – These boys have been spectacular, but they are in a position now, that it’s tough to top what they’ve done so far. The stagecraft is snazzy, including pyrotechnics. But I don’t think they’ve upped their game from last time.  “Every time we see you guys, you push the boundaries,” he says, “You make every second of those two minutes count.” Julianne says a clap isn’t enough, “You literally raise the game. This is the best performance of the night.” Gabrielle notes they were her husband’s golden buzzer. “It takes a champion to see a champion.” Howie calls it the “best performance I have ever watched.” He’s taking his entire 10 years on AGT. OK. These boys are good, but this praise is a little OT. 

The Sentimentalists – Mentalists – WILDCARD – These two are a fairly mediocre mentalist act, so why bring them back? Tonight, their bit is centered on touch. So of course, they bring Howie on stage. As he tries delicious desserts, the female mentalist guesses what he’s eating. She also guesses that Gabrielle is chewing bubble gum. Eh. She’s probably wearing an earpiece or something. This is boring. Wait. She didn’t guess Julianne’s correctly? I’m confused. This act can’t put together a cohesive bit. Julianne thought the act was sloppy. They have been from the beginning. Simon called it a “total mess.” Yeah. That was bad. 

Ryan Niemiller – Comedian – Ryan was born without arms and hands. He felt sorry for himself at first, but then learned to control his narrative. He played football and was crowned homecoming king in high school. “I wan’t you to vote for me because I’m the funniest person you’ve ever seen.” Tonight, his jokes are about getting in shape and making New Year’s resolutions. Also trailer jokes. His tweeter handle is @CrippleThreat8. Heh. Howie calls him wonderful, memorable, funny, smart. Julianne says he was born to be on the stage. “This is your lane,” she says. Simon says, “You’re born to do this…everything worked.” He believes Ryan will be in the semi-finals. He is a pretty funny dude. Also, his positive attitude is infectious. 

V. Unbeatable – Acrobatic Dance Troupe – Dwyane Wade’s Golden Buzzer –

Robert Finley is finally living his dream by singing his original song on the biggest stage in the world!

 He’s a 65 year old veteran who lost his sight to glaucoma. Tonight, he’ll perform a song about his AGT experience. It’s too bad he didn’t hit back in the 70’s. It would have been his time. His voice oozes classic R&B. Simon looks happy for the first time tonight. The original he’s performing is an upbeat bluesy thing about all the love AGT has “given to me.” Robert’s daughter is singing backups. Gabrielly calls him “a gift to us all.” Howie wonders if the song will connect to young people. Howie is cute. He thinks kids are voting for AGT contestants. Julianne disagrees. “I would like to be baptized into the Robert Finley church. Simon agrees with the girls, “Five thousand people just gave you a standing ovation.” 

She was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance last year. Tonight, she promises to take a “huge risk” and “do something I’ve never done before.” Any moment, I expect an alien to come bursting out of her stomach. She’s at once compelling and creepy with the way she slithers around the stage. Simon buzzed her! She didn’t deserve that. C’mon. It’s true, your average AGT fan will probably not appreciate that. But she’s bold. Simon hated the music, thought it was boring. Wow. He really disses her. She looks pissed. Howie says, “One man’s boredom is another man’s dream. I’m married, I feel like I just cheated.” Gabrielle also loved it. “It was amazing.” Julianne says, “You are so weird, and I love weird.” So that’s 3 against 1. 

Chris won Swedish Idol a few years ago. He comes from a tiny town in Sweden. “Ive been playing in small bars,” says Chris, totally leaving out his stint on Idol and his string of hit songs in Sweden.

Tonight, he sings another original, dedicated to the last moments he spent with his great grandmother. He sings, accompanying himself on guitar, his voice front and center. He’s got an impressive range. His chest voice is powerful. At first, Julianne thought he needed a band. But she changed her mind. Gabrielle agrees with Julianne. But  Simon didn’t feel the emotional connection like he did in the middle rounds. Ha. He’s playing third. Simon really hates these White Guy with Guitar types. Howie agrees with Simon. The song could have been stronger, but Chris managed to sing the heck out of it.  

These two aren’t earning a living as a subpar danger act, unsurprisingly. By day, they run a bed and breakfast in New Orleans. RANDOM! Self-aware enough to know they kinda suck, the two admit they have been practicing A LOT. Oh lord. Nick is performing a really horrible version of “Ring of Fire” as Lindsay wobbles around the stage. She still can’t throw a knife straight. Literally, she misses more than she hits. Put them out of their misery, America. PLEASE. It’s so bad, Simon buzzes them. Oh. Howie buzzes them too. Simon calls his singing “the worst live singing ever.” Gabrielle says, “I loved when you cleaned your toes.” Julianne thought it was so bad, it was good.” Uh. No. “I think you went down in a ring of fire,” says Howie. Apparently she wasn’t wearing underpants the first time says Howie? Or something. Bizarre. 

She’s from Marabella, Spain and has appeared on La Voz Kids Spain in 2015. Her video package features her and sis taking a tour of Hollywood. They drive by Simon Cowell’s house! She sings “Diamonds are Forever,” as song that’s way too old fashioned for her. It gives her the opportunity to show off her range. But YIKES. This performance is a snooze. It’s a teen pretending she’s Shirley Bassey. No bueno. When she finishes, she reverts back to the teen she is, chirping out a “thank you.” A pox on the person who chose that song. “Your talent is so far beyond your years,” Howie says. But he notes that the song choice was “maybe not the best.” Gabrielle calls her voice “amazing.” Julienne compares her to Jessie J. But she wanted to see more of her personality. Simon calls it a terrible terrible terrible song choice. He prays the audience votes for her anyway.

In his video package, his mom talks about learning he was blind at 3 months. Not soon after, he was diagnosed as autistic. Music was the thing that made him really happy. Kodi is Gabrielle’s Golden Buzzer. His audition has had almost half a million views online. His mom sits him at the piano and makes sure he’s ok before Kodi performs “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Oh boy.

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This performance really pulls at the heartstrings. He doesn’t have a great voice–he’s a better piano player. But his delivery is moving nonetheless. No chance Kodi won’t advance to the next round. He could win the whole thing. Gabrielle says, “You changed the world…we have to stop putting limits on our children.” Simon says, “You continually amaze me. We are nothing without people like you.” Paul Simon gave special permission for Kodi to sing the song. However, it’s not true that the song is hardly sung on singing shows.

This 12 year old performer is Julianne Hough’s Golden Buzzer. After his performance, Waitress creator Sara Bareilles tweeted him congratulations.  He sticks to Broadway performing “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen.  He has a very pleasing voice and a ton of potential. He needs to work on a few vocal issues, but he’s only 12. Julianne is so proud. “That voice is undeniable,” she says. Simon compliments his confidence and poise. “You’ve done yourself really proud,” he says. Howie predicts that he’ll be starring on a Broadway stage. 

Messoudi Brothers – Hand Balancers – Uh oh. While they were rehearsing for the live shows, they had an accident. One of the brothers holds a cane. Yikes. The brothers begin stripping right away. They know what the audience wants. OFF COME THE T SHIRTS. They’re upping the ante with a blindfold. Although, I don’t quite get the point? Still, they once again prove their super human strength, forming different configurations. The brother that’s hurt looks to be screaming in pain. Gabrielle calls them “sexy…good job guys.” Julianne feels anxiety watching them. She loves the danger and risk factor. Simon wants something even more dangerous. “a tank full of piranhas.” That would be dumb. 

Voices of Service –  Military Singing group – This group of singers are all veterans/active military members who sing for their fellow military members. In their video package, they visit a military cemetary, waxing poetic about the flag and patriotism. They sing “Fire” by Gavin DeGraw, with a gospel choir backing them up–the military chorus. I don’t like the production. Their four voices are enough. I miss the simplicity of their earlier performances.  Howie salutes them for their service and talent. Simon calls them inspirational. “I think the public are going to vote you into the later round.” Gabrielle calls their voices a blessing for folks who are facing trauma. Julianne says, riffing off a line in the song, “We are one tribe.” 

Ansley Burns – Young Soul Singer – WILDCARD – When she was cut, Ansley cried her eyes out. Now she’s back as a wildcard. Will Simon make her sing again for a THIRD time? Hm. Her first outing featured soul songs. Now she’s chirping along to a classic country song “Swinging.” She’s only 12 years old and performs like she hopes to win a sash in a kid beauty pageant. She has pitch problems!  In a few years she might be ready, but not now. Simon said the internet hated him after he cut her. He admits that he didn’t like the song, but thinks she has a great voice and personality. He calls her a “little fighter.” Julianne says, “never stop believing in yourself.” Howie is thrilled that she’s back, “you make the world smile.”

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Alex Dowis – Blacklight Painter – After communism fell in the czech republic, he learned street art. The blacklight art was the next step. Tonight, he’s painting the history of the world, starting with the Big Bang and dinosaurs. And monkeys! Obvs not a creationist. It ends with a quote from Stephen Hawking. Simon said it felt too much like being in a science museum. He didn’t feel it emotionally. Gabrielle disagrees. “It was mankind, it was beautifully. “If Banksy and Darwin had a child, it would be you. Julianne calls his depiction of the history of time “magical.”

Sophie Peccora – Young singer/Youtube star – Simon is running back to his seat as Terry introduces Sophie. Quit smoking Simon, and you won’t be late! Sophie even sings an original song–complete with flashing lyrics–in her video package. What never gets mentioned is that the 15 year old has a Youtube channel with a kabillion or so followers. On stage, she sings a heartfelt ditty about feeling good in your own skin. She’s like a modern teen beat poet, dropping angsty relatable bit to fellow teens. No wonder she’s popular. Fun fact: She was   Golden Buzzer. Julianne got teary during her video package. “You speak truth,” she says. Howie calls her the most “important thing on this stage so far.” Gabrielle calls her poignant and important. “You are such a rock star,” she says. Simon loves her simplicity, “an immaculate performance…I’m slightly in awe of you.”

Carmen Carter – Diva Belter – Carmen’s parents talk about how she loved to entertain folks, even as a child. They are so proud of her! She performs a creative cover of “Believer” by Imagine Dragons. Performing a contemporary song at this point is risky and smart. She’s playing the leather clad Tina Turner type singer well. She’s actually got swag to go along with those strong vocals.

This song is really easy to bomb, so props to her. She’s effortless tonight, hitting crazy notes flawlessly. For the first time, I am actually impressed. Oh. Howie isn’t standing. Simon was sold on the song choice halfway through. “You made us all believers,” says Gabrielle. “Unforgettable.” Julianne loved the risk, “You put your Carmen twist on it.” Howie didn’t like the song choice. He’s wrong. 

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. 

America’s Got Talent Quarterfinals begin tonight, LIVE from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.  Twelve contestants will perform in front of judges Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell for YOUR votes.  Terry Crews hosts.  Join us as we live blog all the performances.

VOTE for your favorite act via NBC. com, XFinity X1 Voice command, or the AGT Phone app!

GForce – Teen Girl group – These tween girls are from Canada. They dream about being the next big girl group. The action begins in a space age manicure shop. Hm. There’s rapping. Again, this is very pageanty Kidz Bop. But I guess the kiddos would like it? They’re performing an original song that’s all about GIRL POWER y’all. “We’re going to do our own thing! They shout. The performance also includes major choreography. Howie compliments their energy. “I’m filled with girl power, which is weird for a middle aged bald guy.” Gabrielle is proud, “You rocked it.” Julianne loves their individuality. Simon calls them fearless, although he did not like the song. He warns them to bring a better song if they make it. Gabrielle reminds him that HE told them they needed to be in control. I dunno. How many 12 year old girls are actually watching AGT?

Greg Morton – Comedian/impressionist – In his video package, Greg talks about going to the movies as a kid and mimicking the voices. “I got pretty good at it!” He shares that it has been a tough road. He kicks off his performance with some Lion King, followed by a bunch more familiar voices. Greg is a one man nostalgia machine–recreating voices from famous movies of various eras. Can’t help but smile at this! Oh gosh.

He’s even nailing Marlon Brando in the Godfather. He yells at Simon to “She me the money.” Heh. And finishes with Schwarzenegger’s “I’ll be back.”  Gabrielle says he brings everyone back to their childhoods. Julianne is on the edge of her seat. “You are activating our imagination…a true artist.” Simon worried whether he could own the stage–he proved him wrong. It’s a step up, Simon says. “I hope the audience shows you the money with their votes.” 

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
Eric Chien
Marina Mazepa
Charlotte Summers
Jackie Fabulous
Benicio Bryant

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
Emerald Belles 
Messoudi Brothers
Berywam
Lukas & Falco
NDLOVU Youth Choir
Chris Klafford

America's Got Talent 2019 Judge Cuts 4 Results – Live Blog Videos

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. 

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.

Patrizio Ratto – Piano playing dancer – He’s also receiving the brief montage treatment. Howie calls him amazing talented, but his piano/robot dance wasn’t a step up. 

Ansley Burns – Tween Simon made sing Aretha twice – 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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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!

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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. 

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.  

She Used to Be Mine from Waitress –  He’s a 12 year old singer from Garden City New York. He loves Broadway shows. He saw his first at six years old. His dream is to be on stage some day. He’s seen Kinky Boots eight times.  Julianne is his favorite judges.

Simon hits his red x. He’s been following the Houghs for ages. And of course, he’s her Golden Buzzer. So much for suspense! He sings in a beautiful, clear tenor. I hope his eventual voice change does not mess that up. His tone is lovely. He’s still imitative at his young age, and he tends to reach blindly for runs, but there’s a ton of potential there. Julianne is crying. Gabrielle shouts “YOU KILLED IT!” Howie compliments his poise. Simon doesn’t diss him for being “Broadway.” Heh. But he does warn him not to be generic. Julianne is so flattered that he looks up to her and brother Derek that she…..HITS HER GOLDEN BUZZER

He won Swedish Idol in 2017. He just turned 30. He looks older! His parents wanted him to join the family business. It hasn’t been easy. Except for that winning Swedish Idol thing–which of course he does not mention. His village was made up entirely of his family. I think he’s probably exaggerating. He was a fan of KISS. Is he really going to repeat “Imagine?” YAWN. It was his audition song for Swedish Idol, then he sang it again on the finale. It’s a nice version. I’ve heard better. I wish he’d sung something else. His voice has a nice tone, mixed with a bit of rasp. He’s got good range in his chest voice. Chris is very emotional, “This is weird.” As weird as Swedish Idol? Howie notes he wore his heart on his sleeve. Julianne felt his heart and passion. Simon thought he did something special with the song. – 4 yeses

The couple have appeared on Penn & Teller Fool Us. They are Steffie K and Mysterion. Steffie claims to have a mysterious relationship to her dead grandmother. “When Mysterion and I work together it magazines our powers,” she says. Sure.  He asks the audience and judges to draw something simple. Steffie has an image. She sees a tree. Oh look Gabrielle drew a tree. M drops the rest of the slips into a huge wind machine, in which Terry enters. He grabs one. And Steffie draws a heart, matching the image Terry grabbed. Hm. I bet all the slips somehow had hearts on them. Oh, but the attempt to prove it’s real by finding a person in the audience who drew a heart. Julianne calls them magical and mysterious. Howie found the presentation “weird.” Simon agrees with Howie. Uh oh. Simon thinks they need more imagination. There have definitely been better mentalists on AGT. Howie says No. Julianne and Gabrielle say yes. Mysterioso tries another trick to convince Simon. And Steffie guesses that Simon was thinking of the TV show Lassie. 3 yeses one no. Steffie “predicted” in their video package. 

 Singer – She’s a detention officer for the Tempe police department. Note: She made the Top 5 on Univision’s “La Reina De La Canción.” Olivia is 47 years old. Her mother and brothers are there with her. She lost her dad 4 years ago. Oh. She’s singing “My Way” in Spanish. Olivia has a pleasant voice. She’s strong on the high notes and pulls off a great big finish. After she points to heaven, presumably her dad. Julianne says she made the song her own. Howie confesses her style isn’t his cup of tea. He wishes her a ton of luck. He should say yes anyway! I don’t like it either, but she can sing. Olivia explains that she put her dream on hold to help take care of her dad. Simon loves her dramatic style. –  3 yeses a no from Howie. 

Gonzo is Japanese and has an interpreter with him. Fun fact: He was a contestant on the recent season of Britain’s Got Talent. Backstage, he rips off the tuxedo he was wearing to reveal…an outfit. He performed the exact same routine on BGT, only to “Living La Vida Loco.” He bangs himself all over his body, including running the instrument all up and down his face. That looks like it hurts. I mean, he’s pretty tricksy with that tambourine, but it’s really a one note joke. Howie is impressed with his intensity. Julianne can’t stop looking at his white sneakers. Gabrielle admires his level of commitment. “You played your face off.” Har har. “That was bonkers,” says Simon, pretending as if he never saw the act before. Terry dances along with him on stage. 4 yeses.

 They performed as friends, eventually fell in love, married and had a couple of kids. The dream is to produce their own shows. The act is part dance, party acrobatics. It’s  graceful and romantic. At one point, he swings her under his legs and up, holding her by her hands. The strength and agility exhibited here is impressive. The big trick–she balances on his forehead on one hand. Wow. The judges are up on their feet! Julianne calls them the best acrobatic act so far. “I am blown away.” Simon calls it “perfection.” He calls it a 10. Gabrielle wants to get her husband Dwayne in on the act. Howie calls it dangerous and scary. But he was thrilled.  – 4 yeses.

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Ben Trigger dazzles us all with his GOLDEN burlesque performance.

Lukas Pratschker and his dog Falco are based in Vienna. Lukas is 22 and Falco is 9! They’ve been together since Lukas was a kid. He was afraid of dogs. So his dad went ahead and…got a dog. But once Falco joined the household, he was won over. Lukas started training him. They do a cowboy themed routine with a lasso to “Footloose.” . The pupper is a adorable. And so youthful for a 9 year old! The tricks aren’t that impressive, but the two are kind of cute together. Gabrielle has 5 dogs at home! Howie loved it. Julianne thought it was “energetic.” The dog takes a victory lap around the stage. So cute. Simon notes the dogs great personality. – 4 yeses.

Tween singer – Teb year old Emanne Beasha lives in Florida with her parents and previously won Arabs Got Talent season 5. Not said in her video package: She was born in Jordan. Probably better to leave her Arab heritage out of it. She’s a kid opera singer like Jackie Evancho. She sings Nessun dorma like practically every opera singer on these shows. She doesn’t sound as weirdly adult as Jackie did. Her voice is still very youthful. She’ll be better in a few years. “How does that voice come out of that little body,” says Julianne. Simon calls her “absolutely fantastic.” Her grandmother was an opera fan, that’s how she got into it. Gabrielle calls her a star. Julianne was “mesmerized, captivating.” She compliments her confidence. “Don’t lose that,” she say. – 4 yeses 

This psychologist duo helps people get over their fears using virtual reality. The duo are from Rome Italy. Howie, being the germophobic neurotic, helps them on stage. Howie is afraid of heights, so they put him in a virtual grand canyon. They help him cross the canyon by himself, where he saves a guy. HE HAS TO TOUCH HIS HAND. Howie is not into this. Howie admits he was terrified, but it was enveloping. And as a supporter of mental health, he’s impressed. Gabrielle was on the edge of her seat. Julianne calls it “so much fun.” Simon thought it was cool, and entertaining. “It was even better seeing Howie look silly.” 

IDEGO combined technology and psychology to create life-changing experiences through VR!

The group formed in 2009 from the rural village of Moutse, Limpopo South Africa. The kids in the group grew up in poverty. It’s challenging. Many of the kids parents have passed away. One of the members shares how his parent passed and he had to take care of his siblings. Another says the choir helped her “find her voice.” They perform a song titled “Our African Dream.” The group is pretty talented and well put together. Simon looks in love! Gabrielle says, “This whole place was rooting for you, and you did not disappoint.” Julianne felt their authenticity and joy, “You transported us,” she says. Howie says, “I love the color and I love the sound.” Simon says he’s always been waiting for a choir like them, “This was a great audition.” – 4 yeses. 

Soul singer Lamon Landers hails from Alabama and previously appeared on FOX’s Showtime at the Apollo. He turned to music after his parents divorced. He’s been gigging non-stop for the past few years. Music is his full-time gig. He sings Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” with a sweet, soulful tenor. Simon calls the song safe, and “guesses” correctly that he plays with a band. “You don’t take risks,” says Simon, calling his selection “a wedding song.” Oh boy. This shtick is so overplayed. This time though, Lamont is resisting and saying he’d rather play another song right that minute. Ha ha. He knows b******* when he sees it. Lamont admits to Terry that he might just walk. “He’s really getting on my nerves,” says Simon. TIME FOR A COMMERCIAL. We see Lamont backstage with a music producer saying he wished he had more time to prepare. He’s back on stage. Simon admits that he likes his voice, even though they didn’t “get on at first.” He starts off singing. Simon stops him again, and suggests he shake it out, and sing slower. Lamont needs to tune his guitar. He’s singing Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own.” The first song was pretty good. But this performance has more emotional resonance. The panel gives him a standing ovation. Julieanne compares him to an egg that they’re cracking open slowly. Lamont says he’s humbled and loves a challenge. Howie felt he stepped it up “10 levels.” Gabrielle said he “blew us all away.” Simon thinks he has a “fear of failure” and that the “door just opened for you a little.” Lamont apologizes to the audience. – 4 yeses

The pressure is ON! The singer from Huntsville, Alabama learned a new song in UNDER 30 minutes and performed it in front of America.

Guglielmo & Madame Daggers Sideshow Opera took the note 'B SHARP' literally. 

The married couple are an opera singer and violinist respectively. But it was hard to make a living performing classical music. The begin performing together…and I smell a set up! Yup. They’re actually a knife act.  He keeps singing in front of a board, she tosses knives at him. First with her hands, then with her feet. This act is mildly amusing, I suppose. The climax is throwing a flaming knife while blindfolded. She’s a self-taught knife thrower. Howie likes them. “I love you,” says Gabrielle. “For every wife who wants to throw sharp things at her husband, I thank you.” Julianne says a crazy look in her eye before she began tossing knives “I get it, this is why he fell in love with you.” Simon thinks he’s a bad singer, and Nick’s feelings seem really hurt. Simon says no. the rest say yes.  Simon asks Lindsay to throw a knife at him with her feet. “This will turn into a yes if you don’t kill me.” Good lord, she missed him by a mile. Her knife throwing skills are suspect – 4 yeses

The young choir from Detroit perform an unexpected rendition of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and earn a well-deserved Golden Buzzer from Michigan’s own Terry Crews!

This French beatbox crew is based in Toulouse, France. They competed in the Italian TV talent show Tú sí que vales. They also won the beatbox battle world championship in crew category in 2018.  They make some unhuman sounding noises–really unique percussive sounds are coming from this group. They need some singers. I couldn’t handle a steady diet of this. “It was amazing, I had so much fun,” says Gabrielle. Howie calls it exciting and unexpected. Julianne notes how they changed tempo several times. Simon thinks they could put DJs out of business. “This is ahead of the times.” He calls them a “cool Pentatonix.” Hm. Pentatonix is plenty cool enough. – 4 yeses.

Dad, mom, two kiddos and a bunch of POODLES make fun for everyone. Simon loves his dog acts. Ha ha. A married couple run the review with their two adorable kids. The little girl is an expert animal herder, while the boy performs tumbling feats with help from the puppers. There are poodles jumping through hoops, over hurdles and dancing on their front legs. Gabrielle says, “You guys delivered!” Julianne says, “I was losing my mind! That was so fun.” Howie calls the family “amazing and adorable.” Simon thinks it’s important that people understand that dogs are like humans. He notes that the terrier of the bunch doesn’t really do anything. “He’s the star,” Simon quips – 4 yeses

They are all veteran or active members of the military. They sing to help military who come back from duty with injuries or PTSD. They started their group when active in Afghanistan.  The female member has a good voice. The harmonies could use some work, though. Howie thanks them for their service. Gabrielle “I can’t thank you enough for all of it,” she says. Julianne calls what they are doing “phenomenal.” Simon calls their story and message “stunning” and “this is what we need right now.” Simon adds, “You’ve got 4000 yesses.” – 4 yeses.

They take the stage, and don’t talk at all. They launch into a highly precise robotic dance. They exhibit lots of control. Those robotic moves look easy, but they really aren’t. Ohhh. One of the dances can contort. Another guy leans back and holds a pose that looks IMPOSSIBLE. Wow. That was some clever choreography. After they say Jabbawockeez inspired them to become dancers. Juliane calls the moves “articulate, impactful and tight.” Simon says they have “imagination.” He thanks them for coming on the show. Howie calls them “talent.” Gabrielle says, “You came to slay and we are deceased.” 

 He is claiming to be a singer. But SPOILER. He’s really a Chicago based comedian. He says karaoke is how he learned to sing. He fires up a karaoke machine. It plays the instrumental “Tequila” and all he adds is the word from the chorus in the most deadpan voice. Not very clever, actually. Terry doing the Pee Wee dance backstage is more entertaining. Simon says “I want to hear a whole album…It was so stupid, I loved it.” Julianne calls it brilliant. She’s impressed that his simple bit got the crowd so hype. Uh. The AGT audience is pretty easy to win over, especially with producers on the floor hyping them up. I’m just saying!  “Song choice is always important,” says Howie. He sarcastically compliments his exuberance, but adds that he loved it. – 4 yeses

SOS – Magician – He does “kind of magic.” Oh. His parents are the quick change people Sos and Victoria quick change act from season 11. His best friend growing up was magic. But his parents have been his idol. SOS does card tricks. As far as card magic is concerned, he’s OK. He’s no Shin Lim. But OK.  His thing is cards changing colors and sizes. It’s a high energy act. Gabrielle calls it like “nothing we’ve seen yet this season.” Howie says, “You did a great job.” Julianne calls it a “full blown spectacle show.” Simon loved everything about his presentation. Backstage, SOS becomes very emotional, calling it the “best day of my life.” – 4 yeses

Melissa Arlett – Rat Lady – Her three rats are part of her act. Ew. She’s single, but at the end of a long day, she has her rats. No likey the rats. She names them after diseases. Well, it’s not like she picked them up off the street. Domesticated rats are definitely a thing. So this is like a dog act…but with rats. She finishes with a headstand. Her spread legs form a bridge for the rat to cross. The thing is, rats are known to be very intelligent. It’s why they’ll survive after humans are long gone. Howie calls it entertaining and unique. Gabrielle calls Henta the rat a star. Julianne says “HASHTAG I LIKE WEIRD!” Simon calls it “bonkers.” He believes rats are actually sweet and have a bad rap. – 4 yeses.

After all the rejected singers, 12 year old Ansley is nervous to sing in front of Simon. Ansley used to sing in church in her small South Carolina town. Ansley went viral last year after her mom posted a video of Ansley singing “Cry Pretty.” Carrie Underwood gave her props on Twitter.Simon complains about the backing track. But it feels like a bit to stir up some drama. “That was terrible,” Simon tells her. He suggests that she sing a’cappella, but Ansley looks unsure. Simon gives up his big cup of Dunkin Donuts water, which gives her a little courage. With the audience cheering her on, she sings without the track. She has a big voice, but at this point, she’s too imitative and pageantry. She needs a few years. She cries with relief at the end. Simon calls her a little fighter. “You’re an amazing person,” says Howie. Gabrielle compliments her level of professionalism. It’s true, she handled all that really well. “You absolutely crushed it,” says Julianne. Simon says, “We’re going to remember you.” – 4 yeses.

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

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.

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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Lindsay Spence Next year No Singing Please!!! There are plenty of other singing competition shows. I like seeing the other stuff much much better.

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