Top 10 America’s Got Talent 2019 Finalists
Well, THAT was a rousing opening! I’m fully awake now. Oh dang. This recap from last night might put me back to sleep. Next, and FINALLY, the judges,Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell are introduced. Simon says he has no idea who will win tonight. They guy was spacing out until Terry called him twice. He probably needs a smoke break.
ONE LAST DUNKIN’ LOUNGE. The show is going to be filled with a ton of filler, isn’t it…
Lang Lang tas the stage to play some hokey piano. Next, kid opera singer Emmane Beasha joins him on stage for a song, that will appear on his new album
Next, it’s Ryan Niemiller. He shares that he wanted to be a pro-wrestler once upon a time. He could be a bad-**s! So his handle “Cripple Threat” is his wrestling name! Chris Jericho is his favorite wrestler. He drops by to teach Ryan a few moves. Oh dear. Ryan is too nice for trash talk. Ha. Chris teaches him to yell at Simon, who does not even know what Ramen noodles are. Well, that was fun. “You never turn your back on the cripple threat!”
Howie introduces a video clip that’s all about host Terry Crews. What a wacky guy!
Next Benicio Bryan takes the stage with his “hero” Latin urban singer and songwriter Ozuna. Benicio got a haircut! It’s a little jarring! So is this musical style for Benicio. But it actually suits him! Benicio didn’t sing any upbeat songs for the competition. This is a welcome change up.
The next video package stars Simon and Cher. What a pair. This is very odd. The two discull “random thoughts”…on things. Cell phones, video games and more. Simon likes pong.
Now, it’s Julianne Hough performing her new single. V. Unbeatable join her on stage. She sings. They toss…Julianne! Right through the air. Don’t like the song? There’s a distraction! Heh. Hm. This is a pop song. Wasn’t she a country singer last time?
Lilly Singh, the Youtube star who hosts the new late late late night show on NBC. She picks the five worst acts: The monkey in a tutu, Death, Yurian Retriever (OF COURSE), Brandon Coprich (the naked flute player) Sethward is her favorit
Next it’s an “exclusive” AGT mashup. Light Balance Kids, Tyler Butler-Figueroa and last year’s finalist Brian Joseph King join forces. A trio of names. Heh. Tyler and Brian perform a “Favorite Things” and then Light Balance Kids take the stage to dance to “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. Just as I am thinking “where’s the mashup?” SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE. The “kids” pull off their masks and IT’S PAULA ABDUL! Dancing with the kids! PAULER PAULER PAULER!
RESULTS: Here we go! The Top 10 are center stage. In no particular order, who made it into the Top 5. Benicio Bryant and Voices of Service are center stage. The first act taking a spot in the Top 5 is…Voices of Service!Benicio isn’t in the Top 5. My predictions are already done. Emmane Beasha and Ryan Niemiller step forward. The act taking the second spot in the Top 5 is…Ryan Niemiller! V. Unbeatable are next, with Ndlovu Youth Choir. The act taking the third spot in the Top 5 is V. Unbeatable. Ndlovu Youth Choir is eliminated. Kodi Lee and Light Balance Kids are next. The act taking the fourth spot in the Top 5 is Kodi Lee. Light Balance Kids are eliminated. Tyler Butler-Figueroa and Detroit Youth Choir step forward.The act taking the last spot in the Top 5 is…Detroit Youth Choir!!!
Next, we find out who came in fifth. America has voted. The act finishing in fifth place and leaving the competition is…Voices of Service
KODI LEE WINS America’s Got Talent!
5. Voices of Service
- Ryan Niemiller
- V. Unbeatable
- Kodi Lee
- Detroit Youth Choir
- 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.
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 – 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.
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.”
Everything is on the line.
Get ready to vote for your winner TONIGHT 8/7c on NBC
America’s Got Talent LIVE Semifinals 2 RESULTS! The Top 10 Finalists will be revealed tonight. Last night, eleven contestants performed in front of judges Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell for YOUR votes. Terry Crews hosts.
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.
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.
Top 10 America`s Got Talen 2019 finilist revealed:
1. Kodi Lee
2. Benicio Bryant
3. Tyler Butler-Figueroa
4. Light Balance Kids – America Saves
5. Ndlovu Youth Choir – Judges Save
6. V. Unbeatable
7. Detroit Youth Choir
8. Voices of Service
9. Ryan Niemiller – America Saved
10. Emmane Beasha – Judges Saved
Advancing to Next Week’s Final
Detroit Youth Choir
Voices of Service
Emmane Beasha – Judges Saved
Lukas & Falco
Advancing to the Final
Light Balance Kids – America Saves
Ndlovu Youth Choir – Judges Save
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.