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America's Got Talent recap: Judge Cuts 4

Piers Morgan is back to dash dreams on ‘America’s Got Talent.’

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America's Got Talent

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Reality TV

We are at the end of the rope on America’s Got Talent. It’s the final round of judge cuts, so Mel B. decided to invite someone who could help the panel dash the dreams of young dancers and ambitious singing groups from sea to shining sea. It’s Piers Morgan! YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE. If it were up to Mr. Morgan, all 20 acts would be going home tonight. Fortunately for those nervously pacing backstage, Piers doesn’t call the shots. Well, he calls the shot for one lucky golden buzzer winner. Let’s see who made the cut…

The Gentlemen


Why you remember them: Bespectacled brothers who dance in tiny suits.

Zack and Cameron dance like they are ready to roll up in da club in pursuit of some ladies. Like last time, there was a lot of pelvic thrusting up on that stage. Grumpy Howard and Piers shake their confidence, promising that they aren’t exciting enough to win over an audience at Radio City Music Hall. Nick Cannon is quick to offer his two cents—The Gentlemen are dope. He’s totally mentoring them. 

Derek Hughes


Why you remember him: Pulled a playing card out of his butt crack.

Derek asks Howie to think of a city and Mel B. to think of a man’s name. He flippantly scribbles names on a pad (that we can’t see) and then crumbles the paper into a ball, flustered that he didn’t get it right. Howard has to flip through a dictionary and say the word at the top of the page. Low and behold, it’s the word that Derek wrote on his pad. And guess what? The balled up paper on the floor DID have Howie’s city and Mel B.’s name! Everyone was impressed, except Piers of course. He clearly needs some attention. Where’s the professional hug lady when you need her?

Duo Vladimir 


Why you remember them: Two very buff Vlads who balance on each other

I’m not exactly sure how it was possible for Vlad 1 to balance on Vlad 2’s head without breaking his neck. That was exciting enough. Then they pulled out the knives! Are you kidding me? Heidi and I nearly had a heart attack.

Duo Volta

Trapeze Partners

Why you remember them: They were dating. He broke up with her. She lets him dangle her from very high places. I assume they are in counseling. 

Duo Volta executed a very controlled act full of hard tricks. I would have pegged it in the circus act genre if she hadn’t literally been wearing a nightie.

Alicia Michilli


Why you remember her: Soul singer in the package of a petite woman

Alicia is the perfect balance of confidence and nerves. She is comfortable on the stage in a way that feels very natural—like she was born to be there. Yet she is humble about her performance. She sang “Who’s Loving You” made famous by the Jackson 5 and nailed it. Some of the judges believe she overcompensated at times. In the end, the audience was on her side. 


Dance Trio

Why you remember them: Their fourth member hurt his leg in round one.

One boy, two girls, bodies flying, and lime green fringe. What more can you ask for? 

Aaron Smyth


Why you remember him: Elegant dancer in suspenders

Aaron has the fastest pirouettes I’ve ever seen. It’s as if he’s an ice skater. He flies all over the stage in a way that makes me feel like he should be on So You Think You Can Dance instead of a broad talent show. He is definitely gifted, but I probably wouldn’t pay money to see him.


Dance Group 

Why you remember them: Combine dance moves with technology

Six members and one stage manager make up the group SIRO-A. You have to see their performance to really understand the originality and creativity that goes into every move. I can’t imagine how perfect the timing has to be in order to pull off their choreography. Piers agrees with me and punches his golden buzzer. It’s straight through to Radio City!

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