It’s the last chance for 12 acts to win a spot in the semi-finals on America’s Got Talent and each performer came to win! Tiny women used their big voices, a mentalist blew the judges’ mind, and one regurgitator proved that he can pretty much swallow anything and hack it back up. Here’s a breakdown of the remaining acts…
Chapkis Dance Family
Did anyone else get a major Coming to America vibe during this performance? Replace the whimsical feathers and African style with military jackets and angry faces and you pretty much have the same dance. I thought it was ridiculously synchronized. Of course Howard saw flailing zombies and chaotic spiders. This does not bode well for the dance crew.
Metal Mulisha Fitz Army
I’m still not clear how an entire show can be built around four motocross daredevils, but I’m just going to go with it because these guys are crazy fun. Once again, they flipped, twisted, and completely let go of their bikes while suspended in mid-air. It’s man verses machine and the judges love them! No arms, no legs, no brains! That’s a recipe for success in Howie’s mind.
Poor DADitude. They wanted America to see them as more than a bunch of old guys dancing. And they chose to use an iconic car from an iconic movie that debuted in 1985 to accomplish this task. The Twitter kids weren’t born in 1985! A DeLorean? Thank goodness they didn’t break out the Back to the Future soundtrack with a little Huey Lewis & the News. The chair choreography was a hot mess and the yellow plaid dad was a beat behind the others the entire time. I agree with the judges on this one. I like what they stand for, but the four red buzzers were necessary. DADitude needed to be put out of their misery.
I don’t know about Alicia. I was distracted while she was growling out “I Put A Spell On You.” I kept wondering why her hair looked like she was about to clean the house, yet her dress was ready for a cocktail party? It was a slow, haunting song. Maybe that’s why I had time to think about how her outfit really needed a bracelet? If I had to guess, I’d say that wasn’t the performance that will take her to the next round. The judges were a bit “meh” in their critiques as well. Not a good sign.
Howie and I love Gary Vider. I understand that his type of comedy is an acquired taste. He’s slow. He’s calm. This drives Heidi crazy. But this is what makes him wonderfully weird, too. Is he the best comedian? Right now, Drew Lynch is his only competition. If the judges pit most of the singers in this round against one another, Gary may have a shot at the semi-finals.
Mountain Faith Band
Let’s be honest—the vocals were not their best. But I’ll give them an A+ for singing “Shut Up and Dance” in bluegrass. The group is definitely musical, too. They can saw a fiddle and pluck a banjo like nobody’s business. I just didn’t think this was their best performance. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were in the Dunkin’ Save. I also think America will save them because they are so darn likable.
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Oz blew my mind tonight. And the judges’ minds. I find him intriguing. Just when you think the trick is over, he adds another layer that makes your head explode. He was able to predict that Mel B. would miss guessing the correct number of gumballs by two. Amazing. Then he had Nick pull out a receipt in the gumball machine that had a 12-digit item number of all four judges’ gumball guesses. Spectacular. I would go see this guy in Vegas for sure.
Selected of God
Selected of God really came through in the hair and wardrobe department. It’s a simple fact that capes make everything better. They sang “Impossible” by Shontelle and as a group, they really brought the house down. I do agree with Mel that their soloists were not strong. Howard warns them not to lose their contemporary feel. Something tells me that this is the end of the road for our favorite church choir.
The Professional Regurgitator
THIS GUY MUST WIN. Truly. No one else does anything close to his act. What I love about Stevie is that you see the trick unfold and upchuck right before your eyes. It’s straight up weird, gross, and completely mesmerizing. You know you’re being tricked by someone like Oz and you feel entertained, but a bit like an idiot. It’s the exact opposite with Stevie. He’s the idiot! A really talented idiot! How else can you explain him swallowing Heidi’s half a million dollar ring, a lock, a key, and then hacking it back up with the ring ON THE LOCK? I’m sorry that Howie had to ruin the moment with a bulimia joke, but professional regurgitator for the win!
I believe it’s the end of the road for sweet Benjamin. He’s going out on a high note, because that was his best dance. It’s heartbreaking that his vision is impaired with each passing day. However, he is an inspiration to many. I have no doubt that somewhere, there’s a perfect stage for him to perform.
Daniella chose to sing “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables, which is a bold selection. It’s slow and haunting, just like Alicia Michilli’s song, yet Daniella sang it with power, passion, and raw emotion that made me want to sign a petition to bring this dude home. Her voice is perfection. She definitely looked the part. It will come down to America’s taste and if voters like a good Broadway show tune.
Can someone please tell me what this routine was about? Don’t get me wrong—I was entertained. I just felt like I’ve always followed the story with their previous biblical themes. She was clearly in heaven at the end, but the dementor part in the middle was confusing to me. Even with the creepy version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as the soundtrack, I thought the dancing was exquisite.
Who do you think deserves a shot at the semi-finals? Will Daniella take a spot from Alicia? Does Gary have a shot? Will the professional regurgitator swallow another piece of Heidi’s jewelry? Is Nick’s future so bright, he had to wear shades backstage? We’ll find out soon enough.