It’s week six of America’s Got Talent. That means it’s time to intersperse really odd acts with kids who force the audience to give them standing ovations because they are so darn cute. The judges are advancing people left and right. Nick is killing it off stage. And no one died during the extreme portion of the broadcast. I call that a definite victory. Let’s see who made the cut…
Japanese Dance Duo
In my opinion, this performance was mediocre. The two women pass a virtual sparkling ball between them using lights and lasers. I’m sure it would have been more intriguing had I not seen the same concept delivered better, two other times this season. The judges do not agree with me. Enra is through to the next round.
When Samantha opens her mouth to sing “Natural Woman,” I thought she had a pleasant voice. When Samantha hit the chorus, grabbed the mic, and stepped away from the stand, I thought she had a powerful voice. All of a sudden, she relaxes into the lyrics. She’s good. The judges think so too. But is it enough to win the show? We shall see.
What you’re imagining in your head is exactly what Paul performed. Except you need to take those hats and fashion a boomerang device on the rim. Somehow Paul manages to throw a hat ridiculously far away from his grasp, yet it comes back to him every time. To top it off, he moves about the stage. At one point, he’s in the audience and on the judges platform. Howard and Heidi vote for Paul to go through. Mel says no and Howie agrees. He thinks Paul is a one trick pony. Howard persuades the crowd to convince Howie to vote yes. Which he does. This excites Paul. If the next act advances, he can carpool with them.
Shoots Arrows at Husband
Meet Silvia and her husband Victor. They happen to be the parents of Paul Ponce. When Paul was a little boy, Victor taught Paul to juggle while Silvia shot arrows at them. Family fun! Silvia’s ensemble looks like something Pocahontas would wear at a Vegas floor show. She easily shoots her first target (two balloons) with a double arrow. Then Victor arranges five balloons on a board and stands behind said board. Silvia loads up five arrows to five different bows all stacked together. One false move and Victor is a goner. Silvia smiles, shoots, and all five balloons pop. Victor triumphantly returns from behind the board, thankfully the medics didn’t have to be called. All four judges vote for Silvia to go through to the next round. Paul hugs them in the wings. A family that juggles and shoots arrows together, stays together.
Heavenly Joy Jerkins
Heavenly is 5 years old. Her aunt calls her “Heav” and you can too. She loves to tap and she loves to sing. Therefore, “In Summer” made famous by everyone’s favorite snowman Olaf is the perfect song choice. On a scale of one to cuteness, she nails it. And if she wins the money, Heavenly says she is going to give it to the poor kids who don’t have clothes. I die. Howard says that Shirley Temple lives inside of her. Heavenly is quick to chime in that Jesus lives there, too. Someone needs to get this kid on Broadway before she reaches that weird awkward phase. Four yeses!
Grand Master Qi Feilong
This isn’t Grand Master’s first time to stand on the AGT stage. Last year, he had Nick kick him in the nuts over and over again. Unfortunately, that resulted in months of therapy for Nick and four buzzes from the judges. This year, Grand Master’s translator tells us that he has channeled energy and can bend it to his will. Nice. Grand Master breaks a chopstick with his throat, bends a spoon with his eyeball, and balances a bicycle with his teeth. Heidi thinks this is stupid. Mel thinks it’s weird. Howard doesn’t think it’s a million dollar act. Ironically, Grand Master is given another chance to absorb energy in the future. He’s through.
Mountain Faith Band
Bluegrass Family Singers
What’s a family to do when they are bored working at dad’s tire shop? Why you form a band of course. And even though all four judges basically admit to hating bluegrass, they are all surprised how much they love a banjo-plucking version of One Republic’s “Counting Stars.” It’s four yeses!
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