Let's talk about round 2 favorites.
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Twelve America’s Got Talent acts are up on the chopping block. It’s time to see who can plaster on a smile while pushing down the nerves as various acts take the stage to perform. Let’s break down the second live round performances.

DM Nation

The all-girl dance crew hit the floor hard in a military-inspired number that had a touch of Transformers mixed in for good measure. The synchronization was flawless. I would not want to mess with these ladies if I ran into them in a dark alley. I mean, they wear black lipstick. Howard isn’t afraid at all. He tells them that even though they dance to “Run the World” by Beyoncé, it’s the exact same choreography as before.

Derek Hughes

First of all, Derek’s kids are freaking cute. Second, he shares that he became a magician because he sucks at sports. I love this guy. Derek invites Mel B. on the stage to show her how to cheat at cards. The amazing part? He performs a flawless card trick in the process. It involves empty pockets, a deck of cards, sleight of hand, and a witty execution. If he doesn’t get enough votes, Howie and I are going to boycott the show.

3 Shades of Blue

This band, consisting of three brothers and a neighbor kid, are full of mama’s lasagna and ready to rock Howard’s socks off. They make a bold move by singing “Chains” by Nick Jonas. Sure it salutes their tween status, but will the panel of non-tween judges buy the performance? Why yes. Yes they do. It sounded a bit muffled through my television, but everyone LOVES the group and their flawless hair.

Animation Crew

People underestimate this ragtag band of pop and lockers. Probably because they give off a major dork vibe. With that said, they have no problem inserting themselves into a digital video game. And Howard had no problem buzzing them halfway through their act. He thought they were lazy. Heidi nails it when she comments that the video overpowered the performance. Howie predicts that their game is about to be over.

Arielle Baril

Arielle is Heidi’s golden buzzer winner. Her interview package takes place in a library where she studies. Adorable. Arielle opens her mouth and a beautiful aria effortlessly floats out. When a choir backs her up mid-song, I’m undone. Choirs make everything better. Everyone in the auditorium loves this 12-year-old. The judges think she will go far.

Uzeyer Novruzov

Uzeyer is our favorite ladder climber. He’s going higher than he’s ever gone before. It’s time to go big or go home. Sadly, he falls on the shortest ladder just seconds into the routine. After dancing with a mid-size one for another minute, he grabs the big, BIG one. He waits the appropriate amount of time to to summon the courage to climb. Everyone holds their breath and gets the sweats as he scrambles up a very tall ladder with two dudes standing by waiting to clean up his brains in case he falls. Once the judges unclench, they all give Uzeyer a huge endorsement.

NEXT: Heidi might not be a 10, but some of these acts are


Ira busted out a puppet entourage for Radio City. There were mermaids, go-go dancers, and a sweet saxophone solo courtesy of Ira’s mom, Miriam. Howard compares them to an old, smelly sock, which he intended to be a compliment. Mel B. and Howie provide glowing reviews. You can’t really go wrong with a puppet singing Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual” in a sailor outfit. More Ira!

Damone Rippy

Since his first stint on AGT, Damone has become a major heartthrob with the ladies. According to the Twitterverse, he’s hot, talented, hot, beautiful, and hot. This round, Damone wears a full suit while twisting and turning above the Hudson on his fly board. Unfortunately, this means that he is not shirtless. Even though he’s very pretty, I’m not sure he can pull this off as an act in Vegas. Someone call Abercrombie.

Myq Kaplan

Myq is ready to make you laugh. He tries to do this while combating really bad nerves. He rushes through his set. I may have heard a few crickets. I felt his jokes were all over the place. However, comedy is subjective and every judge, excluding Heidi, thought Myq had really great material.

The CraigLewis Band

It was a mixture of old and new. Not only did the boys debut a really cool logo, but they went old school belting out a little Otis Redding. They made “Try A Little Tenderness” their own, which sent Howie over the edge. Howard thought their performance was a home run. I loved how they selected their wardrobe from Nick Cannon’s closet.

Freckled Sky

The producer of Freckled Sky calls his art digital poetry. It was a mixture of dance, lights, water, and projected animation. For the first time, the choreography was more of a spotlight than the screens. The judges are cautious about giving compliments, including Howard who gave them the golden buzzer forever ago. I personally was bored through the entire thing. I felt the water component was lost on those of us watching from home. Where is the black lipstick or puppets?

Sharon Irving

The family thinks Sharon has a light that she’s supposed to shine. And boy does she shine it using the powerful lyrics of “Glory” by John Legend. She growls out the anthem with the help of a Gospel choir, which further proves by theory that Gospel choirs make everything better. The audience loves it. The judges love it. She is worthy of her golden buzzer. Preach it Sharon!

What did you think? Will Freckled Sky beat out DM Nation? Can a singing puppet beat a singing human? Can Heidi help Damone with a modeling contract? Let the voting begin!

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