Now that we’re in the middle of summer, patiently waiting for the return of our favorite fall shows, I’m currently watching another favorite of mine which is America’s Got Talent. I love watching this show because a whole variety acts besides singing come on this show to win the grand prize of $1,000,000 and a headline show in Las Vegas. Some of my favorite stars have come from this show like Terry Fator, Lindsey Stirling, Jackie Evancho, and Mat Franco. Currently, AGT is on its 11th season and the competition is definitely competitive. I’m willing to bet my money that this season has so many great singers/artists this year. 5 of the 9 golden buzzer acts this year were all singers. That goes to show the legitimate talented singers we have this year. Last night was the first live show performance of the season. 12 of the 36 remaining contestants performed and we find out tonight who will be cut and who is one step closer to the $1,000,000. In this post, I’ll recap the 12 acts that performed and my prediction who will make it through.
First up was Jayna Brown. During judge cuts, she was Louis Tomlinson’s golden buzzer act. She set the bar high singing Ed Sheeran’s “Make it Rain.” Her song choice for this performance was excellent. Her vocals and presentation was perfect. And she’s only 14 years old.
Next, was Hara, a Japanese Illusionist. His presentation is always flawless, however, I was expecting more on stage magic rather than seeing it on the screen. He’s a good magician but for a variety act, it’s about taking risks and doing something different. He’s good, but I don’t know if I see him going to the next round.
The boys of Outlawz kind of took a step back with their last night’s dance routine. They definitely stepped it up back in Judge Cuts but I didn’t feel the same way last night. I will say that they demonstrated some cool moves that I’ve never seen before but the overall feel and routine was above average. Ok, I’m not a dancer and don’t know a lot about dancing but it’s just my opinion. If they go to the next round, I’ll be happy. It’s just 50/50 for me right now.
Vocal group, Musicality was next and they sang Ariana Grande’s “One Last Time.” Musicality is one of my favorite groups this year. Not only because of their hard life in Chicago but individually, they are talented singers. In their audition and judge cut performances, they picked great song’s that showcased the group’s sound and pinpointed a handful of individual singers. Last night’s performance, though, did not do that. I wanted to feel the goosebumps but that song, I think, didn’t do that. And, I don’t know if my ears deceived me but I thought I heard some pitch problems as well. I believe, whether it’s a soloist or a group, they have to pick the right song. This time, they didn’t do that but we’ll see what America chose tonight.
After Musicality, 13 year old comedian Lori Mae Hernandez did some comedy for the country. I’ll admit that some of her material that she did in the previous rounds were cute/funny. I believe she’ll probably end up on Disney Channel or have some future in comedy, but I think she’s not ready yet. Her performance last night was, again, cute but didn’t blow me away. I loved her political jokes against Trump and Clinton, but I can’t see her in the end. She’s young, still has lots to learn. No doubt that being on this show will open many doors for her. I’m impressed she’s made it this far and before the show, she hasn’t performed in front of a huge audience before. She’s good but she’s got a great future ahead.
The duo of Deadly Games delivered a heart-stopping performance. The husband and wife are a perfect example of getting better after every performance. After their outstanding performance in the judge cuts, I wondered how they would top that. The performance of Alfredo Silva going blindfolded while his wife, Anna, giving out the commands was so nerve-wracking to see. They also brought back the “Wheel of Death” but added the element of fire to it. They just make me wonder what they’re going to do next and that deserves a spot in the next round.
Next to perform was NFL wizard and Ne-Yo’s golden buzzer act, Jon Dorenbos. I love magicians and Dorenbos is probably my favorite magician this season. He’s another perfect example of always doing something new and getting better every time. Last night, I’ve never seen anything like it. It still boggles my mind how he predicted every judge’s picture and that bottle was never opened. Another astonishing and incredible performance by the Philadelphia Eagle. Totally deserves a spot next round.
17-year old Daniel Joyner was a sweetie and sang Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” to his girlfriend last night but wasn’t a tight performance to secure a spot for the next round. He has a good voice. He showcased that in the judge cuts plus his ability to loosen up. Last night, he showed that he can have a good time but I wanted to hear more of his musical capabilities. Like I said, he’s a good singer but it was definitely a bad song choice.
After Joyner, the mysterious but still funny act, Tape Face, performed. Ok, I’ll admit that his first 2 performances was hilarious and totally deserved to go through. Now, it’s time to think seriously. It’s time to think who I would pay good money to see one of these acts perform in Las Vegas. Tape Face made a good run and I liked his performance last night. I just don’t see him going far.
Up next was Nick Cannon’s golden buzzer act, 90 year old Dorothy Williams. I’ll make this quick and simple. She’s a sweetheart and she had a dream of being a star. Cannon made her dream come true by pushing the golden buzzer and also performing live at the Dolby Theater. Don’t want to sound mean but now that’s she’s lived the dream, it’s time to move on.
The next act on stage was Silva Sveta, a dance/light show performance. I felt like their performance was average. The lights and computer images were ok and the dancing was above average. In my opinion, there was just no content to follow. I’ve seen way too many acts with dancing and computer imagery. If they want to compete, they have to deliver something new and fresh. Silva Sveta didn’t step up to that plate last night.
At the beginning of the night, Jayna Brown set the bar high for the remaining contestants. No one didn’t pass that bar, until the last act came out on stage. Mel B’s golden buzzer act, 14 year old Laura Bretan came out on stage and brought the house down. She has a unique opera-style voice and it was unbelievable to hear. Bretan was simply amazing and goes to show that we have so many good singers this year.
To summarize, it was a good start for the live shows this season. I’m not exactly quite sure how many will move on but I believe it will be 7 since it’s following the same format from last season. The acts I think will go to the next round are Jayna Brown, Deadly Games, Jon Dorenbos, and Laura Bretan. They all stepped up and got better. If I had to pick the other 3, it would be Outlawz, Lori and Musicality. As long as its Brown, Dorenbos, Bretan and Deadly Games, I will be fine. Guess we have to wait until tonight to find out who’s going through. Also, AGT alumnus Mat Franco and Paul Zerdin will be on the show tonight to perform! Should be a good night! Thanks for reading!