After nine weeks of auditions, 55 candidates were ready to compete for a place in the final. This week, the FINAL eleven Top 55 candidates will perform for the U.S. vote, and two of them will exit the competition by the end of Wednesday’s results.
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Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara sit on the panel, while Terry Crews hosts.
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Kristen Cruz – Singer
Kristen is a viral Tik Tok artist who whips up smoothies and coffee drinks while hitting those high marks! AGT helped her realize that she loves performing on stage. She sings “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” by Miley Cyrus. She and Miley have similar tones – dark and raspy. It’s a good choice for her. Although she’s good, let’s face it, this is her last time on the AGT stage and she’s doing beautifully.
Heidi is up! “I’m so happy for you that you stepped out of your comfort zone…it was the right thing for you,” Sofia said. Simon asks who his favorite singer is. She replies: “Adele”. He insists she picked the wrong song tonight, “You were screaming the song.” He offers her to sing country music. What?!!? She was great. Simon purposely downplays his performance. Heidi disagrees: “Your voice is FIERCE…you are amazing,” she says. Howie agrees, calling her powerful and complimenting her raw voice. He hopes she voted.
Mervant Vera – Rapper Magician
Mervant combines rap and magic. Apparently he performed on the streets of Philadelphia. He promises to do something “very risky” tonight. Terry is on stage to help. Heidi chooses a number, from which Mervant flips through a songbook he has written. Rap is random. He freely flips through a pile of cards with words written on them, which Terry has mixed up. I don’t know where the magic is? His skill is rudimentary. He’s better at rapping.
Heidi calls him a genius. “You make magic so cool…rap and magic,” says Sofia. Simon really enjoyed his first audition. “I could hear tonight how nervous you were.” But he liked it! “You have a real chance of getting into the final.” Howie says, “You’re the magical hip hop version of Tony Robbins. You deserve to be here. Mervant wants to be a pioneer for a new era of magic. Good luck with that.
Travis Japan – Boy Group
Their audition was SO CHEESY. But Simon thinks they have potential. Mouldable! In their package, they list the archetypes they all represent. The cute ! The bad boy! Etc. This time they begin bathed in red light. Nervous! Except after the lights turn purple and they rip off their capes to reveal sparkly costumes. Still corny! Howie buzzes them. They are terrible. But the backing track is messed up. The sound is awful. It’s not their fault. You could say they should be able to sing without help. But all of these bands sing along to tunes. Toast. They are.
“You have to hit some of the notes. They were really out of place,” Howie says. He compares it to an SNL parody. Simon notes that it is difficult to sing live. “The song was terrible…bad song, period.” He still loves them. He wants to get his hands on it, so to speak. “The vocals need more tweaking,” says Heidi. “Today’s voice was a little bad,” says Sofia.
Max Ostler – Dancer
This young contemporary dancer comes from Australia. He’s a good dancer. It belongs to So you think you can dance. AGT is not a good forum for skilled dancers. On the one hand, judges have no idea what they are looking at and no framework from which to judge. Shame dance world is kaput in America.
Oh. Simon and Heidi are standing. Heidi calls it “Poetry in motion”. Sofia also loved it. Simon loves his talent and his guts. He compliments the music he has chosen, as well as the choreographer. “It was better than your first audition.” Howie thinks he should team up with Ed Sheeran and perform it on stage with him. Fortunately, Simon has at least an idea of Max’s talent.
Jordan Conley – Comedian – Wildcard Qualifiers
Viewers voted Jordan as the 55th semi-finalist. A comedian came by last week. Is there room for one more? Probably not. He takes the stage from a seat in the audience. He’s funnier than Mike E. Winfield, the comedian who advanced. However, his audition was funnier. His jokes focus on him being kind of a nerdy black dude. His wordplay is very skillful!
Howie calls him kind and likeable. “You have the energy, you have the spirit… I feel like you are connected.” Heidi loves her physical comedy. Sofia wishes him the best. “You were brilliant tonight,” Simon said. “Your comedy is great for you…I think our audience is going to love you.”
Kristy Sellars – Pole Dancer
Kristy is a pole dancer, but she incorporates an amazing multimedia story to go along with her performance. AGT has never seen anything like it. This time, she physically interacts with the video screen behind her. It’s pretty cool, kind of an Alice through the looking glass story. Really trippy, that’s it. There are so many things to look at. She has improved her game since the last time.
The judges are standing. Simon looks dumbfounded. “I’m very, very impressed,” says Heidi. “Your imagination is amazing.” Sofia admires the precision of her gesture. “Even better than your audition.” Simon calls it “incredible…it’s one of the most brilliant and amazing creative acts”. Howie jokes: “Finally a pole dance that I can get the whole family to see.” I hope she will move on.
Blade 2 Blades – Throwing Knives
These two are brothers, the third generation of acts of danger. During their audition, Simon participated, as knives whizzed past his face. This time… the fire of course! They spin an assistant on a wheel and throw knives at her. yuck. Out of it comes the fire that they throw at each other. It’s more like that. The female appears on a pole. As she swings, the brothers throw knives at each other, the idea being that she is a moving target. Dangerous! AGT had better danger acts, though.
Sofia compares the act to a duel. Simon compares it to watching a horror movie, but in a good way. “You had the biggest reaction from the audience tonight.” Howie thinks they “bring something we need”. Heidi calls it intense and terrifying. They are the only remaining danger act in the competition, which is why the panel pushes them.
urbancrew (Flyers of the South) – Dance group
The band began performing on the streets of the Philippines. When their audition aired on AGT, the country went nuts. Their audition has over 11 million views. Too bad these people can’t vote, huh? The group mixes hip-hop dance and acrobatics. They use hoops as props this time which is different and elevates their game. They jump with and through the hoops. A lot of things could go wrong, but they don’t.
“It made me feel amazing,” Simon says. He admires their preparation and discipline. “It was the most exciting and entertaining act of the night.” Heidi says, “You’re an adrenaline rush, fun-loving joy, my favorite act of the night.” Sofia says, “You did everything tonight, the energy, the danger…it was perfect.”
Aubrey Burchell – Singer
Aubrey works at a Target in Pittsburgh. She uploads videos of herself singing in the bathroom. She did the american idol Top 70 in 2018. She chooses a song, “Loved by You” by KIRBY which shows the more bluesy side of her voice. Keeping the instrumentation simple is key. Too often, the track overwhelms the singer. But here, his voice is in the foreground. She would be a worthy runner-up, but sadly, only two acts advance this week. Good phrasing and lead vocals from Aubrey. And some whistles! She had a moment this time.
Howie calls the song choice “cabaret”. He’s stupid. Heidi loved the song, “you could really show off your amazing range.” Exactly. “There was nothing annoying about you tonight. You looked amazing. Perfection,” says Sofia. Simon calls it “really cool”. He agrees that a more familiar song could have been better. But he thinks it doesn’t matter. “You have been brilliant. You have a starlight around you.
Shu Takada – Yoyo artist
Japanese yoyo artist Shu combines yoyo and dance. This time he works with LED yo-yos, adding extra pizzazz. He swings around his yo-yos as he works on stage with a big smile. He jumps off the stage. For a second, it looked like Heidi would have a face full of yoyos.
Eric, Simon’s son, loved it. “You are a true world champion.” It is sure to be a big online clip. “You have a chance to be in the final.” Heidi says, “It was amazing.” Sofia says he makes the yo-yo “cool”. Howie declares that he has redeemed his country. Ouch. It refers to the previous act, Travis Japan, which he buzzed. Unnecessarily mean.
Mayyas – Dance Group – Buzzer Sofia Vergara
They are the first female Arabic dance troupe to perform on AGT. They share how difficult it is to be a dancer in the restrictive Arab world. Their dance routines feature undulating, precise movements that are mesmerizing. At first they look like a field of snakes before they separate. Then their movements resemble those of an insect. Then it becomes surreal, as they move, like the trees in the forest come to life. It was wonderful.
Sofia charges the stage to hug them. Simon thinks the moment will change their lives, but also change the world. “It’s the talent of the world.” Heidi thinks they are “ready for Vegas”. Howie says, “You create a mighty creature…best time I’ve seen in AGT history.”