America’s Got Talent: Simon Cowell smacks his buzzer against three acts as 11 semifinalists perform
The 61-year-old franchise creator and judge panned stand-up comic Kabir ‘Kabeezy’ Singh, 37, psychic comedian Peter Antoniou and Colombian strength act Rialcris by hitting his ‘X’ buzzer.
Simon took a hard stance with the finals just a week away and only five spots available in the season finale for the second batch of 11 semifinalists.
Three strikes: Simon Cowell hit his buzzer disapprovingly three times on Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent as 11 semifinalists performed for a spot in the season 16 finals
The show started with 1aChord, a male singing trio from Greensboro, North Carolina, who transformed the Police song ‘Every Breath You Take’ into a gospel hymn.
Longtime judge Howie Mandel, 65, was wowed by their performance and said they clearly ‘stepped it up.’
Heidi Klum, 48, told them that what they did to the classic rock song was amazing and that they ‘blew the roof off the building.’
‘I honestly think this performance may change your life,’ Simon told them.
Franchise creator: The 61-year-old franchise creator and judge panned stand-up comic Kabir ‘Kabeezy’ Singh, 37, psychic comedian Peter Antoniou and Colombian strength act Rialcris by hitting his ‘X’ buzzer
First up: The show started with 1aChord, a male singing trio from Greensboro, North Carolina, who transformed the Police song ‘Every Breath You Take’ into a gospel hymn
Roof blown: Heidi Klum, 48, told them that what they did to the classic rock song was amazing and that they ‘blew the roof off the building’
UniCircle Flow, a 12-member group from Japan, performed their synchronized unicycle routine to ‘Physical’ by Dua Lipa.
After one cyclist jumped into the hands of another, Sofia Vergara, 49, told them she loved their new tricks.
Simon said their change in music really amped up their performance and Howie said he found their act ‘so unique’ and that they really stepped it up since their last performance.
Hit song: UniCircle Flow, a 12-member group from Japan, performed their synchronized unicycle routine to ‘Physical’ by Dua Lipa
New tricks: After one cyclist jumped into the hands of another, Sofia Vergara, 49, told them she loved their new tricks
Unique act: Howie Mandel said he found their act ‘so unique’ and that they really stepped it up since their last performance
Quick-change artist Léa Kyle transfixed the judges with what appeared to be 16 seamless instant outfit changes. Her final outfit was a long red dress that was showered in rose petals.
Heidi told her Golden Buzzer pick that she proved that she was the best quick-change artist that they had ever seen on the show.
‘It was so exciting, you can change so many times,’ Heidi said. ‘I think you are a million dollar act.’
Super fast: Quick-change artist Léa Kyle transfixed the judges with what appeared to be 16 seamless instant outfit changes
Best ever: Heidi told her Golden Buzzer pick that she proved that she was the best quick-change artist that they had ever seen on the show
‘Today was perfection,’ Sofia told her.
Simon also loved her performance and told Léa she would be a huge hit in Las Vegas and even Howie told her that she was a ‘show stopper.’
High praise: ‘It was so exciting, you can change so many times,’ Heidi said. ‘I think you are a million dollar act’
Kabeezy’s stand-up act was about dating and with jokes about how he didn’t want to break up with his girlfriend because he didn’t want to go back to the gym.
Howie smiled through his act, but Simon did not find his routine funny and buzzed him off .
‘Simon, really?’ yelled Kabeezy. ‘Boo this man.’
Dating jokes: Kabeezy’s stand-up act was about dating and with jokes about how he didn’t want to break up with his girlfriend because he didn’t want to go back to the gym
Buzzer hit: Howie smiled through his act, but Simon did not find his routine funny and buzzed him off
Simon told him he buzzed him because his act was ‘not very great and I just thought giving you a buzz, it kind of made the act better weirdly.’
Howie told him comedy was hard and there was a lot of pressure.
Heidi told him there was something about him as Kabir got his hopes up.
Under pressure: Howie told Kabir that comedy was hard and there was a lot of pressure
‘I’m married, it’s not going to happen, but you are very cute,’ Heidi said.
Northwell Health Nurse Choir performed Andy Grammer’s inspirational song ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’.
Heidi, Sofia and Howie all loved their performance.
She’s taken: ‘I’m married, it’s not going to happen, but you are very cute,’ Heidi told the comic
Nurse choir: Northwell Health Nurse Choir performed Andy Grammer’s inspirational song ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’
”Can I be honest? I didn’t like it,’ Simon said.
Then he said, ‘I LOVED it.’
Psychic comedian Peter of Seattle delivered an act that centered around the only job he ever quit – working at a photo lab. He said he quit because his psychic powers were overpowering around all the photos. He asked show host Terry Crews, 53, to help with picking a photo from the 2,000 photos that were sent in by viewers.
Seattle psychic: Psychic comedian Peter delivered an act that centered around the only job he ever quit – working at a photo lab.
Without looking, Terry picked a photo which Peter put in a sealed envelope and gave to Simon to safeguard. Later, Terry with Peter guiding him guessed exactly what was in the photo.
Heidi told him that she thought he was the perfect package and would be great for Vegas.
His trick with Sofia didn’t work out and Heidi said maybe it was because Sofia wasn’t being open minded.
Psychic blocked: Sofia stumped the psychic who got her answer wrong
Simon then struck his buzzer as Peter tried to explain the mishap.
Pint-sized nine-year-old opera singer Victory Brinker stunned everyone when she sang a version of Nessun Dorma.
Simon told her that he loved that she was not only talented, but also fearless.
Buzzer fan: Simon then strruck his buzzer as Peter tried to explain the mishap.
Good effort: Peter tried to explain that his psychic abilities were sometimes a little off
Powerful voice: Pint-sized nine-year-old opera singer Victory Brinker stunned everyone when she sang a version of Nessun Dorma
‘That is what we need in the finals,’ he said.
Heidi told her she was a star in the making and encouraged her to drop the microphone because her performance was that good.
Sofia said her singing gave her ‘goosebumps’ and Howie told her that she had a good chance of winning the $1 million grand prize.
Mic drop: Heidi told Victory she was a star in the making and encouraged her to drop the microphone because her performance was that good
ChapKidz Dance Crew from Fairfield, California performed a spirited routine.
Heidi told them that each one of their moves were perfect and precise and declared that they danced themselves into the finals. The crew went wild when Simon told them that they had the best performance of the night.
‘You are so talented, so amazing, and you work so hard,’ Simon said. ‘I absolutely love you.’
Killed it: ChapKidz Dance Crew from Fairfield, California performed a spirited routine
Sofia also wanted to see them in the finals and Howie told them he thought they were great.
Colombian strength act trio Rialcris balanced off of each other to do handstands on top of the hands of each other.
One of the men even supported two of his fellow members handstands holding each with a single hand.
Colombian brothers: Colombian strength act trio Rialcris balanced off of each other to do handstands on top of the hands of each other
Impressive feats: One of the men even supported two of his fellow members handstands holding each with a single hand
Simon was not impressed and buzzed them off.
Sofia disagreed and thought their act was ‘amazing.’
Simon told them he had seen the same act every time and that ‘it got boring after about 30 seconds.’
Not impressed: Simon was not impressed and buzzed them off
Heidi said she liked it and Howie told them they had ‘strength, trust and danger and made it work.’
‘I don’t know another three people that make STDs work for them,’ Howie quipped.
Josh Blue, a comedian who has cerebral palsy, did an act about the Paralympics. Before he came out, his daughter joked that she might vote for another act because she didn’t think her father was that good. He told everyone he was a member of the Paralympics soccer team and how his coach used to make them dress alike.
Funny guy: Josh Blue, a comedian who has cerebral palsy, did an act about the Paralympics
Sofia told him his act was so funny.
‘You are brilliant and you are so inspirational,’ Sofia said. ‘You are amazing.’
Simon told him he was funny and ‘very naughty and that’s what I love about you.’
Naughty comic: Simon told him he was funny and ‘very naughty and that’s what I love about you’
Simon and Howie both told him that he had a chance at winning.
Brooke Simpson, an indigenous pop singer, was the final act of the night and she brought all the judges to their feet.
Simon told her he thought she was an amazing singer and that she really deserved to be on the show next week. Sofia told her she was a ‘pro’ and was ‘loving everything you are doing.’
‘You shine so bright, it’s almost blinding,’ Heidi told her.
America’s Got Talent will return Wednesday night on NBC with a results episode.
Standing ovation: Brooke Simpson, an indigenous pop singer, was the final act of the night and she brought all the judges to their feet
Sofia Vergara and co-judge Heidi Klum hit the red carpet ahead of America’s Got Talent
Sofia Vergara wows in a black wiggle dress while co-judge Heidi Klum pulls the eye in a yellow power suit ahead of America’s Got Talent
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America’s Got Talent is inching closer to the finale.
And judges Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum looked eager to see what the remaining competitors had in store ahead of Tuesday’s second semifinals round.
Vergara, 49, showcased her famous hourglass physique in a black bodycon dress with rhinestone detailing as she strutted down the night’s pre-show red carpet.
Eager: Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum looked eager to see what the remaining competitors had in store ahead of Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent second semifinals round
The Modern Family alum displayed her bright red pedicure in a pair of silver platform heels.
She accessorized with a silver and black bangle on one wrist and several statement rings on her fingers.
Sofia’s brunette tresses were styled in sleek strands that flowed down her back and chest as she posed for shutterbugs.
Klum, 48, made jaw drop in an eye-catching bright yellow blazer with matching flared trousers.
Stunner: Vergara, 49, showcased her famous hourglass physique in a black bodycon dress with rhinestone detailing as she strutted down the night’s pre-show red carpet
Sleek: Sofia’s brunette tresses were styled in sleek strands that flowed down her back and chest as she posed for shutterbugs
The runway maven drew attention to her tiny waist by cinching her jacket in with a cloth belt.
She wore her signature dirty blonde hair down and styled in voluminous beach waves.
A clear lover of details, Heidi made sure her dramatic manicure matched the color of her ensemble.
Eye-catching: Klum, 48, made jaw drop in an eye-catching bright yellow blazer with matching flared trousers
Voluminous: She wore her signature dirty blonde hair down and styled in voluminous beach waves
As for makeup, the former Project Runway host rocked a bold red lip and a smokey eyeshadow look.
Once inside the Dolby Theatre, Heidi and Sofia took to Instagram to give fans a look at their behind-the-scenes antics.
First, the Colombian actress snapped an ultra sexy selfie from the comfort of her judge’s chair, before inviting the German-born stunner to take a photo with her.
Strike a pose: The Colombian actress snapped an ultra sexy selfie from the comfort of her judge’s chair which she shared with her Instagram following
Selfie time: Moments later, Sofia invited the German-born stunner to take a photo with her
Behind-the-scenes: Klum had some fun with filters ahead of Tuesday’s semifinals in an Instagram Story clip showing off her and Sofia’s socially-distanced seats
Klum had some fun with filters ahead of Tuesday’s semifinals in an Instagram Story clip showing off her and Sofia’s socially-distanced seats.
Although Sofia and Heidi stole the show, fellow judge Howie Mandel left his mark on the night’s pre-show carpet.
The 65-year-old comic looked suave in an all-black suit, complete with a fitted jacket and trousers.
All in the details: A clear lover of details, Heidi made sure her dramatic manicure matched the color of her ensemble
Bold: As for makeup, the former Project Runway host rocked a bold red lip and a smokey eyeshadow look
Howie donned a pair of round black glasses frames as he struck several fun poses for the cameras.
America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews closed out the carpet in a big way by modeling a unique ombre suit.
The 53-year-old actor layered an orange dress shirt beneath his jacket, while slipping his feet into a pair of snazzy leather shoes.
Making his mark: Although Sofia and Heidi stole the show, fellow judge Howie Mandel left his mark on the night’s pre-show carpet
Nice frames! Howie donned a pair of round black glasses frames as he struck several fun poses for the cameras
Last week, the AGT judges – and viewers at home – sent five acts onto the finals, with this week’s second round of semifinals expected to add five more to the mix.
As reported by ET, aerialist Aidan Bryant, the World Taekwondo Demonstration Team, magician Dustin Tavella, stand-up comic Gina Brillon and Broadway singer Jimmie Herrod were the lucky acts chosen during last week’s show.
Tonight, 11 remaining acts will compete in the second round of semifinals, with the results being revealed during Wednesday’s show.
Last but not least: America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews closed out the carpet in a big way by modeling a unique ombre suit
‘America’s Got Talent’: Brooke Simpson Closes Out 2nd Semifinals With Powerful Ed Sheeran Cover!
America’s Got Talent returned on Tuesday for the second semifinals night of season 16! ET is following along throughout the two-hour episode to break down all the best, biggest and most surprising moments from the night!
Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum will be judging and voting on the cream of the crop contestants who made it past the challenging quarterfinals as the remaining hopefuls give it their all in hopes of keeping their AGT dreams alive.
During last week’s live results show, the judges selected five acts to move on to the finals — including aerialist Aidan Bryant, the World Taekwondo Demonstration Team, magician Dustin Tavella, stand-up comic Gina Brillon and Broadway singer Jimmie Herrod. Tonight, the last 11 semifinals will do their best to make the cut in tomorrow’s results show.
Tonight, the fun kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, and you can follow along with ET for a look at all the acts who gave it their best shot during the second semifinals round of America’s Got Talent.
Brooke Simpson’s Belts Out Ed Sheeran Hit to Close Out the Semifinals
Brooke Simpson says in her pre-taped package that she wants to become the first indigenous mainstream pop star.
Tonight, it truly feels like she’s taken a big step forward toward that goal with a powerful performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” that is just awe-inspiring.
Brooke closes the number out by hitting a next-level high note and earns a standing ovation from everyone, including all four judges.
Simon says the performance, especially the second half was “spectacular,” and tells Brooke, “I think you are an amazing singer, an amazing person and you really, really deserve to be here next week, genuinely.”
“It’s like you were born to do this. You’re a pro,” Sofia marvels. “And every time you show up here, to me you look more beautiful every time.”
“You shine so bright, it’s almost blinding,” Heidi adds. “This was a stellar, stellar performance!”
Viewers will have all night to vote, and tomorrow we’ll find out which of tonight’s hopefuls make it to the finals, and which end up going home.
Josh Blue Brings Heart to His Comedy
Josh Blue famously uses his disability to find the humor in life, and tonight he has an amazing bit about paralympians that only he could ever get away with delivering.
His experience and crowd control, paired with his emotional pre-taped package about being a father to two loving kids, is just charming and endlessly lovable.
“Josh, you’re so funny. Every time you come here, you make us look at each other and laugh,” Sofia says. “You’re brilliant and you’re so inspirational because, you know, whatever your condition, it has not stopped you from living your best life.”
“You’re just funny and that’s what it’s all about,” Simon says. “I think we’re going to be seeing you next week and you’ve got a shot at winning this.”
Rialcris Adds Fire, Still Gets Buzzed
Rialcris are a trio of hand-balancing acrobats form Columbia who have Sofia in their corner each time they hit the stage — and tonight is no exception.
The group comes out with an act set to fire and heavy rock, and featured all three members performing handstand tricks and complex balancing routines on each other’s shoulders and outstretched arms.
For some reason, Simon decides to buzz them half-way through, and it looks like Sofia is going to punch him. Howie is baffled as well.
The guys finish up the act and Sofia is the first to share her feedback.
“First of all, I don’t care what Simon says he knows a lot about music but what does he know about balancing?” she quips. “I thought it was creative, very exciting, I thought it was dangerous and very contemporary. And not because they’re Colombian but they look super good up there. And I thought it was amazing.”
As for Simon, the judges explains why he buzzed, sharing, “Everything was great. I just think we’ve seen the same act every time.”
“I don’t see an improvement and I think it got boring after 30 seconds,” he adds.
Howie and Heidi disagree, and share their praise for the effort and tenacity the guys exhibit on stage.
Chapkidz Up the Ante
Chapkidz might be young, but they aren’t kidding around when it comes to going all the way to the finals.
This megatalented dance crew is putting it all on the line tonight for their semifinals routine, as they are doing everything they can to get viewers on their side and voting.
To hammer the point home, the routine ends with a few of the members ripping off their jackets to reveal the letters of the word “FINALS” spelled out across their shirts.
“Being honest, I think this has been the best performance of the night so far,” Simon marvels.
“I can’t wait to see you guys in the finals because I want to see you guys dance again,” Sofia shares.
Victory Brinker Is On the Brink of Victory
This 9-year-old opera diva delivers consistently flawless performances and tonight her voice is even more powerful and mind-blowing than ever.
The performance is paired with some breathtaking production elements and her soaring vocals bring the judges to their feet.
“That song is like climbing the tallest mountain in the world and you conquered it, Victory. Good for you!” Simon says. “You know what I love about you? Not only are you talented, you’re fearless. And that’s what we need in the finals.”
“You are a star in the making, we’re so proud we found you!” Heidi shares.
Howie adds, “I watch you and it doesn’t make sense to me! I watch you, this adorable little girl, and that sound coming out? You have a good chance of winning the $1 million.”
Peter Antoniou’s Act Has Big Hits and a Few Misses
Peter Antoniou is a psychic illusionist and tonight’s act is as complicated and convoluted as they come.
He has thousands of random photos, and had the judges pick some and then guesses what’s on them (basically, this is a VERY minimalistic summary).
At one point, in the grande finale moment, he manages to get Terry to psychically imagine what is on Simon’s photo, and it proves to be correct. Terry is clearly baffled by how it’s possible.
However, something goes wrong with Sofia and Peter full-on misses with his guess of what is on her photo, and the weight of that misstep hangs on the whole act.
“The thing with psychic powers is it’s never 100 percent,” Peter says, explaining how it went wrong. “One of the scary things is I can’t guarantee I can get everything right every time. “
Northwell Nurse Choir Brings the Tears
If you didn’t think the Northwell Nurse Choir was going to make you cry, you probably weren’t counting on a pre-taped package featuring their friends and family sending the video messages about how much they’ve changed their lives and are heroes.
This group made of front-line medical workers have been hailed as singing heroes, and it’s absolutely true. Every performance has been inspiring, hopeful, beautiful and life-affirming in a way that hits hard.
Their number tonight proves exactly how much they deserved the Golden Buzzer back in the audition round. Belting out a cover of “Don’t Give Up On Me” by Andy Grammer, the group wins a standing ovation from all the judges and everybody in the theater.
Howie, fighting back tears, says he’s “beyond proud” of the choir, and marvels at the touching power of the performance.
“You really spoil us,” Heidi shares. “You help all of us with our health and now you give us this gift of an amazing performance.”
“You just make me feel so good and your songs define you,” Simon shares. “You know, we nearly didn’t make the show this year because it was really tricky and if we hadn’t made the show, we wouldn’t have found you. And, my god, the world needs you right now.”
Kabir Singh Pokes Fun at Love
Kabir Singh is one of three stand-up comics to make it to the semifinals and he’s got a fun, loveable energy that is naturally magnetic.
Poking fun at his relationships, the world of dating, being an Indian in America and the challenges of modern life.
His nervousness is readily apparent, unfortunately, and Simon seems to just find him boring, as he ends up buzzing Kabir in the middle of his set!
“It wasn’t going great,” Simon says, explaining why. “I thought by giving you a buzz, I think it made the act better weirdly.”
“As somebody who does comedy every day, a red buzzer or a boo is a great pat on the back to just go for it,” Howie share. “Comedy is hard and there’s a lot of pressure tonight. You’re always likable. I think that it didn’t go as well as you probably would have loved it to go, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t millions of people at home that are laughing and they’ll be the ones that have to vote.”
Quick Change Artist Lea Kyle Brings Magic and Fashion
Lea Kyle is, unquestionably, the best quick change artist working today.
Her love for fashion and magic is clear in every moment of her act and it’s breath-taking every time she hits the stage.
This week, she elevates her act above anything she’s done thus far, and the climax involves in an explosion of red rose petals that transform her outfit into a flowing red gown.
Lea’s magic, and her stage presence, is next-level. Howie calls her act a “show-stopper” and says he’d go to a show just of her pulling off an act like that.
Simon had nothing but love for the act, sharing, “That performance just defined what this show is all about. It was genuinely a million-dollar performance. This is an act I genuinely believe will be a huge hit in Vegas. This is what the Luxor needs, what we need, what the final needs. Congratulations.”
UniCircle Flow Gets Physical
This group of unicyclists took a bit of a tumble during their quarterfinals act, but it just proved to the judges how great they really are at overcoming challenges.
Tonight, they are determined to show the judges what they are capable of — and it’s truly something.
Employing a purple and silver color scheme and quasi-disco vibe, this troupe of unicycle dancers is more talented at synchronized unicycle dancing than most groups are at just regular dancing.
Sofia praises the group’s choice to change their outfits to show off the unicycles, and Simon celebrates their decision to update to a more modern song.
All in all, the judges love it. Now it’ll be up to America to give them another chance in the finals
1aChord Brings Inspiration and Joy
This trio of talented singers have only known each other for seven months, and their chemistry as a musical group is undeniable.
“Our lives completely changed in our college cafeteria if all three of us had not been together at the same time on that day at the same time, none of this would have happened,” the singers share in a pre-taped package. “We were brought together for a purpose and our lives were better for it.”
The group hit the stage for a rendition of “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, but add a fun, energetic gospel element, joined by a backup choir and a lot of production value.
The performance gets a huge round of applause from the audience, and a standing ovation from Sofia and Heidi.
“I love the song choice, I loved that you had some choreography, I loved all the production,” Howie marvels. “You stepped it up.”
“This was amazing!” Heidi yells. “You blew the roof off the building… you did a better job [with that song] than Sting did.”
“The vocals were insanely good,” Simon says, “I think you guys have just laid down a marker for what we’re looking for in the final.”
We’re Getting Close Now!
After a long season, hundreds of hopefuls, countless jaw-dropping performances, were right on the precipice of the finals!
Tonight’s second semifinals will bring on the last 11 hopefuls vying for five remaining spots in the grand finale — meaning for six contestants, tonight is their final performance of the season.
We’re in for some really incredible live acts tonight, from a child opera diva to a group of handsome acrobats to a truly talented comedian, there’s a lot of talent that’s set to his the stage tonight.
Here we go!
Check out the video below to hear more from the judges about this season’s live quarterfinals rounds!
‘AGT’: Brooke Simpson blows Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel away with Ed Sheeran cover
“America’s Got Talent” is one week away from crowning a champion, an amazing feat considering Season 16 almost didn’t happen.
Simon Cowell revealed on the second and final round of semifinals on Tuesday that NBC “almost didn’t make the show this year because it was really tricky” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If we hadn’t made the show,” Cowell told Northwell Nurse Choir, “then we wouldn’t have found you and my God, the world needs you right now.”
The group of 18 nurses who worked at the frontline during the pandemic in New York performed an emotional rendition of Andy Grammer’s “Don’t Give Up On Me” in their signature scrubs, which provided a striking visual to poignant lyrics: “I’m not givin’ up, givin’ up/ No not yet/ Even when I’m down to my last breath.”
“I can’t separate your story from your talent,” Mandel said to his Golden Buzzer winners. “With that song, you just touched 10 million people and you are healing us… We need you in the finale.”
The final five spots in next week’s finale are up for grabs. And the competition is stacked. The group of 11 semifinalists includes three Golden Buzzer winners: Northwell Nurse Choir, Heidi Klum’s quick change artist Léa Kyle and 9-year-old opera singer Victory Brinker, the show’s first-ever group Golden Buzzer.
‘AGT’ premiere: Northwell Nurse Choir of frontline workers win Golden Buzzer
Brinker performed a heavenly rendition of “Nessun Dorma,” earning a standing ovation from the judges and crowd. It was a no-brainer for Cowell: “Of course I’m on my feet. That song is like climbing the tallest mountain in the world and you conquered it. Not only are you talented, you are fearless and that’s what we need in the finale.”
Klum called her performance a “mic drop” act, literally. She instructed the young singer to drop the microphone on stage. Don’t worry, Klum said, “I’ll pay for it.”
Kyle brought the heat to an enchanted rain forest at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre with more than a dozen outfit changes in just under two minutes during her best act yet.
“You proved again today that you really are the best quick change artist we’ve ever had,” Klum said. Sofía Vergara called her “perfection,” Mandel said she was a “showstopper” and Cowell said Kyle “will be a huge hit in Las Vegas.”
But the coveted Golden Buzzer status is no longer synonymous with frontrunners after two Golden Buzzer acts found themselves on the brink of elimination last week.
Cowell said Chapkidz, a group of dancers aged 12-18, had “the best performance of the night so far,” besting Golden Buzzer winners Kyle, Brinker and Northwell Nurse Choir.
“You are so talented, so amazing, you work so hard I absolutely love you,” Cowell told Chapkidz. Klum added, “I really think you danced your way into the finals.” (For what it’s worth, a dance group has never won “AGT.”)
Despite getting off to a “shaky” start, singer Brooke Simpson delivered a powerful cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits.” Cowell said she’s “an amazing singer, an amazing person and you really, really deserve to be here next week, genuinely.”
Mandel added, “Indigenous people owned America and I think with this performance, you took it back.”
Vocal trio 1aChrod, composed of singers Julian Kennedy, Christoff Hairston and Tavis Cunningham, hit a high note on their spiritual rendition of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and it’s safe to say they took the judges breath away.
“The vocals were insanely good,” Cowell applauded. Klum said the trio did “a better job than Sting did” on the classic rock song. “Sorry Sting,” she added.
It’s hard to believe the group only formed 7 months ago after meeting at a lunch table at UNC Greensboro in North Carolina. But they are more than singers. Kennedy revealed he has autism and Asperger’s syndrome and was “bullied because of how different I was,” but Hairston and Cunningham embraced him.
“I love the relationship you guys have,” Vergara said.
Comedian Josh Blue is also not letting his circumstances define him. The comedian, who has Cerebral palsy, earned rave reviews over his Paralympics-themed comedy sketch.
“I think we are going to see you next week and you have a shot at winning this,” Cowell said. Mandel called it “the year of comedy” and “the year of Josh Blue.” He would become the first comedic act (that’s not a ventriloquist) to win “AGT.”
However, not everyone rose to the occasion. Comedian Kabir Singh earned a red buzzer from Cowell in the middle of his sketch, where he joked about his dating life, Indian heritage and his mother.
“I didn’t like today. I don’t know what happened to you,” Vergara said, while Cowell patted himself on the back: “It wasn’t going great. I thought by giving you a buzz, I think it kind of made the act better weirdly.”
The second and final group of semifinalists were rounded out by singer Brooke Simpson, mentalist Peter Antoniou, unicycle dance group UniCircle Flow and acrobats Rialcris, who earned a red “X” from Cowell.
“We’ve seen the same act every time. Very slow. I don’t see an improvement and I think it got boring after 30 seconds,” Cowell said. The rest of the judges disagreed. Vergara said, “I don’t care what Simon says. He knows a lot about music but what does he know about balance.”
But it’s not up to the judges to decide who moves on. It’s up to America.
Fans can vote up to 10 times for each act on NBC.com/AGTvote and the “America’s Got Talent” app. The seven acts advancing to the semifinals will be revealed during Wednesday’s results show, which will include guest performances from “AGT” alum Deadly Games and Duo Transcend (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT).