New year, new talent, and some new faces on the judges panel — is this ‘American Idol’? No, it’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’ The hit show returned for its eighth season and didn’t disappoint in any way.
Nick Cannon and the gang are back! The June 4 season premiere of America’s Got Talent brought out America’s best, and we can’t wait to see what this season has in store.
Sharon’s Out & Heidi Klum & Mel B Are In!
After Sharon Osbourne announced she was not returning for the hit reality show’s eighth season, the search was on for a new judge. We were over the moon when former Spice Girl Mel B (aka Scary Spice) signed on for the judges panel. However, we got a double dose of girl power when Project Runway host Heidi Klum also signed on to sit with Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, and newbie Mel B.
The Top 5 Performances From The Season Premiere
5. David Weathers: The Snake Handler
In the first act of the night, David literally scared us half to death with his rally with a live rattlesnake! With the audience holding its breath, David circled the snake while simultaneously blowing up a balloon. At first, we were confused as to what the meaning behind the balloon was, but then…POP! The rattlesnake launched and popped the balloon, just inches from David’s face. Whew, that was close!
4. Marty Brown: The Country Crooning Carpenter
This ordinary guy in a cowboy hat and a guitar seemed liked he would be easily forgettable, but raw talent proved us wrong. The 47-year-old carpenter from Kentucky stole our hearts as he sang Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” to his adorable wife backstage. Howard told Marty he was a “great, undiscovered talent” and Howie vowed to not judge a book by its cover ever again.
3. Angela Hoover: The Hilarious Impressionist
Making an audience laugh is one of the hardest tasks for a wannabe comedian to do. But for 42-year-old stay-at-home mom Angela, this was a breeze. The stand-up comedian did gut-busting impressions of Drew Barrymore, Celine Dion and Kristin Chenowith that made you swear they were in the room. Howie called her an “excellent, perfect impressionist” and Howard gave her a standing ovation. Wonder if she’ll ever do a Heidi or Scary Spice impression?
2. Catapult Entertainment: The Coolest Thing You’ve Never Seen
In one of the most original and innovative acts to ever grace the America’s Got Talent stage, Catapult Entertainment combines illusion and body magic to wow you. The group of dancers worked together and used their bodies and shadows to create objects — from a mountain, to a helicopter, to a house! This almost unexplainable talent suspended our disbelief and we loved every second of this new artistry. You know you’ve got talent when Howard Stern bows down to you — and that he did to Catapult.
1. Anna Christine: The Girl With A Voice Beyond Her Years
This 10-year-old girl from Henderson, Nevada, may seem like another ordinary child singer but Anna Christine literally floored us with her flawless rendition of The Animals‘ “House of the Rising Sun.” Not only does she sing — with a voice that everyone could only dream of having — but she’s also a double threat on the piano! Mel B was amazed at this singing wonder and boldly stated, “You have depth, and you can’t teach somebody depth.” Howard even exclaimed that they’d found a “superstar.” We agree with Howard and we can’t wait to see what she sings next.
These top talents are headed to Las Vegas and the reality competition series will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City starting July 23.
HollywoodLifers, what did YOU think of the season premiere of America’s Got Talent? Did YOU like Heidi and Mel B? Who was your favorite talent? Let us know what YOU think in the comments below!
WATCH: Host Nick Cannon Introduces ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 8
– Avery Thompson
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