‘America’s Got Talent': Travis Pratt & Jonathan Allen Stun With Operatics

Wed, June 12, 2013 12:42am EST by 18 Comments
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After a season premiere full of incredible performances, the bar was raised especially high for the June 11 contestants of ‘America’s Got Talent.’ So these acts upped the ante — and the emotion.

There’s almost too much talent on America’s Got Talent! The June 11 episode of the hit reality show brought a variety of performances, from unbelievable singers, to circus acts, to sassy kid ballroom dancers. The backgrounds behind some of these contestants were astonishing — and let’s just say there were a few tears in our eyes during some of them.

Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were back again, this week in San Antonio and New Orleans. The talent just keeps on getting better, and we’re loving every minute of it.

Top 5 Performances From June 11 Episode

5. Sam Johnson: The Handstand Man

In the most death-defying stunt of the night, Sam stuns the audience as he does a handstand on top of an 80-foot pole — that’s swaying in the air, with no harness and no net. SAY WHAT?! Host Nick Cannon said it best: “There’s crazy people on this show,” but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Sam gets mad props for his bravery and we wonder what this circus-trained dad will bring next.

4. Alexanderia The Great: The Female Escape Artist

An escape artist is about the last thing you’d expect as an act from a 51-year-old mom. However, Alexanderia upped the girl power and was able to free herself — and relieve some of our anxiety — from her shackled hands and feet with 30 feet of chain wrapped around her. Did we mention this all took place underwater? After more than a minute and a half underwater, Alexanderia resurfaced and shocked everyone. Howie claimed, “I think Houdini has been reincarnated,” and Howard said, “That is a tough act follow.” Bravo, Supermom, bravo.

3. Paul Thomas Mitchell: Star On The Rise

This guy isn’t the hair aficionado. No, this 19-year-old songbird has star power all his own. After a rocky upbringing — his mom abandoned him and his dad is a recovering alcoholic — this kid has nothing to lose. In a velvety smooth voice, he sang his original song “My Life” and it was simply beautiful. The judges were widespread in their love for him and Howard said “I like the tune and I think you sold it as a performer.” We’re sold on Paul too, Howard, rest assured.

2. D’Angelo & Amanda: Dancing With The Kids

After his sister Ruby wowed the judges with her own ballroom dancing routine right before him, we wondered if this 12-year-old from Miami could upstage his little sister. He stole the show from his sister as he and his partner Amanda jazzed up the stage with their routine. This duo had precision far beyond their years and their dancing chemistry was off the charts. Howard even claimed that “This is why I came to San Antonio. I was waiting for you two.” Dancing With The Stars doesn’t have anything on these kids.

1. TIE: Travis Pratt & Jonathan Allen: Opera’s Next Biggest Hits

There was no way to choose between these two great performances. The first talent of the night was Travis Pratt, and in the most unsuspecting performance, he astonished everyone with his incredible operatic voice. Howie even asked if he was lip-syncing, and Howard called the audition “outrageous.” He revealed that he never would have auditioned if it wasn’t for his girlfriend, so he does what any incredibly romantic guy would do — and proposed to her on stage! She said yes; and after his exquisite performance, how could she not?

Jonathan Allen first touched our hearts as he revealed his parents kicked him out when he was 18 for being gay. Then, he amazed us with his marvelous rendition of Luciano Pavarotti‘s “Time To Say Goodbye,” and trust us, it was superb. He received a standing ovation from all four judges for his take on the famous operatic pop song and Howie declared, “With your talent, this show has become your family, and we’d like to say, ‘welcome home.'” Mel B, who sang with Bocelli, told Jonathan he did the song justice. It was just a totally unexpected, powerhouse performance.

The June 18 episode of America’s Got Talent is on at a special time (8/7c) so don’t miss it! Who knows what new talent the show is going to bring next!

So HollywoodLifers, what did YOU think was the best performance? Let us know what you think!

WATCH: Jonathan Allen Performs ‘Time To Say Goodbye’

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Everything you see.god is watching you.I hope your parents will get a lot of trouble .there will get more into trouble . My parents are appect it of me.there are my legal guardian parents.of support.of you.I think you can be yourself. Vanessa if you are like me I will be to meet you. I wish.

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Jonathan Allen. I know is hard for you. But you are not going back home. The answer is no.I trust
That you will make it work to win. I,m from,tucson az but I’m half handcaip as will.still live with my
Parents. I wish I was gay but I,m not.I do had top secret about it for watching online.com
Don,t know why.but you can make this to sing couples of songs. The one you sing before I realling
Like it on my iPad.if I can,t love her,the prayer. You raise up if you bet the forte boys. You are safe.
Do it for Heidi .for my birthday do it for please. All my friends from school there are handcaip. I,m done and graduation 1993 I was about of age 22 . Now I,m 41 turning 42 on October 21 1971

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Please do it for me. Is. Hard to spell this word. Sorry about that.watch the the video on the forte boys . You will make it.please delete this note please.everthig you see delete the whole thing.
Thank you.

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Richard Sands

Posted at 12:13 AM on July 28, 2013  

Jonathan Allen is no Pavarotti. Travis Pratt, Now there’s a voice. Not a Freak as Howard called him. A true COUNTER-TENOR. I hope that you will consider him on call back. Love the show
keep up the great work of discovery. (with a little work and direction, Travis WILL BE A STAR.)

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Susan Lemmon Folmar

Posted at 11:07 PM on June 26, 2013  

Great job Jonathan Allen, God has blessed you with a God given talent.Persue your dreams and be the best you can be! I admire your courage and you sharing your story. Continue to love your parents, they may see the light someday and no your a good person, believe in yourself!

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Posted at 11:54 PM on August 27, 2013  

i vote for jonathan on america ‘s got talent

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Laura from Chicago

Posted at 7:23 PM on June 22, 2013  

Wow! I just heard this talented young guy sing (Johnathan Allen) and I have the CHILLS – what an absolutely gorgeous voice. I hope he wins the whole thing!!!!! (and his parents are really missing our cause he seems so nice, too.)

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Cedric Roels

Posted at 1:23 PM on June 15, 2013  

Indeed, I agreed with jempi, this song wasn’t ever sung actually by Il Maestro, Luciano Pavarotti.

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Posted at 5:01 PM on June 14, 2013  

‘con te partiro’ or ‘time to say goodbye’ as he recorded it together with Sarah Brightman is sung by the blind Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli not Pavarotti.

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Posted at 8:41 AM on June 13, 2013  

Does anyone else get a creepy stage parent vibe from the dancing kids? This is thier third shot at it. When does it all end……dancing babies?

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Posted at 10:34 AM on June 25, 2013  

YES! THANK YOU! 100% agree about both the creepy stage parent vibe and also, shouldn’t there be a moratorium on eligibility if they’ve already made it to the FINALS (last year)?!

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James Bauer

Posted at 2:33 AM on June 12, 2013  

Jonathan Allen not only has an amazing voice, but he has amazing courage as well. I really hope he goes far.

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Posted at 5:51 AM on June 12, 2013  

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Suzanne Boone

Posted at 1:30 AM on June 12, 2013  

Mel B. said Pavarotti, she sang with him. You wrote the Wrong opera singer.

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Scott Conti

Posted at 12:47 PM on June 12, 2013  

Exactly and she got the wrong Opera singer. Pavarotti didn’t sing time to say goodbye so she got it wrong as well.

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Hal Lowe

Posted at 2:05 PM on June 12, 2013  

Mel cited Pavarotti as a probable idol of Jonathan’s which he concurred with. She never said Pavarotti had sung Time to Say Goodbye.

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Posted at 1:15 AM on June 12, 2013  

Jonathan is AWESOME!!! His parents have lost out to an amazing blessing – that has to be a sin to push out an angel like that!

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david jones

Posted at 7:14 AM on June 12, 2013  

jonathan dont look back ,you have a long way to go you are going to the top shame on your parents lots of love david

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