‘America’s Got Talent’ Recap: Branden James Brings Down The House

Wed, July 24, 2013 12:38am EDT by 9 Comments
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Yes! We finally made it to Radio City Music Hall! The best of the best performed amazing acts on the July 23 episode and got the first live show off to a great start.

America’s Got Talent found its way home to Radio City Music Hall on the July 23 (live!) episode. The competition is getting more intense, as it’s now up to viewers to vote for their favorites via phone, online or Twitter. HollywoodLife.com rounded up our top five performances — and who we think should move on to the next round!

Top 5 Performances From July 23

5. Alexanderia the Great

This mom blew our minds with her death-defying stunts! For her first performance in Radio City Music Hall, Alexanderia was wrapped in 25 feet of chain, in a straitjacket, and locked underwater. What?! She had us on the edge of our seats as she finagled herself out of this stunt. Howie Mandel called the act “thrilling” and Howard Stern praised her by saying her hero Houdini would be proud.

4. Hype

This adorable dance crew, based out of Hawaii, is a refreshing treat from all the wild acts and emotional singers we frequently see on America’s Got Talent. Their new number was a fun, movie-themed performance to Frank Sinatra’s “I Won’t Dance.” Sinatra may not want to dance, but this trio sure can! The boys are just fun to watch. Even though the judges weren’t too keen on their performance, we loved it!

3. Kristef Brothers

Who knew a strength act would have so much glitter involved? The Kristef Brothers once again wowed us with their acrobatic wonder. Only this time, there was lots and lots of glitter thrown around! The guys added a little bit of humor with their outrageous girly costumes, but it didn’t take away from their insane balancing act. Howie was amazed and called it the “best act of the night.” Let’s put it this way: At one point, one of the Brothers was balancing himself with one hand — on the other’s head! It was crazy!

2. Collins Key

We seriously cannot get enough of this adorable magician. We keep wondering how he will top his last trick and he continues to stun us every week. This week, the judges had to tweet out answers to questions he asked, and then Collins retrieved a paper from a box where it was revealed he accurately predicted the judges’ answers! Howie got it right when he said, “Collins, you continue to dazzle us and are the new face of magic.” Howard loved him, too, but told him to stop crying so much. Mel B said, “Not only are you amazing but you’re a nice guy.” She also said the ladies think he is “hot.” That is one very accurate statement, Mel B.

1. Branden James

Seriously, anytime the Josh Groban song “You Raise Me Up” comes on, who doesn’t cry? And Branden completely stunned us with his rendition of the song. He received a standing ovation from Howie, Heid Klumi, Mel B and the entire audience — and rightly so. We agree with Mel B and Howard that Branden has “such grace when he sings” and “takes command of the stage like a pro.” Branden, we applaud your emotional performance tonight and we just know you’ll make it far in the competition. Radio City Music Hall is the perfect place for you!

HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite act of the night? Who do you think will be eliminated? Sound off in the comments below on what you thought about tonight’s episode!

WATCH: Branden James On ‘AGT,’ July 23

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robin

Posted at 12:56 PM on July 26, 2013  

Branden’s rendition of this song was stunning. I will be watching and voting for him.

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Nevin

Posted at 9:44 PM on July 25, 2013  

This guy needs to leave. We get it, you had a hard life and your family didn’t accept you when you came out… this is the story of most gay people. And by the way, he was flat when he sang on Tuesday and his dynamic contrast wasn’t there at all. Additionally, lest we not forget that there is another opera singer who has the same exact story…and he doesn’t lean on it like a crutch define everything about who he is as a singer and more importantly as a person. This guy needs to stop appropriating the hardship that (for many) follows coming out and not purely define himself by having America feel pity for him.

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Doug

Posted at 7:41 PM on July 24, 2013  

Branden is a fake. He’s no amateur. Check out his website. He’s been performing with the 12 Tenors since 2007 touring the world. MET Opera. Lyric Opera of Chicago. Puleeeez! Don’t vote for this guy.

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TJ

Posted at 9:33 AM on July 25, 2013  

I don’t care if Branden is touring the world. The fact of the matter is that I’ve never seen this guy performing before, he’s got a gifted voice, and I will vote for his talent, regardless of his back round, so there you have it. Or maybe you just don’t like him because he’s gay, and you don’t have the guts yourself to get out the closet……..oops!

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Donna

Posted at 5:05 PM on July 25, 2013  

Nope, you are wrong. There is another singer named Brendan James and if you look at his picture they are NOT the same guy.

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richard

Posted at 2:13 PM on July 24, 2013  

Last night the brother/sister act was a disgrace to the show. There was no talent and it is wrong to show this on this show with all the other wonderful talent that is being showcased. Shame of the producers and mandel.

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Shane

Posted at 11:17 AM on July 24, 2013  

branden Wasn’t That Great Last Night. The Two Brothers Were So Much Better. Branden Sung The Song Too High Pitched. Almost Ruined The Song.

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MArie Davis

Posted at 8:04 AM on July 24, 2013  

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Maria Bello (@mbello016)

Posted at 2:06 AM on July 24, 2013  

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