‘America’s Got Talent’ Recap: Catapult Entertainment Wins The Night

Wed, August 21, 2013 12:25am EDT by 20 Comments
America's Got Talent August 20
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It’s the final week of performances before the semi-finals of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and the Aug. 20 show was — without a doubt — the best one yet!

After weeks of incredible performances, America’s Got Talent has arrived at its final 12 acts before the semi-finals. The Aug. 20 live episode included sibling rivalry, soulful singing, and one performance that one judge said could not be followed. Take a look at HollywoodLife.com’s top five favorite performance from the final dozen talents!

Top 5 Performances Of Aug. 20

5. John Wing

This 53-year-old comedian had just the right amount of dry wit and sarcasm to change up a night filled with sequins and songs. What we love about John’s act is that it’s grounded in realism, he doesn’t have to rely on celebrity voices to bring life to his act. The judges praised his performance. Mel B said he was “bloody funny” and Howie Mandel even gave him a standing ovation.

4. Virginia State University Gospel Chorale

Let’s just take a moment to praise this soulful gospel group. This group totally brought out the spirit and soul to Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.” Their energy is unmatchable, you can’t help but clap your hands with them. Not only is their group as a whole fantastic, but their solos are amazing as well. Mel B said it best about this gospel chorale: “Your energy is just on point…I wanted to jump out of my seat and join you!” So did we, Mel B. In fact, we may have done just that.

3. Dave Fenley

This seemingly rough around the edges singer totally nailed his rendition of Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble.” Dave’s soothing, raspy voice coupled with his touching performance made for one of the best acts of the night. Howard Stern and Heidi Klum both thought he did a fantastic job. The only critique that Howie had was that Dave try and dress better. Seriously, Howie? Dave has one of the most unique, original voices on the show. He doesn’t need to change one thing.

2. D’Angelo & Amanda

Talk about fierce! As if the stakes weren’t high enough for the competition, but D’Angelo is also competing for a spot against his sister! However, D’Angelo took the lead against his little sister tonight. D’Angelo and his partner brought down the house in a heart-stopping performance. The intensity and focus both of them had was just incredible, especially for being so young. Howie called their performance, “beautiful, perfect, precise” and Mel B said it was “flawless.” This case of sibling rivalry is one we can’t stop watching.

1. Catapult Entertainment

Closing out the night was the Catapult Entertainment dance group. Dancing entirely with their shadows, this group stole the show with their poignant and visually stunning performance dedicated to the Newtown families. From a castle to a bicycle to an entire journey of life, this group’s talent is truly unparalleled. All of the judges and the audience were on their feet in praise of Catapult. Heidi fittingly said it was the “best act of the night.” Howie loved the fact that they were the final act of the night and even declared, “I promise you that there isn’t anyone who has performed on this stage that could follow you.” Wow, that’s a strong statement. However, we kind of agree. After tonight, Catapult has made themselves unforgettable in this competition.

So HollywoodLifers, what did YOU think of tonight’s acts? Which one was your favorite? Let us know!

WATCH: Catapult Entertainments Tells A Beautiful Visual Story


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Steve Hackett

Posted at 6:48 PM on September 14, 2013  

How sad, some people can’t appreciate Catapult simply because Silohuettes or some act from Philippines did shadowing first. Using that reasoning, the Beatles sucked because they weren’t the first rock group.

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Nicholai Mungcal

Posted at 1:00 AM on August 29, 2013  

El Gamma Penumbra of the Philippines are still the Best!

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Sheila F.

Posted at 10:23 PM on August 21, 2013  

And another thing, Mel B ?????Booty! You have to be joking! What an insult to the other talents!

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Sheila F.

Posted at 10:21 PM on August 21, 2013  

You are all correct! El Gamma Penumbra are excellent! So who is copying who here,Catapults

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Maryann Cito

Posted at 10:12 PM on August 21, 2013  

Catapult is just a copy cat of the Silhouttes. The judges are insane for saying they have never seem anything like that before. We judges with better memories.

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mhb1234

Posted at 10:08 PM on August 21, 2013  

Some judges are just idots. Not mentioning any persons name,.but she picked booty as her wildcard. You need to pick somebody that deserves it. Boy did she blow it.

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Lucy Goosy

Posted at 9:44 PM on August 21, 2013  

The comedian from last year who was runner-up (?) I think, was just downright NOT funny. He was vulgar and an insult to all really good comedians!! Just my opinion . . .

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Steve Hackett

Posted at 5:58 PM on September 14, 2013  

You’re crazy, Tom Cotter is one of the best ever, and deserved to win last year. I’m going to gladly pay to see him in a few weeks.

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Nicholai Mungcal

Posted at 8:36 PM on August 21, 2013  

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Richard Kirkpatrick

Posted at 3:11 PM on August 21, 2013  

I thought we were at 20 semi-final acts? And, for the record, I did not think this was the best group of 12 by a long shot.

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Shawn Bronald

Posted at 1:36 PM on August 21, 2013  

Seriously, is everyone just a moron? Howie was joking about Dave dressing better. Did anyone pay attention at all?

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KathyNYC

Posted at 1:34 PM on August 21, 2013  

Catapult was amazing – if you don’t mind that they stole their entire act from Silhouettes who did the same thing with KIDS two years earlier. I couldn’t vote for that. Plus to use Sandy Hook to get votes. Ugh

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Mark Aquino

Posted at 9:03 AM on August 21, 2013  

Hah! If u think that’s an amazing performance from Catapult Entertainment, that’s nothing from El Gamma Penumbra from the Got Talent of Philippines!!! They’re even hired to endorse the tourism of the Philippines! Go check em out!

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Nicholai Mungcal

Posted at 8:34 PM on August 21, 2013  

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davidp

Posted at 7:17 AM on August 21, 2013  

Let’s give Cat Stevens some credit for the song “Trouble” after all he wrote it and made it a hit.

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Posted at 10:12 PM on August 21, 2013  

that’s not what this post is for

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Nicholai Mungcal

Posted at 2:52 AM on August 21, 2013  

A message for the judges…Shadow play by the Catapult Entertainment: please watch a video on YouTube called “El Gamma Penumbra”/”i choose Philippines” 4mins & 57sec long video of these Filipino talents performing shadow play. It just makes me wonder if any of the Catapult’s idea of their performance actually came from the Philippines. Because if it was, I will be more than proud as I already am to be a Filipino. Please don’t get me wrong, the Catapult Entertainment did great tonight. Thank you.

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Posted at 1:34 AM on August 21, 2013  

talent in american can only be seen when money is involved!!

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