There’s no question that there are six phenomenal acts facing off in the ‘America’s Got Talent’ finale tonight, Sept. 17. America has voted and let’s just say that AcroArmy is the most original and talented of the terrific pack, and has earned the right to $1 million!
America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern was almost rendered speechless during the final performance show last night, Sept. 16. He was blown away by the incredible caliber of the finalists, a group that he pronounced the absolute best ever. But he made it clear that in his mind, the acrobatic gymnasts of AcroArmy were the best of the best!
‘America’s Got Talent’: AcroArmy Is Truly Original & Deserves To Win
But none of the other contestants competing to win the grand prize can boast the sheer bravery, bravado and originality of performance that AcroArmy can.
Quintavious is a remarkable young man who, at just 12 years old, commands a powerfully emotional voice that is stunning to hear. He has maturity and composure far beyond his years, and he never missed a perfect beat in his two performances last night — one of Etta James‘ “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and the other, a moving rendition of “Let It Be” by The Beatles.
Emily West, a seasoned 33-year-old singer with a soaring voice, who has been trying to make it in the music business for years, gave a moving performance of “Chandelier,” and then an even better rendition of Roberta Flack‘s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”
Listen — she was fabulous too. I have nothing but great things to say about her, Quintavious and the other singing acts, adorable heartthrob Miguel Dakota and the talented-to-the-max Sons of Serendip.
Then there’s the refreshingly original magician Mat Franco, who is also a worthy finale contender.
BUT — and here’s the big but — are any of the acts besides AcroArmy nearly as original as this standout troupe?
As terrific as Quintavious, Emily, Miguel and Sons of Serendip are, there are other fantastic singers here in America.
The music world is filled with astoundingly talented professionals who we already know and love, who have pipes to drool over. Shows like The Voice, American Idol and X Factor discover astounding singing talents every year.
AcroArmy Is Like A New Form Of Ballet
However, what you absolutely don’t see every year — or even every decade — is a troupe of acrobatic gymnasts, who can perform aesthetically beautiful and intricately composed routines.
AcroArmy, a group of 17 young people from ages 11 to 27, give jaw-dropping, high-flying performances every time they hit the stage. Their routines require the utmost grace, style, strength, split timing and sheer courage to pull off.
The amount of practice that these young athletes have to undergo to perfect their work is mind-blowing. Let’s just say, they can’t make a mistake. They must be perfect. If any one of AcroArmy’s 17 members misses a step or loses their grip, they risk injury to the other 16.
That means that there has to be implicit trust between the entire troupe.
But I don’t just think that AcroArmy should win because they have to practice more than any other contestants, and they risk injury. They truly deserve to win because of the pure beauty and originality of their performances.
Both their finale show performances, “The Immortals” and then “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark,” were magical. Their gracefully dramatic routines were like a new form of ballet.
Regular circus acrobats can’t compare to the AcroArmy, and only some of Cirque du Soleil’s acrobatic acts compare, but they don’t come close to the sheer original elegance of what AcroArmy does.
The troupe was created and led by choreographer Arthur Davis, a retired U.S. acrobatic gymnast. He’s pointed out that what AcroArmy does is not an Olympic sport. That’s so unfortunate. It deserves to be. But it also means that today AcroArmy is NOT replicated elsewhere in the world.
Singers with big, rich voices are fortunately well-represented on this earth. Performers pooling their talents together to create a visual feast like AcroArmy are not.
They deserve to win America’s Got Talent for the audacity of the dream that they have brought to life on stage. Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller
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