On the Aug. 25 episode of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ some fared better than others, and one act was so terrible, they got four buzzers! Perhaps worse, judge Howie Mandel made a totally insensitive comment about eating disorders which he later had to apologize for! Yikes!
Finally, our final 12 acts performed on the Aug. 25 episode of America’s Got Talent, seven of whom will advance to the coveted semifinals in tomorrow night’s live results show. DADitude, the group of dancing dads, actually made AGT history– not in the good way– becoming the first ever group to get buzzed by all four judges during a live show. And Howie Mandel, 59, found himself in hot water following some of his judging comments. Weird night all around. Check out a full recap!
Starting things off on an intense (and very weird) note, was Chapkis Dance Family. It didn’t quite resonate. “There’s a lot of flailing,” Howard Stern said. Kinda agree– sorry, fam!
Next up, we actually went outside Radio City Music Hall, to witness some insane motocross from Metal Mulisha. I dare you to watch these high-flying stunts without your palms getting sweaty. Judging by the way Heidi Klum was grasping at her face, we’d say she agrees!
DADitude takes the stage and, well, it was worse than we could have imagine. In fact, the group of dancing dads got four buzzers, one from every single judge. Believe it or not, it’s the first time an act has been buzzed on all judging sides during a live show. Eesh. Sorry dads, but y’all are outta here.
Alicia Michilli, up next, fared much better (thankfully). Looking gorgeous in purple– and sounding even better!– she was a crooning star up there. She even got a standing O from Heidi, who called Alicia’s voice “haunting.”
Standup Gary Vider steps up next. He was lightly funny, but to me, not enough to make even a slight impression. “Each joke has to work,” Howie said. “Every joke worked tonight… comedy is subjective,” he added. Uh, I’d say so. Did we watch the same thing?
Mountain Faith was up next and, I have to say, as a devout non fan of folk/country music, the group’s take on Walk The Moon‘s “Shut Up and Dance” completely won me over. This is how you make a song your own and leave an imprint on an audience. Howie described it with what could only be called a celebratory yelp.
Next up, former financial wizard turned “mentalist” Oz Pearlman took the stage, next to a jar of gum balls. He managed to make Heidi spin all the way around, pretending it was a part of the trick before admitting it was “reading the mind of every man in america.” Misogynistic garbage. Anyways, the trick itself was actually mind blowing and gave me chills, but I’m not forgiving of that Heidi thing. “What just happened?” Mel B asked. Yeah, exactly.
Selected of God is next, the choir from Michigan. They take on the very modern (and decidedly not gospel) song “Impossible” by Shontelle. It’s definitely a toe-tapper, and I’d be happy to listen to them any Sunday or on my gospel Pandora station (you don’t know that I don’t have one!), but they aren’t really unique enough to win this thing.
Don’t keep reading if you’ve just eaten. Next is The Professional Regurgitator and, uh, yeah that’s precisely what it sounds like. This time, he asks to borrow Heidi’s ring– her ring which happens to be worth a half a million dollars. No pressure. He swallows it along with a lock and key, and a few other things. And then he brings them back up. Howie tastelessly likened it to bulimia and, honestly, this whole thing was just awful (so you should probably watch it below).
Dancer Benjamin Yonattan sashays away next. If you recall, Ben is blind and he completely kills this performance. It’s brilliant, it’s moving, I’m crying. Oh, and he is 14 years old. Bye.
Golden throated belter Daniella Mass is up next. Her operatic voice is beyond impressive. I feel like I’m watching Phantom of the Opera or, like, an actual opera. A little dull (but hey, this is a two hour show, people!). In all seriousness, she is so talented. “Mesmerizing” is how Howie described it. Yes.
Finally, the last performance ever before this season’s semifinals begin! Freelusion wrapped the evening up for us, creating an almost dystopian dance routine, complete with explosions and apocalyptic destruction. It sounds dramatic– and it was. Now this is something I hadn’t seen before, and it might very well have been the performance of the night. “Perfect, perfect, perfect,” Heidi said. Agreed.
What did you guys think of tonight’s performances? Did you think DADtastic was as terrible as the judges did?
— Casey Mink