With two performances left until the $1 million prize, the remaining ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestants really have to put everything on the line in the semifinals. So whose performances prevailed and whose failed? Find out with our recap right here!
First up was Sal Valentinetti, who sang Frank Sinatra‘s “That’s Life.” Although Mel B thought Sal was entertaining, she thought he held back a little bit. But Heidi Klum disagreed because she said Sal “sang the hell out of it,” and Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell agreed. Simon even advocated for Sal to be voted into the finals!
Blake Vogt brought his original magic back to the stage, which was superhero themed using the superpowers of invisibility and flight. First Blake started with a card trick, then he made himself fly right in front of the audience’s faces. Heidi wasn’t as enthused as she normally is with Blake’s tricks, but the rest of the judges were. Curious what America will think, because frankly I am siding with Heidi this week — and I’m usually in awe!
Grab your tissues for this one. After sharing a sweet story about finding each other, Ryan and Nikki of Edgar joined their daughter Jaslyn for a chilling rendition of Rascal Flatts‘ “Bless The Broken Road.” The threesome once again brought their A-game for an incredible performance and had all four judges on their feet. They certainly set the bar high for the other singers of the night!
Next we see the only comedian left in the competition, tween Laurie Mae Hernandez. She based her comedy around the Olympics, then transitioning to talking about Barbies and throwing in a total diss to Miley Cyrus. In fact, she closed out her routine slamming all of the judges and even Nick Cannon (and Mariah Carey, at that). Simon must be in a great mood, because he has told everyone so far that they’ve had their best performance yet tonight. He’s definitely not helping America make any decisions!
It’s been a while since we’d seen high school a cappella group Musicality, and man did they make a comeback with their version of Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way.” Although there weren’t any power notes, they sounded great. Mel B wasn’t impressed, but Simon acknowledged that they have come a long way. No surprise, he wants them in the finals too…
Deadly Games involved more than knives in their latest act, making for another thrillingly dangerous routine. They started out with a whip, then moved on to knives, then used a crossbow — and executed everything flawlessly! While Heidi and Howie gave some rather risqué critiques discussing how sexy Deadly Games’ act is, Mel B declared it was her favorite performance of the night!
Tape Face picked a random guy from the crowd to do his semis routine, which used balloons to do a Wild West-type shootout…but with balloons and a staple gun rather than anything truly violent. He usually does more than one thing in his acts, but for some reason he didn’t this week. Although I’m not sure that’s enough to hold up against the competition, he seems to have millions of fans across the country, so I could easily be proven wrong!
Our second magician of the night, NFL magic man Jon Dorenbos, based his routine on his job as a long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles. He had the judges snap or throw footballs at a giant map of the United States, which led to a very complicated (but unbelievable) routine that’s really unexplainable (see below). Once again he blew everyone’s mind and even got Simon to call him a genius. Couldn’t agree more!
Grace VanderWaal channelled Miley with a double bun hairdo, but was far from Miley in her performance. She kept her adorable ukulele and raspy voice charm, but honestly it was kind of hard to hear her until she belted it out toward the end. Apparently the judges didn’t agree because they shot right out of their seats when she was done. Heidi predicted that Grace would be one of the last two people in the competition…will she be right?
Malevo brought the heat once again with a fiery routine — until they involved water! Feeling some serious Beyonce/Kendrick Lamar “Freedom” vibes on this one. The guys totally raised the bar, because holy crap that was FANTASTIC. You can really tell they want this bad!
Laura Bretan told the story of how much her late grandfather loved opera music, and I was already almost in tears before she even began singing. She gave yet another wowing performance that was probably her best yet. While Simon has been promising a finals spot to almost everyone tonight, he thinks something is “seriously wrong” if Laura doesn’t make it. If America listens to Simon, nothing will be decided in the results. Then again, no one really “failed” tonight per se, so it’s going to be a tough elimination as it is!
HollywoodLifers, which acts do you think were the best in this week of the semis? Who do you want to win AGT? Tell us below!