Guest judge, actress and activist Laverne Cox joins the ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges for the last round of cuts before the live show begins! We are SO ready for this!
“I want to see passion and I want to be moved,” guest judge Laverne Cox told host Tyra Banks before the first performance of the night. Tonight on America’s Got Talent, the fate of 20 acts will be in hers and the judges hands. Only seven can move on to the live show, and Laverne can use her golden buzzer on one of them!
First up was dancer Oscar Hernandez, 34, whose parents were against his dancing and pushed him toward sports. Now, Oscar gets to chase his dream and perform for one of those live show spots! Dancing to “Bang Bang” by Jesse J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, with several cheerleaders at his side, Oscar totally crushed his performance! From the splits to the jumps to the booty shaking, Oscar brought his A-game and the judges couldn’t agree more! “Do not ever give up on your dreams!” Laverne told Oscar. Fingers crossed for Oscar!
South Korean magician Jeki Yoo, 29, performed an incredible, close-up card trick for the judges. Having Laverne sign the card and Heidi put a sticker on the card, Jeki shuffled the card into the deck and it would magically appear underneath a small egg he brought out with him! Simon Cowell, who didn’t like Jeki’s audition in the first round and actually gave him a “No,” said that he definitely stepped it up this time and was impressed! We’ll see what happens!
Herbie Russ, 54, is a saxophone player and singer. Singing “Get By With A Little Help From My Friends,” the bluesy singer with a jolly grin blew everyone away with his deep, rocking vocals. Laverne snapped along to Russ’s explosive performance and cheered him on. “You’re in the running,” Simon assured Herbie after his performance. Next up was NYC-favorite Mike Yung, the Subway singer, who sang “A Change Is Gonna Come” with a guitar accompaniment. His heartfelt, soulful performance gave everyone all the feels.The judges were extremely complimentary of Mike, we’re hoping he makes it through! And if not, we know that Mike and Herbie have found a life-long friendship with each other.
Brobots & Mandroidz are an incredible dance group from Torrance, California who are currently facing the pressure of their parents who want them to go to school instead of dancing. Dancing to a remix of “Swalla,” the guys were perfectly in sync and went with a “House Of Cards” theme. “I really like you guys. I get real friendship and fun,” Simon complimented the crew. Fingers crossed!
Celine Tam, 9, is an outgoing, adorable singer. For Judge Cuts, she dedicated her song to her little sister, Dion (get it, Celine Dion?) Singing “How Am I Suppose To Live Without You?” the little powerhouse put smiles on everyones faces. “You are so adorable, I might just have to…” Laverne Cox exclaimed before putting her hands onto the Golden Buzzer! Celine is going right to the live shows!
Rock ‘N Roll king, JayJay came back to perform on his electric keyboard and wake the judges up! Dancing around the stage, showing off his incredible talent, JayJay rocked out in his zebra-print top and insane hair. “I always get the sense the rest of the band got back in the time machine and left you here,” Howie Mandel told JayJay. “I shouldn’t like you but I do,” Simon said, laughing.
Diavolo, the dance company founded by Jacques Heim, combines dance with architecture and or their judge cuts performance, the group will be using hollow stairs to tell their story. Jumping off the structure into each other’s arms, moving the giant props throughout the stage, Diavolo brought their talent to the competition!
Bello, a stuntman who wanted nothing more than to impress Simon, decided to become a human cannon ball and be shot out of a cannon, over top of a helicopter and then land on a bullseye. Human cannonballs rarely survive, and with his family watching, Bello successfully landed his stunt — and almost gave Simon a heart attack! Woo!
Preacher Lawson, a comedian, was surprised by his mom who he hasn’t seen in three years! The heartfelt reunion kicked off his amazing standup performance. Going through a hysterical date scenario, Preacher had the entire crowd laughing out loud! “This kid is a star!” Howie exclaimed, while Mel B rubbed her jaw from laughing so hard.
Rollerblading duo, Billy and Emily England, showed off their incredible talent while staying centered on their small white circle. Doing dangerous lifts and turns, the brother-sister pair had one final stunt that has never been done before. Holding on to her brother’s beard, Emily was airborne while balancing on the roller skates. Judge Simon Cowell literally started to BOW to the pair! “It’s the best act of the day!” Heidi Klum exclaimed. Wow!
The acts going on to the live shows are Oscar Hernandez, Brobots & Mandroidz, Diavolo, Billy and Emily England, Mike Yung, and Preacher Lawson!
HollywoodLifers, who was your favorite act of the night?