‘America’s Got Talent’ Recap: Forte Takes The Semi-Finals By Storm

Wed, August 28, 2013 12:30am EST by 13 Comments
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It was the first night of semi-finals for 12 ‘America’s Got Talent’ acts on Aug. 27 and the competition is intensifying. The fight for the top spot is on!

Week after week, we were floored by incredible quarter-final performances on America’s Got Talent. The semi-finals have finally arrived and we couldn’t be more excited. There’s no room for error on the stage and the judges definitely took a criticism up a notch. Take a look at HollywoodLife.com’s top five favorite performance from the first 12 semi-finalists!

Top 5 Performances Of Aug. 27

5. Innovative Force

Flips and turns and flying! Oh my! These dancer-acrobat hybrids are crazy good. With their increasingly difficult stunts, these ladies are stepping it up each and every week. Their flexibility, agility, and ability to toss their teammates sky-high make for a heart-stopping performance. Howard Stern admired their bravery to perform such dangerous skills and thought they did an “amazing job.” Heidi Klum thought they were great and “explosive” on the stage.

4. Collins Key

It doesn’t matter what the judges say, we’re still in love with Collins Key. His semi-finals act was a tad confusing but it didn’t lack in the wow department. He once again involved the judges but also invited the audience and Twitter into his act. His act involved predicting the characteristics of a lucky lady in the audience who would receive a date if the predictions were correct. His trick went smoothly and he even accurately predicted the location of the date: Central Park! This performance may have been puzzle, but Collins has the charisma and stage presence to continue on.

3. Taylor Williamson

Who would have thought this awkward comedian would be one of our favorite acts of all the finalists? Taylor continues to wow us with his sarcastic comedy and his adorably awkward aura. Making people laugh is effortless for him and you’re anxiously awaiting what he’ll say to make you laugh next. Let’s not forget to mention that amazing moment when Heidi licked her lips back at Taylor. Wowsers. It was the first standing ovation from Howard, who said he was “terrific.” Howie Mandel said he was “brilliantly funny” and “deserved to go on.” Touché, Howie.

2. Cami Bradley

After such an amazing performance of Cher’s “Believe” in the quarterfinals, it was going to be tough for Cami to top that song. However, she did a solid job in her rendition of the Elvis Presley classic “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Week after week, Cami continues to draw so much emotion into her performance and it definitely sets her apart from the rest of the singers. Even though Mel B thinks Cami has an “amazing voice,” she thought the performance was a “little boring.” She was going for a more gentler performance Mel B! Give her a break! Howard took the thoughts out of our heads and said “we can’t help falling in love with you.” Ditto, Howard.

1. Forte

There was no act better to close out the night than this epic group. Forte blew us and the rest of Radio City Music Hall away with their powerful performance of Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody.” Seriously, these guys are amazing. Howie declared that Forte has “solidified a career” in the music world and went so far as to say that he thinks they just sent fellow singer Jonathan Allen home! As much as we like Jonathan, Forte is on fire. The rest of semi-finalists better watch out.

So HollywoodLifers, what did YOU think of the first semi-finals performance? Which act was your favorite? Let us know!

WATCH: Forte Closes Out The Night & The Competition With ‘Unchained Melody’

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Joan Brozzetti

Posted at 2:12 PM on August 29, 2013  

Forte blew me away as they have since their very first performance. I’ve watched Fernando for many years now and knew he would go far. Although I don’t know the other two, they are simply fabulous as well and put all together, their sound is amazing. Joan

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Susan Burns

Posted at 12:09 PM on September 4, 2013  

what is the name of the song they sang- the last time at Radio City

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Posted at 1:13 AM on August 29, 2013  

Our electric went out right before one direction i never found out who won

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Posted at 10:59 PM on August 28, 2013  

I thought INNOVATIVE FORCE by far, was THE best act of the evening!!! These ladies practice for hours on end and only had a week to get it the way they wanted it to go. For the time continuum, I thought they performed exceedingly well. They deserved to continue to the finals. WTG!! INNOVATIVE FORCE and may the FORCE be with you!!!

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Posted at 9:10 PM on August 28, 2013  

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I call BS on AGT and Forte. These guys sound great…and they should. They are professionals. Howard Stern is waxing poetic about how they didn’t suffer from nerves like the others did. Well of course not…they’re professionals. Google Josh Page, Fernando Varela and Sean Panikkar. You’ll see that the first two are protégés of David Foster (the guy behind Josh Groban) and Panikkar travels the world performing with various operatic companies. And people like Jonathan Allen and Cami Bradley are supposed to match up. It’s just not fair. I used to think that Stern was the stand-up guy in this show. I guess not so much.

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anthony torino

Posted at 1:43 PM on August 29, 2013  

I do agree with you on Forte. The first time I heard them and saw how professional they were I new that they have been around for a while. And your right about Stern on forte but most of the time he is right on about most of the talent. I am not a big fan of the two lady’s.

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Posted at 5:20 AM on August 30, 2013  

The name of the show isn’t ammateur night in America, it is America’s Got Talent and it is a variety showcase meant to give people who have a wide range of talents an opportunity to show their skills and in some cases, to widen their audience bases. I work with a lot of artists who work for years to perfect their talent as an artist and to develop a career in music, however, in addition to hard work and time, it also takes being in the right place at the right time and taking advantage of opportunities. Just because an artist has been trying to develop a career in the music business and has a web site shouldn’t make any difference on how they are judged or seen on TV. This is a talent contest and they should be judged on their talent and performance, not on their back story or history. All that Howard was doing was pointing out the obvious, that Forte does have composure, why should a group like Forte be penalized just because they have taken a chance on themselves and put in all the effort to hone their skills and be as professional as possible. The other groups should look at them as an example of what to aspire to, and just work harder to raise their game to the same level. Personally I want to see the best America has to offer, and to discover new great talent, whoever they are and wherever they come from. There are thousands of professionals entertainers in the USA who are amazing, but, not at all known outside of their own region who deserve a lot more recognition and AGT is a great showcase for that kind of talent. If you want purely ammateur entertainment tune into Honey Booboo.

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anthony torino

Posted at 3:28 PM on September 2, 2013  

don’t you think that your remark is a little off the wall. How can you compare apples to oranges.

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Posted at 12:09 PM on September 9, 2013  

I agree

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Posted at 12:12 PM on September 9, 2013  

I meant to say I agree with RJZ….

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Posted at 10:40 AM on August 31, 2013  

Cami is also a professional with an album as is Marty Brown. If you actually research the contestants almost all of them are professional and were invited to sing in the competition. This is not an amateur competition. It is one of the few competition shows that allows professionals with management to compete. In fact they encourage it. American Idol is specifically for unrepresented amateurs. This show is not. If you don’t like watching the show, watch a different one.

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Posted at 9:04 PM on August 28, 2013  

FORTE! These guys are phenomenal!!!

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Posted at 12:01 PM on August 28, 2013  

tbh i think your dead right except for collins keys. dave fenley should be in the 4 spot

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