The live shows of ‘America’s Got Talent’ continued on Aug 12, and with the million dollar prize within reach, the competition is certainly heating up! Mel B certainly knows that better than anyone. During Mike Super’s magic act, the judge actually got burned — ouch! Read below for a full recap of the night’s performances!
What a night on America’s Got Talent! Full of action packed and surprising performances — one that even left Mel B, 39, with a burn mark on her hand — prompted judge, Howie Mandel, 58, to call the night, “the hardest ever to judge.” Read below for all the details!
The Judges Favorite Acts Of The Night
Howie started off the show by recognizing the tragic and untimely death of Robin Williams on Aug, 11. Despite his sadness, the judge was looking forward to seeing some great talent that would hopefully help to fill, “the giant void that has been left behind,” by the fallen actor’s passing.
Dragon House “The Agents” took the stage first, and with the challenge of wanting to look like CGI animation, this group always has to be perfectly in sync in order for the performance to work. Mel B had big things to say about the group, dressed in all white suits, calling them, “everything.” All of the judges were in agreement, but Howard Stern did have a word of advice for the group,”love what you do, but you can’t do the same thing every week.”
Dance group, Cornell Bhangra, was up next and brought some light to the stage wearing their signature colorful outfits. One member even surprised the judges when he popped out from an audience chair and joined the rest of the group onstage. This was the first time that the judges had seen the group. Thanks to the Today Show viewers, the group was able to make it straight to the live shows. All of the judges loved the group, but Mel B was the biggest fan calling them, “off the chain!”
Dad by day, mystifier by night, Mike Super, took the stage with his spirit, Desmond. Adding electricity to the air, Mike asked Mel B to join him on stage, and placed Desmond inside of her. When asked if she believed in Desmond she said no, so Mike had a scary spice doll that Mike would touch and Desmond would replicate on the judge herself. In a cool twist, Mike lit the dolls hands on fire, and Mel had small burn marks on her palms — so scary! While Howard liked the act, he professed to hating Desmond and asking Mike to return without him. Howie and Heidi Klum loved every part of it — sorry Howard, you are alone on this one!
Adrian Romoff, is definitely a child prodigy. While Adrian is only 9, he has advanced all the way to tenth grade. The young entertainer graced the stage showing off his amazing piano playing. At the beginning of his performance he even got so enthusiast that his glasses fell off! That didn’t slow him down one big and he was able to continue with ease. Howie and Howard were completely in awe of his, Howie even called him “boy-thoven!”
AcroArmy, was amazing! At one point, a man was balancing on another member’s head with one arm! People were flipping and being thrown across the stages in perfect synchronization, it was crazy! All of the judges were in agreement and called them, “true performers.”
Wendy Liebman, started off a little slow with her comedy routine, luckily she got a few laughs out of Howie. Then as she got into the swing of things and was joking about her age, the judges were cracking up! Howard even called her a “rock star!”
Sons of Serendip, sang Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game.” Bringing a slower and more peaceful sound to the stage, this musical four-some definitely stood out. While the men has known each other for a few years, they have only been a group for five months — so crazy! They received rave reviews from every judge, especially Howie who said, ” I feel good, I am so soothed.”
Blue Journey‘s animation and dance combo never ceases to amaze! The judges and audience were definitely in agreement on this one, and gave the duo a standing ovation. Mel b even proclaimed, “I want this act to win,” — wow, big compliment! Howie also gave them a huge nod saying that they are, “the best dance group ever on the show.”
Christian Stoinev, is a 5th generation circus performer who is a seasoned acrobat with the help of his adorable dog, Scooby! At first just Christian came out, but in a grand entrance, the stage opened up and Scooby came out to a huge round of applause and definitely was ready to performance. Christian balanced and was flipping upside down, while Scooby was balancing right on top of his owners feet! So cute! Heidi called it one of her favorites of the night, and complimented Christian on his body. Howard called it his favorite act of the night!
The Judges Least Favorite Of The Night
Anna Clendening, 21, took on Christina Perri‘s huge ballad “Human,” for her live performance. Hitting the high notes with ease, Anna had the crowd on their feet. Anna, who struggles from an anxiety disorder was thanked by Howie for being so open and honest, especially in light of Robin Williams tragic death. While Howie was a big fan, Howard wished that Anna had been a bit more edgy, but otherwise she received all positive notes!
Musical brother duo, Kieran & Finian Makepeace, tackled “Lights” by Ellie Goulding. While their harmonies might have been on point, Heidi was not feeling it, and called the performance “sleepy.” Meanwhile, Mel B came to the guys defense and claimed that they “made it their own.” Unfortunately for Mel, Howie and Howard agreed with Heidi.
Singing One Direction‘s “You & I,” soldier, Paul Ieti, brought his unique voice to the stage. While Howie and Mel B loved it, Howard was not sure that he would make it through, saying that this night was just filled with too many good acts.
With so many great acts, and only 5 spots open to advance to the semi-final rounds, America certainly has a tough job ahead of them!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree with the judges critiques? Who was your favorite act of the night?
— Caitlin Beck