America’s Got Talent: August 14 Recap

It’s time for the America’s Got Talent live shows! This is what all of these acts have worked for – to earn their way past the judges and on to America’s votes.

There were 12 acts tonight and only seven will survive.

America’s Got Talent Performance Breakdowns

Kicking off the show is the Diabolo’s Mochi, who I have to admit, did an amazing job this week. I wasn’t really a fan of his before but I found myself mesmerized this week.  

Next up was The Human Fountains and I can do without. I’ve hated them since the beginning and Simon gave them a red buzzer – thank you Simon!

Angel City Chorale is a wonderful chorus and they went third. There are more than 100 members of this group who sang my favorite song, “This is Me,” and they sounded wonderful, but again, let’s think about this – a million dollar act? I know Simon adores them, but I can’t see it as a final act. Howie said the music went right through everyone in the auditorium.

The Pack Dance Team: Now before you boo me, I agree with Howie that they are a high school dance performance group and really not on the same caliber with the other dance groups in the competition. I was not impressed with this performance at all. Mel didn’t like the performance halfway through and didn’t like the music choice at all. Simon liked the performance and, on that note, I can’t agree with him.

Singer Amanda Mena, who got the Golden Buzzer from Mel B, was up next and this young girl has pipes. She sings Pink’s “What About Us” and I thought it was a great rendition.  

The dance group, Junior New System, that performs in heels, started off looking more like a cheerleading group than a dance troupe. Their acrobatics hit, but I’m not impressed (am I just grumpy tonight?).  When they change to heels, it’s a little more fun, but it’s a shtick we’ve already seen and I’m really not impressed compared to their first performance. Mel is screaming for them – I don’t get it, sorry.

We Three – the family singing group who lost their mom – is up next and my other half absolutely loves them. While I think they are very good, I like some of the other singers better. I do hope they get a contract out of this though. The lead singer looks a little like Justin Timberlake. Heidi and Mel stand for the act and Howie says “I thought that was amazing.” Heidi says they have a beautiful sound. Simon said it didn’t work tonight and it wasn’t a step up.

Lord Nil came to the stage and was locked up over a tank of water and his girlfriend, Mia, was locked over a tank of snakes – it was her first performance ever. It was a double death escape and my anxiety levels could hardly handle that type of performance. Neither could Mel – she buzzed him. She also hit the Heidi’s buzzer too. I think that Tyra should have stop announcing it and that there should have been dramatic music in her place.

Fourteen-year-old rapper Flau’Jae followed Lord Nil and she had a motivating performance with Letdown. Mel loves her messages, courage and maturity. She loved the flow, but didn’t like the other stuff about the performance.

Slight of hand artist Shin Lim was mind boggling with his card trick that made an entire deck disappear. Mel said he does it so smoothly and Simon said he needs a little more of a performance, but loved his act.

Comedian Vicky Barbolak: I was really rooting for her, but didn’t like this set as much as I did her first audition. Simon and Howie love her and I do too, but I’ve seen other performances of hers that were better.

This last act tonight has had over 200 million views online and was Howie’s Golden Buzzer – she’s Janice Joplin reincarnated for sure. Fourteen-year-old Courtney Hadwin is painfully shy but when she gets on stage — Oh My God. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag. To watch Simon Cowell get up and give Howie Mandel a hug for putting her through is amazing. I’ve never heard Simon use the word “outstanding” but she really was. If she gets the votes, she is the absolute frontrunner of this competition.

About Lisa Iannucci

Lisa Iannucci has been interviewing professional athletes and Olympians, sports writers and film/tv personalities for more than a decade. Her book, A Film & TV Lover's Travel Guide is now available:

About Lisa Iannucci

Lisa Iannucci has been interviewing professional athletes and Olympians, sports writers and film/tv personalities for more than a decade. Her book, A Film & TV Lover's Travel Guide is now available:

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