America’s Got Talent continued last night as the Top 10 acts performed in an effort to secure a spot in the coveted Top 4. Last year’s champion Michael Grimm also returned to the stage for a special performance of his new single Stay With Me.
Here’s what judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel thought to each performance:
Miami All-Stars – Salsa dance group
The group performs a sports-themed routine, with the girls dressed as cheerleaders and the football uniforms. Piers buzzed them halfway through, later explaining that for him they “became a cheerleading act” and thought that the use of a mascot made them look “a bit silly.” Sharon wasn’t thrilled with the theme either but loved their energy and technical skill. Howie recognised that they were giving a salute to NFL kick-off week, but thought that this was too All-American and not specifically Miami enough.
If Miami All-Stars get through to the final they will have to think of something more original.
Lys Agnes – Opera singer
Lys Agnes gave an explosive performance of Aerosmith’s Dream On, which reminded Sharon of Cher. She noted that her lower register is “not very pleasant to hear” as she loses all the melody to her voice. She didn’t like the song choice and neither did Howie. He thought she ought to have sung something more like the audience is used to hearing from her. Piers disagreed, praising Lys for stepping it up and showing them something different. He contradicted Sharon somewhat by saying Lys had “perfect pitch.”
Landon Swank – Illusionist
The act sees Landon spit out a live goldfish from what was only a Goldfish cracker and then seemingly push his hands through glass to release the fish. Howie called him a “conjurer” with a “really amazing” act. He’s never seen anything like it, apparently. Sharon loved his “relaxed” presentation which was “so modern.” Piers didn’t know what to say but Landon made me giggle by admitting that it’s the first time the trick has ever worked. Well, he did it when it counted!
Anna Graceman – Singer
Anna prformed her own version of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours in what Piers called her “extraordinary voice” even though she missed a few notes in her lower register, because she is “incredible” when she belts. He compared her to Jackie Evancho from last year and admitted he was “torn” as Jackie had perfect pitch but did not have as big a voice. Howie said that at just 11 years old Anna is already a star. She wasn’t as good as last week, but is still in with a strong chance.
Silhouettes – Dance performance art group
The group got a standing ovation for their performance, which Sharon called “exquisite,” loving its simplicity and beauty. Howie it was the first act he’d seen in the show that definitely deserved to be in the finals. Piers loved the patriotic message (perhaps strange as he’s British) and called it “the best performance tonight by a mile.” Silhouettes is definitely an act to watch out for!
Smage Bros Riding Show – BMX daredevils
Howie was rendered speechless by the dangerous routine. It excited Piers too but he didn’t think it was as good as their previous performance and he noticed many “disappointing” mistakes. Sharon still thought it was “amazing” though, admiring their technical skill.
Poplyfe – Band
The group performed a medley of The Jackson 5’s biggest hits including I’ll Be There, I Want You Back and Love You Save and got a standing ovation from the audience and judges. Piers said they are an “amazing pop group” and Sharon agreed. She thought the music industry needed someone like Poplyfe. Howie was even bolder, saying that America is full of “idiots” if they don’t immediately start voting for Poplyfe as no other act will appeal to more people. I might be a bit of an idiot, then, because for me they were a bit of a tribute act, nice voices and all.
West Springfield Dance Team – Horror-themed dance group
Piers buzzed them during their vampire-themed performance. He was a bit bored. Sharon admitted that they’re “too predictable,” despite being technically good. Howie was also sorry to see they hadn’t stepped their performance up.
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr – Singer
Landau performed Dean Martins Ain’t That A Kick In The Head and got a standing ovation for his trouble. Howie said that Landau is “amazing” as he loves not only his singing but also his persona. Piers thought Landau “got his mojo back” and his nervousness of last week was replaced by his familiar and appealing swagger. Piers would pay to see him, anyway. Sharon called him “one hell of a class act.” All good, then!
Team iLuminate – Light dance/performance group
This group earned another standing ovation from the audience and judges, with Piers saying that they were the “icing on the cake” with their best performance ever, as well as one of the best performances of the night. He called them the most “original, creative or dynamic act” that America’s Got Talent has ever seen. Sharon was rigt there in Vegas with them and Howie said they were “one of the best acts you can possibly see live.”
So, it was quite a night for America’s Got Talent. What acts would you like to see get through tonight? It could be a tough call!