For some reason, the front of "America's Got Talent" loaded the quarterfinals with child singers, even returning one as their wild card.
Is the result of this spell for all other acts as the child singers will take all seven spaces available, or is it a way to cut them down to a more reasonable number? Considering America is getting the vote, it really comes down to what they want.
Outside of the singers, we got to enjoy the light art of Alex Dowis, the incredible dangers of Bir Khalsa, Greg Morton's many voices and the high kicks of the Emerald Belles. But those are just four acts out of eight.
Perhaps the most anticipated act of the night was blind, autistic singer Kodi Lee who blasted the judges and all in her first audition, capturing Gabrielle Union's golden buzzer.
He was joined this week by Julianne Hough's golden buzzer Luke Islam and our first wild card act of the season, who returned after being cut short in the previous round. Let's just say, he's pretty excited to get that call!
Who do I think I am? your question. In fact, I spent almost a decade of my life sweating and bleeding to music as a dancer. From a boy learning a shuffle-ball-change to working at St. Louis Ballet Company, I experienced the rise of one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet. During this time, I was also a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as a gymnast, writer and cartoonist. I have a lot of energy in my younger years. And I've spent the last seventeen years studying and critique reality competition shows for different media publications. I got it.
Fair warning, since I am safe at home, I will probably be less than my colleagues Howie Mandel Gabrielle Union Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell . But maybe I'll be better. Maybe.
And just for fun through this round, I'll rank them from worst to first to see who emerges as my Top 7 and winner each week.
(singer) What a weird choice for Carmen, teasing "Believe in the Dragon." Her voice didn't seem to fit the crowd, even as she tried to adjust it for her powerful voice. But it's a song that doesn't go as well as it does, which makes for creepy transitions throughout. Unfortunately, the whole performance did not do him enough to stand up and remember, nor did he show what makes him amazing vocally.
(19659011] impressionist) It's probably just us, but there is still a disconnect between the fun in many movie impressions he could do it and see it as a headlining show in Las Vegas. We still want to see some narrative on the set, rather than just being frustrated. Or at least a theme for the clips, or maybe the original lines set within the movie worlds. He's good at what he does, but is that enough? We can definitely see how much America loves him, though.
(singers) Another terrible choice of song made by Ansley. She’s such a spitfire personality and a lot of fun, but it’s hard to see this performance earning enough votes to go ahead. It showed nothing in his voice that you would never see in a competent karaoke show.
(singers) If they didn't win "AGT" – and they didn't – they just built the theme song for their own Nickelodeon or Disney Channel kids show. These girls have the DNA of a bona fide girl group, but they haven't been polished enough as vocalists to really burn the radio. But they have a great presence, beauty and personality with a positive message for girls … plus, the songs are catchy. There is definitely something special here.
(singer) The song in her intro package was louder than she brought to the stage with her. In fact, this is his weakest song to date and at the worst possible time when America finally gets a chance to vote. Sophie has a special voice and ability to speak in a current way about life to her generation, but she misses the mark here trying to proselytize in general rather than just tell her truth. The package song is probably enough.
Voices of Service
(singers) This is the wrong thing to do here because this moment is about getting of votes. This is your performance at the end of your show for strong encore. The release of the chorus consisting of all five branches of the military was inspirational, but it was brought to the group, and the song did not allow any of them to really shine in a meaningful or memorable way. It's a shame, because they're incredible.
(singer) Lukas had pipes, but he had to learn to use his body if he wanted to become a performer on Broadway. The best child singer of the night, though, he really has a connection with these songs and this genre. It's easy to imagine that "AGT" would deposit him into his dreams, even if he was a longshot to win the show. His voice really screams this whole piece. their work. But it is the acrobatics that are really incredible, because they show incredible strength, balance and trust to one another. This is not as good as the other works, which can hurt the vote, but are extremely talented and dedicated to their craft.
(light artist) What an incredible unique show, igniting evolution from the big bang to the present day with some truly stunning visual images. The speed with which he can create a dinosaur or early man is just stunning and the way he incorporates music and spoken word really makes it a magical and educational experience like no other.
(dancers) Yes, it was a higher kick and another fall in the divisions to wrap it up, but the Belles were actually ascend to the complexity of their routine, and more importantly, their synchronization. It was the hardest thing they had ever experienced, and they made some cool pictures throughout. Yes, it still feels like a high school or college dance team, but they are and are very good at what they do. And tonight we saw glimpses of what they could be if they came together and really grew up as a unit with a clear vision.
(act of danger) These people are completely lunatics, and though there are some elements of repetition, the chainaw and heads lined with watermelons added a new sense of danger that kept it exciting. The new guy who screams at everything we can do without, but there's no denying that as the dangers creep in, this is one of the scariest and most compelling.
(singer) Although not as strong as her first audition, Kodi still managed to ride this cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." She is truly an extraordinary talent and what a wonderful gift for her and her family to discover. Moving on from this should be a no brainer.
As we stand in our Top 7 above, neither should we think that America will agree with us. We hope Sophie Percora will do it over the Messoudi Brothers.
Greg Morton may have served as a villain, but he came early to the show and we don't really see him getting his act up every time; instead he only produces more impressions.
Another reason America didn't get the Emerald Belles and Ansley Burns or GFORCE creeps in the next round, is because we know how much America loves child singers.
Our conclusion The prediction, however, is that Sophie exchanges with Messoudi and our Top 7 otherwise acting. And we hope you vote alignment with that! We will all know if you've made it back to some of last season's favorites – including winner Shin Lim – for the show results.
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