Season 16 of âAmerica’s Got Talentâ continues on June 22 with another audition episode featuring the best (and worst) of the first leg of the competition. In this phase of “AGT”, an act needs at least three of the four judges (Simon cowell, Heidi klum, Howie mandel and Sofia vergara ) to give them a “yes” to move on to the next round. If two or more judges sound the act, he is immediately eliminated. Each judge, as well as the host Terry’s crews, has a chance to hit the “golden buzzer” and send an act straight to the live performances.
Last week, Terry showed his support for World Taekwondo by throwing them its golden buzzer after their exciting showcase of the form of martial art. The large group was supposed to perform at the 2020 Summer Olympics, so Terry’s decision to send them to live shows was a bittersweet gold medal moment.
Previously, Simon sent songbird Night Bird straight to concerts after performing an original song tonight called “It’s Okay”, with lyrics about the last year of her life. In the song, she offered support to herself and others who are struggling, just like she does with cancer, which comes from within.
Howie was inspired to hit his golden buzzer in the Season 16 premiere by the performance of the Northwell Nursing Choir, a group of 18 nurses from New York who worked on the front lines during the pandemic. As a choir, their mission is to “draw a little joy and love” to help people “find their resilience”. For their audition, they sang a mix of “Lean on Me” and “Stand by Me” which included elements of vocals, beat-boxing and light rap.
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The format is the same this year as it was last year, with âAmerica’s Got Talentâ initially airing only on Tuesdays with those first six weeks dedicated to auditions taking place across the country. Then there will be four weeks of Judge Cuts starting in July, followed by the series of live shows and episodes of results.
Below, follow the recap of all the action from “America’s Got Talent” Season 16 Episode 4 in our minute-by-minute blog.
8:03 p.m. – The evening started with a dance group Shuffolution from all over the world, including Colombia and Taiwan. They bonded as non-professional dancers over their love of ârandom dance,â a type of dance popularized by social media. For the judges, who gave them a standing ovation, the highlight was their great energy and the elevation of an already fashionable dance. Sofia was particularly won over by the diversity of the group and its use of costumes and movement. Simon liked that they had personality, energy and that they wanted to compete. Overall, it was an easy ‘yes’ from the panel to send them.
8:09 p.m. – Then it was Pam and Casper, an office worker who was re-inspired to her dream of playing when she met her dog Casper. With only one working talent show from Pam under their belt, Pam and Casper took to the stage tonight as a duet. Celine DionThe classic ballad of “All by Myself”. The performance was well received by the judges who described it as “adorable” and “surprising”. Solo Casper jokes aside, the entire panel agreed it was a ‘yes’ vote in the next round.
8:19 p.m. – Singer Brooke simpson was the next to take the stage, ready to represent and make her native tribe proud. For her audition she took LizzoâCuz I Love Youâ, wowing the judges with his powerful and deep voice. After a standing ovation, Howie called her a “powerhouse” and predicted she would perform in much bigger venues in the future. Simon remembered âAmerican Idolâ when great singers came to the show and were discovered from âfantastic auditionsâ. The judges’ praise meant that there were four “yes” votes to advance in the competition.
8:30 p.m. – Joining the show from Israel was Roman Kricheli to surprise the judges with a âyoga showâ. What quickly became an act of contortion caused Simon to press his X button, but that was before Roman folded into a glass box far too small to fit an adult’s body. At the end, Simon stood with the other judges as they applauded his daring art. Sofia admitted that while she didn’t want to watch the stage, she loved the performance, adding her vote to the total of four to move it to the next round.
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8:42 p.m. – Members of JW Inspirational Singers of NYC showered their leader with praise ahead of their hearing before the judges for having a dream and inspiring them to be a part of it. Their arrangement of “Stand Up” by Cynthia Erivo incorporated several solos, tap dancing and the beautiful harmonies we expect from backing vocals. Earning another standing ovation for the night, it was clear the group would move on to the next round. Howie recognized them as âan eventâ more than a choir because of the humanity and appreciation they brought to their show. Simon said âthat’s what we call a momentâ and applauded their efforts to take a song and make it their own at the right time.
8:54 p.m. – The Incredible Shoji came on stage inspired by the many magicians who have graced the AGT stage in the past. Risking the proximity of being right in front of the judges’ faces, Shoji spun rounds of pieces at their table, causing a quarter of his hands to appear and disappear. The judges were very kind to the young magician, encouraging him to continue to improve and giving him the assurance that he will one day be like his idols. Although he knew he only needed three “yes” votes to qualify, Shoji got Heidi a fourth to be seen again in the next round.
9:04 p.m. – The second hour of the episode kicked off The other sense, the “gayest boy band in the world”. Their original song “Girl, You’re the Best” was an ode to girls who want to be romantic with men who are just their gay best friends. The comedic elements of the lyrics and the performance impressed the judges, leading Heidi to complain that she didn’t want this to end. Howie and Sofia were eager to hear what song they would sing next so they joined Heidi and Simon to give the guys the four “yes” votes they needed.
9:14 p.m. – Charley loffredo surprised the judges by appearing on stage in women’s drag to show off her ventriloquist act. Before singing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Charley and her puppet mumbled through dialogue the judges couldn’t understand. Quickly, all four judges hit their X button and Simon declared him the worst ventriloquist they had ever seen.
9:17 p.m. – Charley was followed by the standing comedian Josh Blue. He prefaced his set by saying that “after the year we have had, I think the world is just ready to laugh”. As someone with cerebral palsy, Josh says he likes to eliminate this right away and then used it as a punchline for several of his jokes, including ending his set calling it the “Best Make One.” wish of all times “. Heidi told him that she loved him the second he walked in, Howie called him a “superhero” for bringing the smiles, and Sofia said that the comics that laugh at them- same are his favorite genre of comedy. Simon ended the praise by saying that he is “funny with good material”. The judges couldn’t drop their “yes” votes quickly enough to send Josh through.
9:27 p.m. – Michael spencer said he was inspired to come to AGT because his singing made him go viral online with a million views overnight. Unfortunately, the judges and the audience did not resent his interpretation of “Hopelessly Devoted to You”. Instead, 17 years old Fallyn was ready to claim that next place in the next round. Sadly, Simon said she wasn’t ready at the moment and urged her to come back next year. Hoping that the third singer in a row would be the charm, Jimmie herrod entered the fray with the song “Tomorrow”, a song Simon called the world’s worst. With no other song planned, Jimmie sang it anyway and it was immediately evident on Simon’s face that he was shocked at the talent. Surprisingly, Simon wasn’t the judge who didn’t join in the standing ovation for Jimmie – it was Sofia. She kicked off the reviews saying she didn’t like it that much, but that she “loved it” and hit the Golden Buzzer! The rain of golden confetti rained down on Jimmie, meaning Sofia was sending him straight to live broadcasts after changing her mind on her least favorite song of all time.
9:41 p.m. – Determined to appropriate her femininity as an athlete, Danila Bim came to AGT to “show the world who [she is]. âFor her act, she hung on a cable from the ceiling by a hoop in the bun in her hair. The device allowed her to perform dances and tricks in the air, hanging only from her own hair. All of the judges stood up at the end of the performance. Sofia said she didn’t even know it could be done, calling it “spectacular.” Heidi said it was a unique aerial act and a. ” big surprise. âThe four judges loved the act and came together to give Danila fourâ yes âvotes in the next round.
21:51 – If Danila’s act was dangerous, the judges weren’t ready for the comedic danger act’s return Ryan Stock & Amerlynn of season 11. Simon was a big fan of them then and he called them back on stage (for the third time) this season to play a joke on the other judges. For the joke to work, it took Ryan and Amerlynn first to pull off a few acts before asking Simon and Sofia to take the stage as assistants for their final act. In the act, they made Simon stand with a ball over his head and gave the crossbow to a blindfolded Sofia. While Sofia was receiving instructions, Simon and the crew fixed a fake arrow in Simon’s chest and had him lay on the ground as if Sofia had shot him. After her shot, screams rang out in the auditorium and Sofia tripped over Simon’s body just in time to hear him say “I got you.” The joke ended the episode without a vote to send Ryan and Amerlynn in, as it was only a staged comedy and not an actual audition. Phew!