It’s the SIXTH night of America’s Got Talent auditions in front of judges Howie Mandel, Mel B. Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell. Brand new host Tyra Banks presides over the madness. Join us tonight as we live blog every performance.
Heidi will choose her Golden Buzzer contestant tonight.
5 Alive – Boy Band – We previewed this act earlier. Watch here. The boys claim to be bringing back “feel good music.” They can’t wait to perform in front in front of Spice Girl Mel B. “We’re bringing back the party tonight.” says one. Hoo boy. They are best friends, cousins–they formed the group in Miami. “They’re like Backstreet Boys!” Mel gushes as they launch into a mashup of “Poison” and “Pony.” There’s plenty of crotch thrusting and chest baring. It’s like we’re back in the 90’s. But do we really want to go there? Mel is losing her mind, while Simon rolls his eyes. “I am so excited right now!” says Mel B. Howie appreciated their humor, even if they aren’t a million dollar act. It didn’t blow Heidi’s mind, but she appreciated their confidence. Simon called it “horrible” “old fashioned” and a joke. “I like you because you’re so bad.” They really are a cheesy throwback, and the vocals are only mediocre. Simon says no. But Mel breaks the tie. – 3 yeses 1 no
A montage of bad drag acts is next, plus a leprechaun, dinosaur pole dancer, and other assorted weirdos. It’s a no for all!
German Cornejos Dance Company – Ballroom Dance Troup – They’re from Argentina and dance the tango with a “twist.” Four of the pairs are real life couples. It’s ok. I find group ballroom dancing troupes hard to take in. There’s too much happening on the dance floor for my tastes. Howie calls them amazing and proficient. Heidi thought it was fun to watch. “Original, contemporary, incredible,” says Simon. Mel loves their choreography – 4 yeses.
Angelina Green – Thirteen-year-old singer. Her stage mom, who is her “best friend” watches from off stage. “I’ve been singing since forever!” the young singer explains. She took music seriously after her dad abandoned the family. They almost ended up on the streets. Music was her great escape. Mom has a Hispanic accent, but the video package does not explain where she’s from. Angelina is hoping to change their lives forever. So sad when a kid feels that kind of responsibility. She sings “I’ll Stand By You” in a tremor-filled voice. She’d be a hit at her middle school assembly, but the young hopeful is not ready for primetime. Simon seems to like it, though. They give her a standing ovation. Hm. Howie said she moved the audience emotionally. Mel notes how overwhelmed she is. “This is one of my favorite auditions of the day…you made my goosebumps get goosebumps.” We’re hearing different things. Heidi loves it so much….that she HITS HER GOLDEN BUZZER. I don’t get it. But OK. The act is a back story special, I guess.
The Quiddlers – They’re Village People knockoffs, but their shtick is performing in short little leg costumes. It’s pretty stupid. But the judges find them amusing – 4 yeses.
That kicks off a montage of weird acts that make it through including a plus sized pole dancer. Howie tries the poll. Also, we see a teen dance troupe.
Harrison Greenbaum – Comedian – He attended Harvard. His family was sure he’d become a lawyer. But despite graduating at the top of his class, he decided to become a comedian. He’s been working the clubs for the last 12 years. His shtick is about breaking the news of his showbiz aspirations to his parents. “We’d rather you be gay,” they say. More self-deprecating gay jokes fill out the routine (the dude is really campy…the jokes are about presenting “obviously” gay). “You’re naughty,” says Simon. “People are going to really like you.” Heidi says he’s obviously experienced. “This set just tipped you,” says Howie. Mel B calls him “incredibly funny” and “likable.” 4 yeses.
Next, it’s a montage of hand balancers and danger acts. One woman performs what looks to literally be a gravity defying act that has her swooping, swirling and diving in midair. “Dancing on air,” Howie describes it.
Jonathan Rinny – Balance Act – He’s from Argentina. His wife assists as he gets ready to perform a very dangerous act. He’s wearing a suit though. He lives in Boston! Oh. The wife’s mother has no idea they’re married because she does not approve of his career choice. Welp. I guess she knows now. The suits are part of a Men in Black theme. Jonathan balances on top of 4 skateboards stacked on rollers. He rips off the suit. Now he looks dressed the part. He stacks a ton of rollers, one on top of another. He climbs on top and keeps his balance. Simon finds him edgy. Mel B called the act a “roller coaster ride.” Heidi wasn’t as impressed, but she gives them a yes. – 4 yeses.
Mike Yung – Subway Singer – Man in his 50s has spent the last 37 years signing in the subway. He sings Simon’s favorite song “Unchained Melody.” The tempo is slow and his vocal is warbly, but he knows how to hit the big notes. Which, combined with his sob story, could help him go far. The crowd goes nuts. Simon gives him a thumbs up. Heidi thought it was rough around the edges, but she felt every word that he sang. Howie loved his rough quality. “You are on the next level,” he says. Mel doesn’t think he’s “quite there yet.” Simon huffs about Mel listening to “auto tuned junk” on her break. “You can really sing!” He says. Actually, Mel has a point. Mel says no. Heidi breaks the tie, even if she agrees somewhat with Mel. – 3 yesses, 1 no.
Canion Shijirbat – Projection Dancer – Next, a contemporary/hip hop dancer plays with light and shadows. It probably looks amazing in the studio. The projection is so realistic, it’s like he’s dancing with himself. “Brilliant” says Simon – 4 yeses.
Danylo & Oskar – Acrobats – A father son act. The dad performed with his father. “He is my hero!” shouts the son. “Tonight we are gonna rock America.” He’s very cute. Oskar is only 8. “I love Americas!” he says. Not sure where they are from. Maybe Eastern Europe? Russia? Little boy can twist himself into a pretzel as dad tosses him to and fro. They perform to “Sax” by Fleur East. At one point Dad’s got the kiddo balanced on his head. The kid is the star of this act, for sure. “Brilliant” says Mel. Heidi was in “absolute awe.” Simon says, “I wasn’t expecting that.” – 4 yeses.
Mirror Image – Sixteen year old identical twins, Colton and Trent Edwards are BEST FRIENDS. They want to be the next big thing. At anything. They don’t seem to care what. Oh, They’re from Pittsburgh. They sing “Who’s Loving You” in unison, before breaking out in a goofy dance. Splits and flips galore. Their acrobatics aren’t bad, but their schtick is kind of obnoxious, to be honest. “You are definitely memorable,” says Mel. One of them has a girlfriend. Hm. “I’m a single pringle” chirps the other. Howie calls it fun and campy. Simon is struggling. “I don’t know what they are,” exactly. They’re a joke. He says no. The audience boos. – 3 yeses one no. Heidi thinks the boys will eventually prove Simon wrong. I’m Team Simon, in case you’re wondering. That was a hot mess of nada.
Team India – Martial Arts – They combine today’s martial arts with old Japanese traditions. They promise it’s very dangerous. Oh. It’s blindfolded veggie cutting. OK then. One dude has cucumbers taped all over his body. The other guy chops them up while wearing a blindfold. He draws blood in several places. Yuck. Howie hits his buzzer. Heidi hits hers. The last bit involves cutting various veggies and fruits on his chest and throat. Simon can’t believe the other 3 buzzed them. “I love info commercials!” says Simon, who loved that the veggie guy nearly died. 3 nos 1 yes. “We are not on the same page today,” says Simon.
Next a montage of more acts that Simon liked, but the rest buzzed, including a chick in a cat suit singing “Toxic.” And an old lady tossing breath mints. Breath mint lady for the win.
Brandon Rogers – Singer – A card before the clip explains that Brandon passed away in a car accident in the weeks after his audition. The family requested that AGT air his performance. He’s very emotional describing the reasons why he’s a medical doctor. He wants to help people. He was only 29. *crying*. He sang for his patients, too. He sings “A Ribbon in the Sky.” The performance is solid. The judges give him a standing ovation. “The doctor is really handsome…and can sing,” says Heidi. Mel loves that he helps people AND can sing. “You can be a star,” says Howie. Simon calls his vocal “stunning…you are one of the best singers we’ve had in the competition. 4 yeses. DAMN THIS IS SO SAD. RIP Brandon. Prayers for his friends and family. He breaks the good news on the phone to his mom and dad. The clip fades out with another tribute card.
Next week…the JUDGE CUTS BEGIN. Clip show on Thursday.