America’s Got Talent auditions continue in front of judges Howie Mandel, Mel B.Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell. Host Tyra Banks presides over all the madness. Join us tonight as we live blog all the performances.
The Golden Buzzer is back. Each judge and the host gets one opportunity to send a contestant straight through to the live shows. Who will win the 1 million dollar prize?
Sophie Fatu – Five Year old Singer – Oh gosh. A precocious kid singer. Shame on her mom for shoving her into the spotlight. I do not like the kid singers. She says her favorite judge is “Mr. Simon.” She dreamed that “Mr. Simon” pushed the golden buzzer. Sorry! That already happened. She warbles her way through Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” which is supposed to be ironic or something. Stick to Youtube kid. The judges give her a standing ovation. “We weren’t expecting that,” says Simon. “You are hilarious. I want you to date my son. You are adorable.” Mel B compares her to an angel. “That was amazing” gushes Howie. Heidi says Sophie should be proud of herself. 4 yeses. Simon calls her “happiness in a bottle.”
Sixto and Lucia – Quick Change Artists – A couple. Whoops. Not a couple anymore. But they still perform together. And bicker! I guess this is good? Quick change is kind of pointless, really. The last bit was pretty good, when Tyra popped up out of a cloud of smoke with a different outfit. Simon says it was one of the best quick changes he’s ever seen. He thinks the personalities make it. ‘This is perfect for America’s Got Talent.” Howie thought it was fantastic. Mel B calls it slick and entertaining. Mel and Heidi agree that Sixto wants to get back with his girl. 4 yeses
Noah Guthrie – Singer – He talks about his success on youtube. Oh and he mentions that he starred on Glee. He talks about it a lot! We even see shots from the show as he describes Roderick, the character he played, as the shy chubby misfit kid. Really kind of shocked AGT is being so transparent. Noah explains that he was just like Roderick in high school. Music brought him out his his shell. Glee was his first time on TV. It changed his life. But then when it stopped, he kind of had to start over again. He explains that AGT is a way for him to get back to music. SO TAKE THAT HATERS. No, he doesn’t say that last thing. But obviously he feels the need to explain why he’s auditioning for a singing show after achieving a measure of mainstream success. He sings “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna accompanying himself on electric guitar. He’s a very good singer–both soulful and gritty. Howie calls him wonderful and unique. Mel B says, “You killed it brother.” Heidi calls his voice “sexy” and his manner humble. Simon calls his audition “great” and adds “maybe this is your time.” Interesting how they paint an underdog narrative for Noah. Simon says, “We’re giving him another chance.” And maybe a better one. The final season of Glee Noah appeared on garnered about 2 million viewers a week. Probably about 11-12 million viewers watched his audition tonight – 4 yeses
After a montage of dancers…
Sethward Flashing Caterpillar – He grew up in a small town in Texas. He comes from a family of doctors and engineers. But he wants to perform. He moved to LA right after high school. Ha. It’s a joke audition. He’s dressed as a caterpillar , hopping around and screaming. The audience is booing. When is he gonna get buzzed. He calls himself “Sethward the caterpillar.” As he transforms into a “beautiful” butterfly,” he loses his pants and “flashes” the judges, after which they FINALLY buzz him. Simon calls it the worst act he’s ever seen. “I just want to be beautiful” he cries as he leaves the stage. I really have no idea what just happened. – 4 NOS
The Future Kings – Hip Hop Dance Troop – The group is made up of guys who met in high school, plus a seven year old kid. The leader started the group with his brothers on the mean streets of Chicago. One of the brothers had a son and had to quit. Four years later, the brother returned. Oh. So that little boy is his son. The bros cry describing their relationship. The group’s talents are modest. But the little kid is cute. Mel B liked their choreography. Heidi liked their energy. Howie says they exude joy. Simon calls them powerful. It was his favorite act of the day. Well, OK then. – 4 yeses.
Front Picture – Projection Act – He’s a 43 year old obsessed with technology. But it can be dangerous too, the believes. His performance will use technology to expose its dangers. It’s basically a light/green screen show that probably is way more impressive in person. The crowd really loves it. Howie calls it creative and amazing. “You crammed so much into that, I loved it,” says Mel. Heidi says she’s never seen anything like it. Simon says, “That was perfection.” – 4 yeses
Next it’s a montage all about Simon Cowell’s egomania. Yay.
Miss Trysh – Singer – Fifty seven year old is in love with Simon! She’s put her career on hold for her family. All she wants is a hug from her fav. She sings “If I Were Your Woman ” by Gladys Knight and dedicates it to Simon. She’s not a joke audition. She’s got a nice smoky alto. Well, Simon’s going to have to say yes to this act. After, she gets her hug from Simon. Howie was a little uncomfortable. “You two should get a room!” he says. Heidi calls her “fabulous” and the “total package.” Simon admits he’s got a bit of a crush on her and calls her “naughty.” Ha ha. Turns out she’s married. Hubby is cool with it. – 4 yeses
Next, it’s a montage of danger acts followed by an escape artist.
The Lord Nil – Escape artist – He’s going to perform an act that involves SCORPIONS. Totally dangerous. He explains that he started off kickboxing. But it wasn’t dangerous enough. In 2015 he didn’t escape in time from a straight jacket trick. He broke a bunch of bones. He claims that the scorpions he’s using are “highly venomous.” He says “I challenge death!” He’s got more than 40 of the little critters. Ew. He’s tied to a metal frame, like Jesus and he’s got to cut himself free before the scorpions are released on his head. He gets himself out just in the nick of time. Howie called it “scary” Heidi is impressed. Simon was on the edge of his seat. “An amazing incredible act.” Simon wants alligators next. Nil thinks he can do that. 4 yeses.
Next it’s a montage of real bad acts. Tap dancing chickens!
Accordion Hans – International Superstar – Fake German accent! He’s channeling the Gabor sisters…or something. He sings a “good old fashioned German sing along” while dressed in a sparkly green outfit and hat. He looks like a crazed leprechaun. Oh gosh. It’s “Proud Mary” with a German accent. This is pretty bonkers. There’s tap dancing! Ok I am actually laughing. I think Hans needs to advance, dahlings. The audience gives him a standing ovation! Howie can’t stop smiling. Mel’s heart feels warm. Heidi says she’s proud of him in German. Which he obviously doesn’t understand. Simon compares him to a horror movie…that he likes. – 4 yeses
Samuel J. Comroe – Stand Up Comedian – He’s been doing comedy for 10 years. He has tourettes syndrome, which he self deprecatingly describes as “cute.” He blinks and twitches, which he can’t control. He got bullied at school. The first laugh he got on stage changed his life. He just had a daughter–there is a 50 percent chance that she inherited the condition. He actually incorporates his twitch into his comedy–more than just joking about it. So we can laugh with him rather than at him. He’s not hilarious, but he is using his physical disability in a creative way Mel thinks he’s very good. Heidi calls him “very talented.” Simon calls him an “incredible guy.” – 4 yeses
Courtney Hadwin – Singer – Thirteen year old has stage fright. She’s got an accent? Scottish maybe. Mel B tells her not to be nervous. When she finally opens her mouth to sing it’s like she’s possessed, as she scream/sings “Hard to Handle.” This is actually pretty terrible. Her enunciation is awful and the Mick Jagger impersonation she’s got going as she lurches around the stage verges on a joke act. If she were an adult she would have been buzzed. Simon calls her “incredible” and compares her to a lion. Howie says she’s from a “whole different era.” He compares her to Janis Joplin. Good lord. Howie hits his Golden buzzer. Hmmm. Dubious. The confetti flies. Father and daughter hug. ETA: I had a hunch she was no newbie. Courtney competed on The Voice Kids UK. She also competed on TeenStar singing contest.