Hey everyone! I’m back with my now-seemingly-annual thoughts on the best America’s Got Talent Auditions! But before we get into that, a few thoughts on this season so far.
I really want to love AGT. I don’t like not liking things. But the combination of the ever-increasing judge and host cutaways, the long and painful sob stories, the slow motion shots, and now a fake audience the judges are pretending to interact with make the AGT auditions insufferable for me to watch in full. I honestly can’t watch the judges or intro packages anymore – they annoy me too much. So the 8 acts below are my picks based purely on talent.
Now, my record with these lists is…mixed. If I’m being charitable to myself. The past two years, my top pick flames out pretty damn fast. And my second place pick got third place on the show despite deserving to win in both cases. This year, however, I think I’m going to be slightly more lucky. Because my two favorite acts both happen to be golden buzzers this season.
Let’s get into it!
America’s Got Talent season 16 Top 8 Acts
8 – Kevin Micoud: Kevin is my favorite mentalist this year, which is not saying much at all. The trick itself was too perfect to not be explained by a plant. The reason I enjoyed the act was all about presentation. I thought using holograms was a genius idea, and I hope he has more up his sleeves – ha, magic pun. – Audition
7 – T.3: This group has zero chance of winning this show, but I really enjoyed their rendition of “Into The Unknown.” They can really really sing, and it’s not an easy song. – Audition
6 – Pasha and Aliona: They remind me of an even more fully baked version of what Noah Epps did last year. Very creepy, very cool dancing. They have no chance in hell of winning and I fully expect a busing just like Noah got. But hey, at least their audition was cool! – Audition
5 – Kabir Singh: There haven’t been any truly outstanding comedians this season in my opinion. But the closest has been Kabir. His line about who is paying other people’s bills was one of the only moments this season that I genuinely laughed out loud at something a comedian said. Can he win? No. – Audition
4 – Jimmie Herrod: Jimmie has an outstanding voice, probably the best this season. I’d like to think a singer as good as Jimmie can succeed in the real world, but singing “Tomorrow” from Annie doesn’t help his case at all. I’d love him to make it far, but it’s all about song choice from here on out. – Audition
3 – Brooke Simpson: I didn’t watch Brooke on The Voice. I don’t watch The Voice. Having said that, Brooke is my favorite singer his season. I loved that she picked a contemporary song that showcased her outstanding voice. I love her personality too. Can she win? I wish, but probably not. – Audition
2 – Lea Kyle: Going into this season, I knew Lea already because I saw her outstanding performance that fooled Penn and Teller on YouTube. This performance was even better than that one. Lea puts on a hell of a show and does tricks that I can’t explain. She’s the best magician the show’s had since Shin Lim, and she would be a truly worthy winner. I don’t think she will win, but I’d be fine if I’m wrong. – Audition
1 – World Taekwondo Demonstration Team: To beat Lea and be my favorite audition required something special. This group is special. It combined dance, acrobatics, martial arts – they put on a hell of a show. If America’s Got Talent is still about talent, they’ll win this show easily. – Audition