NBC has a new streaming service to promote! So why not tape a wildcard special with acts that didn’t make the Top 35 cut, stream it for a few days, and have America vote! Terry Crews hosted the one hour special, AGT: America’s Wildcard, on Peacock, featuring five acts worthy of your consideration.
Terry delivered the unbelievable story that in Malibu, the judges, Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara just COULD NOT agree on the last act to finalize the Top 36. So, they decided right then and there to leave it up to ‘merica. SURE JAN!
All 5 acts are AGT Top 36 worthy
In any case, the acts presented for your Twitter vote are all worthy Top 36 acts. Several of them SHOULD have advanced. Weirdly, AGT held back the popular singer, Matt Mauser for this Wildcard stunt. His tragic backstory involves his wife Christina Mauser perishing alongside Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter Gianna, and others in a horrific helicopter crash. Matt end the special with a performance of the song he and his wife danced to at their wedding. There is literally no way he doesn’t win this thing.
And the rigging is a shame. Storm Large really DOES step it up from her audition with a beautifully phrased take on Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me.” She’s miles better than ANICA, the female rock singer that DID make it. And 14 year old Dylan Zangwill is rough around the edges, but the confidence and musicality he exudes during his performance of “House of the Rising Sun” are irresistible. They both should have advanced straight to the quarter-finals.
Here’s How to Vote
Voting is exclusively via Twitter. Tweet #AgtWildcard with the contestant’s Twitter handle. Viewers can choose their favorite from Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. ET until Friday Aug. 13 at 7 a.m. ET. The winning act will perform on the live show on Tuesday, Aug. 24 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT). Only ONE vote per contestant per Twitter handle
In the meantime, AGT: America’s Wildcard is streaming now on Peacock. OR you can watch the performances right here! The acts must be relieved there is NO judges. Terry does all the heavy lifting here, introducing the act, and then interviewing them afterward in front of a live, masked audience.
Dylan Zangwill @DylanZangwill – Teen Singer
The 14 year old musician performs the classic “House of the Rising Sun” at the organ. He needs some seasoning, and he’s a better musician than singer. But he’s got potential for sure. Plus his stage presence is impressive for a 14 year old. “One of the greatest songs ever written,” is how he describes his song pick. He’s played it on the guitar and piano. His family picked up a Hammond organ this year. Why should America vote for him? “Rock n Roll has been lost throughout the years,” he says. He wants to carry the genre through to the next generation.
Patrick Kun @PatrickKunMagic – Magician
This close-up magician is nervous to compete against stiff competition. He does a card trick at a table on stage with Terry seated next to him. Patrick also manages to incorporate the panel in his act, in spirit, using photos of the judges in his pack of cards. Signed playing cards end up magically appearing on a display board. Terry helps with the shuffling. The last trick has him smash a frame with a bunch of cards that Terry shuffled. His signature card seems to stick to the board. But no, it’s actually INSIDE the glass frame. It’s a brand new trick, Patrick explains.
Storm Large @Stormof69 – Singer
The fifty-one year old singer previously competed on Rockstar: Supernova and has toured all over the world. The seasoned rock singer performs a ballady version of Cheap Trick’s “I Want You to Want Me” with piano accompaniment. She is a straight up pro and either she or The Voice alum Sarah Potenza deserved the seasoned chick rock spot over ANICA. Maybe production decided to choose a newbie instead of singers who have already competed on singing shows.The Voice’s Brooke Simpson already filled the singing show alum slot, I suppose. I like this performance better than her audition. Her phrasing is wonderful.
Mike Goodwin @BowtieComedy – Comedian
A former army vet has also been kicking around the comedy circuit for awhile. His routine is about being a dumb little kid. And also, how expensive kids sports are now. After his act, Mike tells the audience that he wants to WIN America’s Got Talent. Yes, he’s in it to win it, y’all. He’s the weakest of the five acts.
Matt Mauser @MattMauser – Singer
Matt’s wife was killed in the tragic Kobe Bryant helicopter crash. It’s shocking that he didn’t make the live shows outright–especially after Nightbirde dropped out. He croons a credible version of “The Way You Look Tonight.” He’s not a tremendous jazz singer, although he has a nice tone. It doesn’t matter. His backstory will propel him to the win. Oh my. “The Way You Look Tonight” was the first song at his wedding and the last song he and his wife, Christina, danced to at one of his shows. Everyone else can go home. At least the other acts got one last time on the stage.