“America’s Got Talent” aired the third quarterfinals elimination round for season 13 last night (Aug. 29) on NBC. After an explosive night of performances, during which Simon Cowell was brought to tears, watching any act get cut this week was going to be tough. Ultimately, seven acts sailed through to next week’s semifinals and five more hopefuls ended their AGT journey.
Dunkin’ Save Surprise
The acts in the sixth, seventh, and eighth place must fight for the Dunkin’ Save and this week, it was surprising to see Daniel Emmet and Future Kingz get called out, along with Aaron Crow. With 12 acts, though, of course they are all ranked according to the number of votes received. So, these acts fell in the middle of the pack and the level of talent this season is off the charts. Of any of these three, Daniel Emmet deserved to stay. His Aerosmith opera performance was incredible. Cutting to the first commercial, he was already in the lead – whew!
Us the Duo and Hans
Us the Duo and Hans were the first two acts called. Hans’ glitz and glam are so fun! But, Us the Duo really delivered this week with their touching song for their soon-to-arrive baby girl. Ultimately, the duo is moving forward (yay!) and the judges were all excited – though Mel B said she’s really going to miss Hans! We wish him the best!
Brian King Joseph and Joseph O’Brien
There was just no way Brian King Joseph was going home after he crushed his “Centuries” performance. While Joseph O’Brien can definitely sing, his performance failed to connect. Brian King Joseph deserved his pass-through and honestly, he’s one of those acts where you can’t see what he does next. Bravo, America, forgetting that one right!
Simon is a Really Big Star
As previously reported, Simon Cowell earned his well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week in a really touching ceremony. AGT did a montage of some of the artists who turned out to honor and thank him for his hand in launching their career. Chief among them was inaugural “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson (who is judging alongside Simon on the upcoming season of “The X Factor UK”), Camila Cabello, and “America’s Got Talent” season 11 and season 12 winners Grace VanderWaal and Darci Lynne Farmer. (Watch the tribute video above).
Simon has definitely made a huge impact in the entertainment industry. He’s discovered scores of international music superstars and revolutionized television with his “Got Talent” and “X Factor” series. Here’s a hat tipping to you, Simon! Also, who could resist the sweet little Eric saying, “I love you, daddy!”?
Three More Acts Face Cuts
After a beautiful medley from Carole King, Christina Wells, Rob Lake and Michael Ketterer were called forward. Christina and Michael knocked it out of the park again this week, with each of them delivering stunning, emotional performances. Michael even made Simon cry with his rendition of “Us” by James Bay. Thankfully, both are going through to the semifinals. Christina’s fate was momentarily unclear when Michael was announced first. After a break, Christina was told she also made it.
Dance Groups Face Off
Zucaroh’s Garden of Eden routine was captivating this week. They were called up alongside UDI Dance as the last two groups to get results. It was no surprise Tyra’s Golden Buzzer group Zucaroh made it through. Their act is so stunning and unique. Win or lose, they deserve to get signed to a regular show, in Vegas or elsewhere. Hopefully, talent scouts somewhere are paying attention.
Third Chance is a Charm
Daniel Emmet got teared up when he learned he won the Dunkin’ Save vote. We’re so glad he made it through. As a returning Wild Card act, the save is technically his third chance at the $1 million prizes. He is such a gifted singer and it’s nice to see him move on to the next round.
This left Aaron Crow and Future Kingz waiting on the judges’ vote. Heidi and Mel B voted for Aaron, while Simon, who narrowly escaped a knife in his hand from Aaron’s act this week, voted to keep his hand and Future Kingz. It all came down to Howie Mandel and he quickly picked Aaron. It’s sad to see Future Kingz go, as the tight-knit group of family and friends had so much heart. We hope they don’t give up on their dream.
The semifinals round starts next week and the acts that will perform are: Duo Transcend, Makayla Phillips, Shin Lim, Amanda Mena, Samuel J. Comroe, Voices of Hope, Junior New System, Us the Duo, Michael Ketterer and Zurcaroh.
“America’s Got Talent” airs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.