“America’s Got Talent” aired the first round of Live Shows last night on NBC and the first crop of acts really set the bar high for contenders who follow. Twelve talented acts hit the legendary Dolby Theater stage vying for America’s vote for the first time. Three Golden Buzzer winners dazzled and ruled the night. Will they survive elimination? We really hope so!
Off to a Golden Guardino Start
Long Island native Christian Guardino kicked off the night with an amazing rendition of “Make It Rain.” He earned a four-judge standing ovation once again. Guardino is Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer pick and he sees great promise in the inspirational teen who was born blind, but received gene therapy to help restore his sight. Howie loved him again and Simon Cowell was impressed, but challenged him to pick a “riskier” song next time so he can “pop.” Not sure what more this amazing young man can do. We think he “pops” just fine!
Double Dose of Fun
Young dance duo Artyon and Paige and Air Force Academy A Cappella group really brought some fun this week. Artyon and Paige did an upbeat, fiery performance of “Footloose” that was set up by a really neat video before they danced. This pair’s great attitudes and bright charisma is infectious and endearing. The judges loved them. Their biggest problem is the competition is so tough this season. We’d love to see them move on!
Likewise, A Capella group In the Stairwell is super-talented. They did an amazing rendition of fun.’s “Some Nights.” Mel B is a huge fan and it was fun to see her “gush” over this group of talented, gorgeous guys.
Singing Trump Steps It Up – Hammer Style
Singing Trump is a polarizing act for obvious reasons. Like him or loathe him, this guy has Donald Trump’s voice and hand gestures down to a Trump “T.” His first song, “Shut Up and Dance with Me” was shaky but his MC Hammer follow up was off the charts fantastic. The judges showed mixed reactions. It’ll be interesting to see what America does in the vote!
Angelica Hale Stuns and Sings Like an Angel
Little ball of sunshine Angelica Hale is mesmerizing to watch. She nailed her “Clarity” performance. She injects so much expression, grace, and power into each performance. She deserved Chris Hardwick’s Golden Buzzer and she deserves to move on – all the way to the finals. When Howie prompted her to admit she’s “in it to win it” we couldn’t agree more. Bravo! We can’t wait to see more!
Two Clowns and a Dance Troupe
Just Jerk is arguably one of the best dance troupe’s in AGT history. Their precision is straight on point and the intricacy of their moves is so impressive. For some reason, Heidi wasn’t “wowed” as she has been previously. The rest of the panel loved them. However, their AGT fate is questionable, given the level of talent this year.
Bello Nock scared us all with his high-wheeling acrobat act on “The Wheel of Death.” Dressed as a clown, he also throws comedic physicality into his routine at just the right moments. He really entertained this week and he definitely upped his game.
Puddles Pity Party, on the other hand, broke our hearts when he showed a film of Puddles’ 6-year-old birthday party, where no one showed up. Then he launched into a technically brilliant rendition of Lorde's “Royals.” Simon didn’t get connect to him this week though and it makes us wonder how America will respond.
Three More Acts Impress
Comedian Preacher Lawson was hilarious this week. He’s arguably not a Vegas act though. We agree with Simon, he deserves to get picked up for his own TV show or Lorne Michaels should scoop him up for SNL.
Yolie Mayor sang a rendition of “Human” beautifully. But, Mel B felt she struggled to show her authentic self in the song. We hope America votes her through. She is undeniably talented and deserves another shot to connect.
Sibling Skaters Billy and Emily England twirled their way through another amazing routine. What they do is so dangerous – but, they make it look effortless. Simon loves this UK native team and dubbed the performance as “perfection.”
Darci Lynne and Oscar Dazzle
Is anyone else still shaking their head wondering how Darci Lynne sings with so much power while keeping her mouth closed? The AGT judges wondered that too after her new puppet Oscar serenaded his crush, Mel B, with a mind-blowing rendition of “Who’s Loving You.” This little girl is talented way beyond her years, and like her fellow Golden Buzzer peers from this week, she has the potential to win the whole season and the million-dollar grand prize.
“America’s Got Talent” will air the live results show tonight at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on NBC.