“America’s Got Talent” aired the final week of live performances before heading into next week’s semifinals last night on NBC. The bar has already been raised so high by contenders who have already made the cut like Angelica Hale, Johnny Manuel and Christian Guardino. Another crop of talented singers took the stage and stunned the audience and judges last night. Will they all be saved heading into tonight’s impending live results show? It’s so hard to say, given the crazy level of talent displayed last night.
Explosive, Unexpected Opener
First off, the amazing choir DaNell Daymon & Greater Works delivered an amazing, unexpected rendition of “You’re the One That I Want” from “Grease.” They were so electric, we swear the stage could have lit on fire. All four judges jumped to their feet in thunderous applause at the end. Howie Mandel said he felt like he was born again and Simon Cowell praised them saying, “This is what we all need.” They TOTALLY deserve one of the seven semifinal slots.
Final Draft is Back for a Second Chance
It was great to see R & B group Final Draft get a second chance as a wild card act. They sang a slowed-down version of Ed Sheeran’s smash hit “Shape of You.” They did a great job, however, it’s tough to say how America will respond, given the massive popularity of the chart-busting song as a dance track.
Oscar Hernandez Delivers Feel-Good Dance
Oscar Hernandez hit the stage running with his feel-good dance routine to Fergie’s song “M.I.L.F.$.” Everyone loved him, he’s got so much energy and he really knows his moves and choreography. With only seven spots, though, and so many mind-blowing acts, Oscar feels like a longshot to head into the semifinals. Simon is really pulling for him and begged America to “break the mold” and vote him through. Will they listen and vote accordingly?
Angelina Green Defies “Gravity”
With so many talented young/teen singers this season, Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer act Angelina Green has got a tough battle ahead. She came right out and threw down her gauntlet last night with a stunning rendition of Sara Bareilles’ emotional ballad “Gravity.” Her vocals were a little shaky in spots (probably nerves). But, overall, this girl can really sing. She packed tons of power and plenty of emotion. Oh America, what are you going to do?
Simon Cowell Narrowly Escapes Being Murdered
We love human “Sherlock” Colin Cloud! But, his routine revolving around Simon Cowell being “almost” murdered by Mel B was a little too creepy. Simon really didn’t care for it either (can we blame him?). Mel B almost stabbed him – thank God it she was using a rubber knife. How he got an audience member’s handwritten phrase onto a metal plaque on the bench where Simon was sitting was mind-blowing though. The delivery was a little too long though. This doesn’t bode well for his advancement, but, we’ll see.
Subway Singer Does Sweet Ed Sheeran Cover
Extremely likable subway singer Mike Yung returned to sing a heartfelt rendition of Ed Sheeran’s Grammy-winning song “Thinking Out Loud.” He did a beautiful job. Again, there is so much “vocal” competition out there this season, we’re not sure if he did enough to capture America’s vote.
Projection Lights and Aerialists Dazzle
Projection artists Oskar and Gaspar really delivered a dazzling display of lights/animation using a pair of male and female models (not Heidi this time). Everyone loved it – except Heidi thought the pacing was slow. Likewise, acrobats/dance team Diavolo really stepped up their game with a shimmering space-themed performance. We could definitely see this group selling lots of Vegas show tickets. They definitely deserve to make it through.
Chase Goehring and Kechi Shine
Ginger-haired singer-songwriter Chase Goehring channeled Jason Mraz more than Ed Sheeran last night with his original song about lost love, “Illusion.” Hands down, Chase needs to make it through. He writes, performs and delivers his own material. He’s totally comfortable on stage and is just dripping with star quality and the “likeability” factor.
Inspirational burn survivor Kechi closed the show with an incredible rendition of Katy Perry’s “By the Grace of God.” Mel B called her performance “pitch perfect.” Kechi, who is from Houston, told Howie she was praying people affected by Hurricane Harvey there would draw inspiration from her performance. It was such an emotional moment and a wonderful way to end the night. Sniff, sniff.
We really don’t know how America is going to vote this week, because all of the acts brought their “A” game. Seven slots don’t seem like enough, given the brilliance of the singers this week alone. We may be in for some shocking results tonight. We have no choice but to wait and see!
“America’s Got Talent” airs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/7p.m. CT on NBC.