“America’s Got Talent” aired the third round of season 13 auditions last night (June 12) on NBC. Last week, a devoted dad wowed the judges and audience with a passionate Bee Gees cover song and earned the Golden Buzzer. This week, a former “Glee” cast member, a stunning light show, and a surprising final act are standout acts among the new batch of hopefuls who hit the AGT stage in pursuit of their dreams.
Cutie Pie, Presto Chango and a Sweet Second Chance
Adorable five-year-old singer Sophie Fatu kicked off the night with one of the sweetest auditions in AGT history. Dressed in a frilly pink dress, the little cutie pie sang an amazing rendition of Frank Sinatra’s signature anthem “My Way.” Her strong stage presence and “big” vocal abilities belied her tender age. Plus, she stole everyone’s hearts with her humble “Thank you” when she received her well-deserved praise. We’re thrilled Sophie earned a pass through to the next round!
Quick change act Sixto and Lucia dazzled everyone with their lightning quick changes. They are noticeably faster than other AGT contenders doing this kind of act and Simon Cowell told them so, calling their performance one of the best versions of the act he’s ever seen. Plus, they even involved Tyra in the act and had her change in a puff of smoke. Bravo!
“Gleeks” everywhere will probably remember Noah Guthrie, who joined the “Glee” cast as Roderick in the show’s final season. He’s also an established YouTube artist and opened for Selena Gomez at one of her shows. His AGT audition gives him a second chance to pick up where his budding career left off when “Glee” ended. He slayed his soulful, raspy version of “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna and received a unanimous vote through to the next round. (Watch Noah's AGT audition below).
Dazzling Dancers and a Stunning Light Show
The Future Kingz made a huge impression with their tightly-choreographed, energetic dance routine. The troupe is led by two brothers and is filled with friends and family, including a sweet little seven-year-old boy who did a fantastic job at such a young age. They were thrilled to advance, with Mel B calling their act “very current” and “very now.” The youngest member prompted huge smiles from the judges when he asked them for a Dunkin’ Donut. His wish was granted – and we couldn’t be happier for him.
“America’s Got Talent” has seen many interesting light shows. Last year, Light Balance finished in third place. Last night, virtual reality act Front Pictures performed a stunning show in which it looked like the performer was moving inside a video game, at times in “space,” underwater, through cylindrical tunnels and more. This act would be perfect for a Las Vegas stage.
A Narrow Escape and a Surprise Ending
Danger acts are popular on the AGT stage and escape artist Lord Nil scared everyone when his fiancée zip-tied his wrists to a metal bar and locked his head in a box, while he stood underneath a box of scorpions that lowered slowly toward his head. He bent the bar with brute strength and barely escaped in time. He kept us all in nail-biting suspense and the judges loved it. So, we’ll see him again!
A fair number of zany acts hit the stage and moved on before a shy 13-year-old girl named Courtney Hadwin took her place on the “X” as the final act of the night. The British teen's quiet demeanor instantly blasted away when the music began and she delivered an electric version of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle.” To say it was jaw-dropping doesn’t even adequately describe her performance. She was completely transformed on the stage and easily stole the show. All the judges were blown away. Howie Mandel was so impressed, in fact, that he compared watching her to the first time Clive Davis saw and discovered Janis Joplin. He said, “I’m not Clive Davis and I can’t give you a record deal …” He smashed his Golden Buzzer instead, sending the vocal dynamo straight through to the live shows. It was an incredible performance and she’s going to be one to watch, moving forward. (Watch Courtney Hadwin's AGT audition above).
“America’s Got Talent” airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. Stay tuned to AXS for AGT recaps and updates.