Former AGT champions and finalists rang in the holiday season with judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B for the “America’s Got Talent: A Holiday of Champions” special which aired last night (Dec. 17) on NBC. Terry Crews donned his Santa hat to host the yuletide event which featured a plethora of acts putting on a spectacular holiday-themed show.
We put together a short list of our Top 3 favorite moments of the night below.
3. The Clairvoyants Turn Howie into Scrooge
Season 11 runners-up The Clairvoyants continually stunned the audience, judges and viewers alike with their jaw-dropping mentalist act, which put them in second place during their AGT run. Thommy and Amelie returned to the AGT stage with a holiday twist for the TV special. They asked Howie to join them on stage and dressed him in a cloak and hat as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Next, they asked him to hide three items in three different pockets of the cloak. Not only did they correctly guess which items were in which pockets, but they also had Christmas cards under every audience member seat showing a picture of Howie and the placement of each item. It was incredible – and Howie was a great sport through it all. He made a wonderful Scrooge!
AGT season two ventriloquist champ Terry Fator opened the show with his friendly “Elvis Presley” puppet. They bantered a bit about choosing a song to sing and Elvis launched into a brilliant version of “Blue Christmas.” Fator is incredibly talented and in a poignant moment, Simon thanked Fator for “making” the show. It was nice to see an early champion return to remind us all the critically-acclaimed show can really impact lives and make dreams come true.
1. Sons of Serendip and Silhouettes Perform “The Christmas Song”
Season nine finalists Sons of Serendip and Season six runners-up Silhouettes did a beautiful and emotional joint performance of the Christmas classic “The Christmas Song.” Sons of Serendip combined stunning vocals, harp and piano, while Silhouettes did a breathtaking routine which depicted a soldier leaving his wife and kids at Christmas and eventually returning. Their choreographed moments found the group members morphing their bodies to form words “celebrate” and “family” and even depict Santa and his sleigh. “Love” was symbolically shared between family members throughout the act, which ended with their father joyously returning home from war.
All four judges gave the collective group a standing ovation. It was sonically, visually and emotionally extraordinary. The performance also reminded us all what really matters most at the holiday time is family and the love we share. Their amazing act earns our pick for the best performance of the night.