Imagine proving the existence of time travel and still not making it into the top three. The AGT: All-Stars superfans are not easily impressed.
Of course, the manipulation of time and space was just one of many talents brought forth in the fifth week of auditions. We also enjoyed the simple pleasure of watching two former sumo wrestlers make funny noises by slapping their tummies together — which is also a talent.
Thus far, the judges and superfans have sent eight acts through to the finals: aerialist Aidan Bryant, magician Aidan McCann, saxophonist Avery Dixon, the actrobatic Bello Sisters, Detroit Youth Choir, dance group Light Balance Kids, stand-up comedian Mike E. Winfield and dance pair Power Duo.
Hoping to join them were the 10 Got Talent veterans who took the stage on Monday: ventriloquist Ana-Maria Mărgean, singer Archie Williams, comedian Axel Blake, magician Jasper Cherry, singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey, rapping magician Mervant Vera, singer Peter Rosalita, singer Tom Ball, World Taekwondo Demonstration Team and comedic duo Yumbo Dump.
Read on to find out how this week’s 10 acts fared, complete with video of their auditions. When you’re done, vote for the acts you would have sent through and drop a comment with your thoughts on the season thus far.
SAFE (GOLDEN BUZZER WINNER): Tom Ball
After losing to Blake in his season of Britain’s Got Talent, this charming high school teacher returned with a renewed desire to win, hopefully inspiring a few of his students in the process. He hoped that a lovely take on Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” would do the trick, and it sure did — he walked away with the group’s Golden Buzzer! Cowell even told Ball that he would have won BGT if he’d brought that performance to the stage.
ELIMINATED: Archie Williams
It was all gratitude for this Louisiana native, who returned to remind America why he almost cracked the Top 5 in AGT Season 15. His performance of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” came directly from the heart, and you could feel it. “You have everything it takes to make it all the way on this stage,” Mandel told him.
ELIMINATED: Axel Blake
Cowell’s Golden Buzzer from Season 15 of Britain’s Got Talent worried that his humor might not translate with American audiences, but he wisely stuck to universal jokes about the highs and lows of air travel. Howie Mandel applauded Blake for delivering new material, rather than relying on what he knows has worked for him in the past.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work well enough for him in the present.
ELIMINATED: Jasper Cherry
This young magician, who previously made a name for himself on Britain’s Got Talent, set out to prove that time travel is possible. Do I know how Cherry managed to set every audience member’s phone back five minutes? Or how he changed a photo Klum previously took on her phone? Yes, of course I do.
(Witchcraft, that’s how!)
ELIMINATED: Mervant Vera
You want magic? You want rap? Well, this AGT Season 17 semifinalist came armed with both. “You do it all,” Mandel told him following a high-energy performance that managed to get the audience involved. Cowell called him “unbelievably talented” before offering his best wishes with the superfans. If only he’d offered a few more.
ELIMINATED: World Taekwondo Demonstration Team
No boards were left unbroken as this high-flying team of Taekwondo masters showed off their best moves for the slack-jawed judges, who occasionally had to duck for cover when a flying piece of wood came their way.
ELIMINATED: Yumbo Dump
Hoping that their seventh time would be the charm, this Japanese duo — which has, in fact, appeared on six Got Talent shows already — came with a single goal: to win over Heidi Klum. Tricking the audience into giving her a standing ovation certainly helped, but I think I have to side with Cowell on this one: “It’s really stupid but really funny.” Actually, just the first part.
And the superfans clearly agreed.
ELIMINATED (THIRD PLACE): Mandy Harvey
This inspiring singer-songwriter, who continues to make music despite losing her hearing at age 18, blessed the audience with an uplifting performance of “Something I Can Feel,” an original song written from the heart. It’s a beautiful track with lyrics we can all relate to: “It’s time to pick up all the pieces. I know they’ll never fit the way they always did, but maybe that’s what growing is.”
The superfans also loved her, putting her in third place this week.
ELIMINATED (RUNNER-UP): Peter Rosalita
Not even a sore throat could keep this kid down. After capturing Celine Dion’s attention, this AGT Season 16 semifinalist returned to capture something (arguably) even better: a win! Expectations were high ahead of the pint-sized powerhouse’s performance, and he more than met them with a killer rendition of “Go the Distance” from Disney’s Hercules. Like, Michael Bolton definitely just woke up in a cold sweat and has no idea know why.
Rosalita’s performance was almost enough to keep him in the competition, with the superfans placing him in second this week.
SAFE (SUPERFAN VOTE WINNER): Ana-Maria Mărgean
This ventriloquist queen, who previously won Romania’s Got Talent, pulled all the right strings this week, charming the audience with her funny (and surprisingly musical) routine opposite an adorable puppy puppet.
In fact, she charmed her way right into the superfans’ hearts, winning their votes and earning a spot in the finals.
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