It has gotten to that point of the season in “America’s Got Talent” where some genuinely talented acts are forced to go home. Even some Golden Buzzer acts made it to the live shows only to have their dreams dashed before the Season 12 Finals. America said goodbye to six great acts last week: magician Eric Jones, rollerblading siblings Billy and Emily England, gospel choir Greater Works, and singers Johnny Manuel, Mike Yung and Yoli Mayor. So who do you think was robbed of a spot in the Finals? Vote in our poll below.
While it was exciting to watch Darci Lynne Farmer, Preacher Lawson, Sara and Hero, Evie Clair and Chase Goehring advance to next week’s Finals, it was also heartbreaking to watch the above six acts head home. Let’s break down each of the eliminated acts and their journeys on “Americas Got Talent” 2017:
Eric Jones – Magician
Jones did not have the easiest time on “AGT,” but he persevered as an underdog who constantly had to deliver his best performance. He performed a coin trick for his audition, then an elaborate card trick at the judges’ panel that involved breaking Simon Cowell’s button with a hammer. For the quarterfinals, he enlisted Howie Mandel to pull of a trick with cards and glass. He was up for elimination but the judges Cowell and Mel B saw something in him and he was advanced to the Semifinals. There, he involved all four judges for some elaborate coin tricks. Jones once again accumulated enough votes from the public to be eligible for a judges save, but the judges voted to send Goehring into the finale instead.
Billy and Emily – Rollerblading siblings
Billy and Emily England mostly performed the same act each week on “America’s Got Talent” this season, but they managed to up the stakes each time. The act typically began with Billy and Emily spinning around and performing tricks with each other on rollerblades, with the climax featuring Billy lifting Emily off the ground and spinning her around. They really stepped things up in the Judge Cuts by having Emily simply swing from Billy’s beard.
Greater Works – Gospel choir
Led by DaNell Daymon, Greater Works really knew how to entertain a crowd. With their high-spirited takes on popular songs, the huge ensemble performed the traditional “This Little Light of Mine” for their audition, and followed it up with a cover of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in the Judge Cuts. Their most memorable moment was in the Quarterfinals, an electric performance of “You’re the One That I Want” from “Grease.” They slowed things down in the Semifinals with a performance of “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith.
Johnny Manuel – Singer
Manuel’s masterful audition, covering Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” was one of the most viewed auditions of the season. He returned for the Judge Cuts to perform another huge track, Stevie Wonder’s “Lately,” and prompted guest judge Seal to hit his Golden Buzzer. Manuel pushed himself even further by covering “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls” in the Quarterfinals. He then performed an original song in the Semifinals called “Blind Faith.”
Mike Yung – Singer
Yung, who has performed in the subways of New York for 37 years, catapulted into fame with his astounding rendition of “Unchained Melody.” He then performed another gut-wrenching cover in the Judge Cuts, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” In the Quarterfinals he changed things up with a cover of a recent song, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” His final performance, “Don’t Give Up On Me,” brought back that raw energy.
Yoli Mayor – Singer
Mayor had one of the more interesting auditions of the season. After a few lines of “I Put a Spell on You,” Cowell thought it was too old-fashioned and asked her to stop, and she went on to nail a cover of “Make It Rain.” She then covered Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” in the Judge Cuts and impressed the judges even more. Next, she performed a cover of Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Human” and was put in jeopardy, but the judges saved her and advanced her to the Semifinals. Her final performance was a cover of James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go.”
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