“America’s Got Talent” aired the second live show of season 12 on Tuesday (Aug. 22) and a dozen acts took to the stage of the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, including four of the Golden Buzzer winners. While seven of these are guaranteed to move on to the semi-finals in two weeks time, were any of them good enough to be crowned season 12 “AGT” champ next month?
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Brobots and Mandroidz: This all-male dance troupe got buzzed by Howie Mandel but the other three judges were impressed with their routine.
Celine Tam: This talented tyke had won over guest judge Laverne Cox and was the first of the Golden Buzzer acts to perform on the live show. She delivered a stirring rendition of the Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston duet “When You Believe.”
Mirror Image: These twins, who both sing and dance, once again failed to impress Simon Cowell and he was quick to buzz them. The tart-tongued Englishman cited their singing as a weak point of their performance.
Johnny Manuel: Several weeks ago, guest judge Seal had put this powerhouse singer straight through to the live shows when he hit his Golden Buzzer. He wasn’t on the panel that praised him this week for his over-the-top version of the classic show tune “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.”
Merrick Hanna: This versatile performer tells stories through dance which resonated with all the judges, with Cowell singling him out for particular praise.
Eric Jones: While this magician tried hard, he failed to impress Cowell with his feats of prestidigitation which involved shifting objects, including himself, through panes of glass.
The Masqueraders: Half a century on from being dropped by their record label, this group reunited to perform an original track. While Mel B was less than impressed with their sound, Cowell urged viewers to vote for them.
Light Balance: Tyra Banks‘ Golden Buzzer act ran afoul of technical issues and producers had to substitute the dress rehearsal footage of their dazzling routine. Mandel made the astute observation that it allowed the panel to experience their talent in the same way as the TV audience.
Evie Clair: By adding piano playing to her act, this singer won over all four judge, who lavished her with praise for being so open about her life.
Demian Aditya: This daredevil disappointed as a technical issue caused his escape act to be curtailed. That drama extended to the panel, with Cowell taking a swipe at Mel B who responded by dousing him with her drink before storming off the set.
The Pompeyo Family: This trio won over the judges with their troupe of trained dogs and a jungle-themed routine set to Katy Perry‘s “Roar.”
Mandy Harvey: Cowell was wowed once again by his Golden Buzzer act. This deaf singer/songwriter closed the show with a song that had the whole audience cheering.
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