The live shows of “America’s Got Talent” 2017 continued Tuesday night on NBC with 12 more acts performing during the Quarterfinals 3 episode. The dozen talented acts were: singer-songwriter/guitarist Chase Goehring, mentalist Colin Cloud, singer Kechi, singer Angelina Green, acrobatic dance group Diavolo, gospel choir Greater Works, dog act Sara and Hero, singer Mike Yung, salsa dance duo Junior & Emily Alabi, dancer Oscar Hernandez, videomapping act Oskar and Gaspar, and vocal group Final Draft.
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8:00 p.m. — Another round of “AGT” live shows has begun! Who will be this week’s Darci Lynne Farmer — i.e. the act who goes insanely viral on social media? My money is on Goehring. Give us your best guesses down in the comments section.
8:01 p.m. — Host Tyra Banks looking fierce as always as she warns the crowd that only seven will survive through tomorrow.
8:02 p.m. — First up tonight is gospel choir DaNell Daymon & Greater Works. Whoa! Going more secular this time around with a spirited cover of “You’re the One That I Want” from “Grease.” This is so infectious. Love their energy.
8:06 p.m. — All four judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Simon Cowell — are on their feet! What a way to start. Mel B gives praise to Jesus after their performance, Mandel feels like he’s in church, and Cowell says, “This is what we all need.” Hard to not see them going through.
8:12 p.m. — Banks offers her support on behalf of the show to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Text HARVEY to 90999 to make your donation!
8:14 p.m. — Dancing duo Junior & Emily are next. I cannot handle all this spinning! These guys have a lot of passion. It’s enthralling and dramatic. Can they make it to the next round, though? I’m not sure.
8:16 p.m. — Mel B and Klum praise the duo for stepping it up. Simon says it was their most powerful performance yet and proclaim they deserve a spot in the Semifinals. All raves from the judges. But America is hot and cold on dancers on this show, and we’ve seen many dancers eliminated in the quarterfinals so far, so it’s tough to tell if they’ll get the votes.
8:23 p.m. — First wild card act! Vocal foursome Final Draft is up and they’re ready to prove why they shouldn’t have been eliminated in the Judge Cuts. Listen to those smooth vibes. It’s a haunting version of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” Kind of like what you would hear in a trailer for a movie. Music is very loud, drowning them out. Will America be charmed?
8:28 p.m. — Mandel does not love their performance and Cowell and Klum seem pretty lukewarm as well. Mel B, the only one to give them a standing ovation, compares them to Boyz II Men! She hopes America votes them through.
8:34 p.m. — Dancer Oscar Hernandez is about to strut his stuff. High production values! Hernandez is slaying! Fergie’s song “M.I.L.F. $” has never felt like more of an anthem. Judges on their feet.
8:37 p.m. — Mel B asks Hernandez if he forgot the choreography but quickly gets booed. Cowell implores on America to “break the mold,” and proclaims “big is beautiful.” Mandel says he is the epitome of not judging a book by its cover. I agree. Let’s send this beautiful spirit to the Semifinals.
8:44 p.m. — The last of our female child singers is up: 13-year-old Angelina Green, Klum’s Golden Buzzer. Well, I’m already crying. She’s singing Sara Bareilles’ beautiful ballad “Gravity” and doing it justice. A few shaky spots near the end but the audience supports her.
8:47 p.m. — Klum says Green should be very proud of herself and that she has a recognizable voice. Simon is calling her “Angelica.” Wrong child singer! Mel B says her music speaks to everyone. Green is very emotional.
8:53 p.m. — Everyone’s favorite magician/Sherlock/vampire Colin Cloud has arrived! Cloud has invited Cowell onstage to solve “the murder of Simon Cowell!” This should be fun. He instructs Mel B to point out an audience member to come to the stage. He then instructs the audience to think of a naughty or guilty memory. He tells the audience member to write a motive on a piece of paper. Colin then talks to another audience member, telling her she was thinking about a camping trip where a dog bit her butt. She confirms! He then instructs the first audience member to choose a “murder weapon” at random. Next, he tells Mel B to stand onstage with Cowell. Cloud then surmises that the audience member’s name was Kirstie and that she’s studying physical therapy. He says he stole her entire collection of Justin Bieber CDs, the same message Kirstie wrote on her piece of paper! He then tells Mel B to hold the knife high up in the air and stab Cowell. It’s plastic! And as it turns out, right on the bench reads the same message Kirstie wrote. This was a little long and confusing, but still quite clever!
9:02 p.m. — The judges appreciate his performance, though Mandel agrees with me that it’s a little long. Mel B praises Cloud as “incredible” with the amount of stuff going on in the act.
9:04 p.m. — Subway singer Mike Yung is up next. Looks like Cloud might have run a little long as they’re not quite done changing out the stage! Commercial break.
9:08 p.m. — Aaaand we’re back. Yung is going contemporary with Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” Good night for Sheeran! Am I just now noticing he actually sounds a bit like Elton John? No? Just me? He’s giving it his all with this song. You can just see that he loves the power of music.
9:11 p.m. — Another standing ovation! Klum says this was Yung’s best performance. Cowell says Yung isn’t faking it and that he made a great song choice. Mel B talks about how it’s been a roller coaster ride with Yung, and now we’ve got more bickering with Cowell. It’s getting testy. Yikes.
9:18 p.m. — Videomapping artists Oskar and Gaspar, who did not perform in the Judge Cuts, are represented with a pair of models who appear onstage in their bathing suits. Inky black imagery appears on their bodies before exploding into a series of beautiful colors. They seem to be symbolizing the powerful emotions of falling in love
9:22 p.m. — Klum thinks the pacing was slow, which is met with boos. Mandel and Cowell are both impressed and praise “AGT” for giving acts like this a platform. They’re all a little confused considering Oskar and Gaspar choose not to present themselves onstage but Cowell thinks it adds to the mystery.
9:26 p.m. — Sara and her amazing dog Hero are up now. We know Cowell has a special connection to these two, advocating for them since the beginning. This time around she has some help from another one of her dogs, Loki! It’s an Egyptian theme, and Sara’s dogs are expertly performing choreography against her. This is so charming!
9:31 p.m. — Mel B likes that the performance got better as it went along, and Klum says it all came together with this performance. Cowell reveals he thought this was better than some of the human dancers. Cowell then instructs the audience (even the cats!) to vote for Sara and Hero. Ha!
9:37 p.m. — Singer/rapper/guitarist/teen heartthrob Chase Goehring is here. This time he’s singing another original song called “Illusion,” which is about unrequited love. It’s another catchy song, with an impressive rap bridge. He has a Jason Mraz/Twenty One Pilots vibe that’s very popular right now, so he should make it through.
9:42 p.m. — Mel B feels like she identifies with Goehring’s artistry. Klum admits she wasn’t a huge fan of the song. Cowell is impressed that he has not compromised his art. Mandel says he is a star and encourages America to vote. The segment ends with Goehring offering advice on getting through unrequited love.
9:44 p.m. — We head right into the next act, acrobatic dance group Diavolo. This performance is all about space travelers looking into the unknown. The flexible performers crawl in and out of a spinning circular structure, running around the stage and showing off their talents in a way not unlike the cast of Broadway’s “Cats.” In a good way! The audience and the judges are blown away, all of them on their feet.
9:48 p.m. — Cowell admits he fell back in love with Diavolo tonight, and Mandel once again begs America to vote for this kind of original act. Mel B praises them for being so different, revealing she would buy a ticket to their performance.
9:53 p.m. — Singer Kechi is in the pimp slot tonight, so I’m expecting a huge, show-stopping moment. She’s singing Katy Perry’s “By the Grace of God,” and her take on the song is even more resonant than Perry’s, given her backstory. It’s a very emotional feeling in the room, with Kechi openly crying after her warm reception.
9:58 p.m. — Mel B says she was “pitch perfect” tonight and insisted that she must go through to the Semifinals. Cowell tells Kechi she came out as the person she always wanted to be and that she was incredibly inspirational in these times. Mandel says it is serendipitous that she actually lives in Houston, considering what they are going through. Okwuchi says she prays the people of Houston could see her performance to give them a little bit of inspiration to go on. Powerful stuff.
10 p.m. — And that’s a wrap! Only seven will move on to the Semifinals. Vote vote vote!
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