“America’s Got Talent” 2017 continued the Quarterfinals stage of its Season 12 competition on Tuesday night with its second live show in Hollywood. In this round the judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B — lose control over who stays and who goes and the viewing audience is given the power of the vote. This week, 12 acts took the stage to perform live, but only seven will advance to the semi-finals and continue on the path to the $1 million prize.
Below, read our “Americas Got Talent” 2017 recap of the 12 acts in the order in which they were showcased on Tuesday’s Live Show 2 episode. Who impressed you the most in their first live show performance? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts down in the comments section.
Brobots and Mandroidz: The all male dance crew came to the stage with a lot of energy and fire, but Howie didn’t feel the “wow” factor from them. The other three judges disagreed and thought they showed an improvement upon their last performance and see that they’ve been working hard.
Celine Tam: The 9-year old Celine earned Laverne Cox‘s Golden Buzzer during Judge Cuts so she had a lot to prove in her first live performance. Taking on the Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston duet “When You Believe,” Celine struggled finding her groove early on, but by the end hit her stride showed that she’s a charming performer with a powerful voice. Mel thought she might have picked the wrong song, but Howie thinks the flaws are what make Celine special.
Mirror Image: After being buzzed from the stage by Simon in the Judge Cuts, the twin singer-dancers were hoping to change his mind about their act this week, but while the other three judges gave a standing ovation Simon buzzed them again. He admitted that the dancing was okay, but let them know that the singing wasn’t that good. His main issue is that he’s not sure what the focus of the act is and why they would deserve the prize.
Johnny Manuel: In order to show off all the tricks to his voice, Johnny took on the broadway classic “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” this week and both the judges and the audience ate it up start to finish. Simon was most impressed by Johnny, calling him a “true diva” and suggesting that the perfect lane for him is broadway (as opposed to a recording artist).
Merrick Hanna: As both dancer and storyteller, Merrick’s routine this week about a lost boy robot reached an emotional level that the judges felt would resonate with both parents and kids. Simon called him the best act of the night so far because of his creativity, innovation and uniqueness and thinks he might be underestimated as a contender to win.
Eric Jones: Eric’s magic show this week focused on being able to transfer unique items (a signed playing card, a poker chip, himself) through sheets of solid glass. Heidi liked that he had the theme for this performance and while Simon thinks he’s done consistently better each time, he still has a lot to work on especially with regard to showmanship.
The Masqueraders: Due to racial injustices fifty years ago, The Masqueraders were dropped from their record label before their careers could take off. This week they sang an original song that would have been one of their records had they been given the chance back then. Mel thinks the performance was over-produced, but Simon urged the audience to vote for the group because the show wouldn’t be the same without them.
Light Balance: A technical issue kept the dance crew from performing live, but thankfully the show could quickly cut to a recording of their dress rehearsal and it was just as impressive as the judges expected it to be. Howie pointed out that it may have been a blessing in disguise because it offered the judges the opportunity to watch the routine on a screen just like the viewers at home do each week.
Evie Clair: Howie was speechless following Evie’s performance that included her playing the piano this time and the other judges quickly joined the chorus to applaud her for her courage to open up about her personal story. They feel that her story is one that a lot of Americans can relate to so as an artist she’s not only talented, but relevant as well.
Demian Aditya: Declaring it his most death-defying act yet, Demian performed what he calls the “Death Drop,” nailed inside of a box suspended high above the stage by a rope and pulley being heated directly by a blow torch. His escape from the box included unchaining himself from within the box before the torch burned the rope and dropped him onto fire and spikes below the box. The excitement of the act was cut short though due to a technical problem that, though Demian escaped, made the impact of the magic disappointing. During Simon’s comments he took an unnecessary dig at Mel who threw her drink at him and disappeared off the dais in protest.
The Pompeyo Family: The Pompeyo Family dogs came to the stage for a safari themed performance to Katy Perry‘s “Roar.” In the act they jumped rope, hurdles and drove each other in miniature jeeps. Simon loved the act again and thought they saved the show considering the two previous acts with technical difficulties.
Mandy Harvey: You’d think that the most impressive thing about Mandy’s act is that she’s a deaf musician, but it’s actually how flawless her voice and artistry are–full stop. This week Mandy exceeded expectations as Simon’s Golden Buzzer pick, and even left him speechless other than him calling her performance “stunning.” Mel agreed whole-heartedly, calling out how powerful and influential she is as an artist.
Overnight viewers vote for their favorite acts with only seven of the twelve advancing to the semi-finals, announced Wednesday night in the first live results show of the season. Five will move forward based on the overnight vote, one will earn the Dunkin Save and another will be pushed through by the judges. Who was your favorite performance of the night? Let us know in the comments!
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