“America’s Got Talent” season 13 continues on June 5 with another two hour episode showcasing the best (and worst) auditions. In this phase of “AGT,” an act needs at least three of the four judges (Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B ) to give them a “yes” vote to advance to the next round. If two or more judges buzz the act, it is immediately eliminated. Each judge has one chance to hit the “golden buzzer” and send an act straight through to the live performances. Host Tyra Banks did just that in the premiere when she flipped for dance troupe Zurcaroh.
The format is the same this year as last, with “America’s Got Talent” airing initially just on Tuesdays with these first six weeks devoted to the auditions that took place around the country. Then there will be four weeks of Judge Cuts beginning in July, followed by the series of live performance shows and results episodes.
Below, read our “America’s Got Talent” Season 13, Episode 2 recap of the first acts in the order in which they were showcased on Tuesday’s episode:
8:02 p.m. – Night 2 of AGT begins with a series of sounds created by Yumbo Dump. We first heard the thumps of them walking on to stage. The next swas the sound of a drop of water falling on water. Then Mel hitting her buzzer. Then pulling a cork out of a bottle of scotch. The cries of dolphins. UFOs flying. And all of these sounds were created using their bellies! Howie, Heidi and Simon understood that ultimately they were a comedy act, but the entertainment was lost on Mel who was the only NO for the duo. I side with Mel here, but hopefully they’ll do something more impressive in the next round!
8:12 p.m. – Following the belly laughs, we saw two different couples provide some different kinds of sounds for us. Shawn and Lindsay, a stand up comedy duo, attempted to take digs at themselves, but every joke fell flat and the silence in the audience was deafening. The only sound to be heard was four NOs. They were followed by Carissa and Michael of Us the Duo, a singing act, who sang an original song inspired by their relationship. The crowd and the judges loved their performance, though Howie and Mel found the song to be a little “coffee house.” It was an easy YES from Simon and Heidi, a NO from Howie and a hesitant YES from Mel so they move on!
8:24 p.m. – Farmgirl Lilly Wilker was next who won Simon over before her performance with her love of animals. Her talent, in turns out, was inspired by those animals because she can imitate all of their sounds! She recreated dolphins, ducks, dogs, horses, a turkey and a rooster. The judges were totally endeared by her and sent her through to the next round, but Simon put it best when he said that he’s not sure she can win. It’s a tough act to impress round upon round, but hopefully she can do something surprising again next time!
8:34 p.m. – Luck was in the air when brothers Ricardo and Alejandro (Fratelli Rossi) brought their tumbling act to the stage. Simon warned them that there had already been a number of accidents earlier in the day, but even despite a recent injury they attempted daring paired spins, tosses, flips and balancing that resulted in yet another accident on stage when one of them fell mid-spin! But that didn’t stop them and in an incredible display of courage they tried again to correct their mistake and succeeded! Happily and proudly all four judges gave them a YES, cheering on their perseverance and determination.
8:45 p.m. – For Christina Wells, a singer in her 40s who had missed out on opportunities in the past because of her size, insecurities have held her back for most of her life and AGT is her chance to finally live her dream and show her sons that you can achieve your dreams if you try. Tonight she brought the house down with a huge voice that got all four judges to their feet. In their comments the judges called Christina an explosion, an inspiration and compared her to the great singers of the past. Needless to say, she got a YES from each judge and will sing again in the next round.
8:56 p.m. – From Dominican Republic, dance group Da RepubliK served up an entertaining mixed genre routine that included tumbling, hip hop, jazz, theatrics and tricks. Though I’d say the act was much more akin to a cheerleading squad than a group of dancers, their energy, choreography and drive was all adored by the panel who sent them through to the next round.
9:06 p.m. – After a series of acts that he didn’t feel were dangerous enough, Simon got more than he bargained for with Aaron Crow. For his act he first used his sword to slice an apple in mid-air before bringing two assistants and Howie on stage. After using hot candle wax, bandages, duct tape and foil to completely cover his eyes, he blindly knifed through a bag of rice in one assistant’s hands, used numb chucks to break a board in half in the other assistant’s hands and then sliced through a pineapple atop Howie’s head with a sword. Though Howie got a lot of credit from the rest of the judges for having the guts to risk his life, they also loved what Aaron did and unanimously gave him the YES votes needed to advance.
9:19 p.m. – In a 180 from the danger of Aaron Crow, the next act Alex Hooper just wants to make everyone smile with positivity and comedy. But unfortunately his comedy act didn’t tip the scales in the positive direction–instead he simply took digs at each of the judges and Tyra. To the roaring boos of the crowd, Howie, Mel and Heidi all Xd him off the stage with only Simon actually laughing at his jokes and giving him the only YES. Thankfully he won’t be spreading any of his positivity in the next round!
9:29 p.m. – Living out his dream to perform all over the world, Mochi dazzled with his act of synchronized movements with an LED screen behind him. Though we saw acts like this last season, Howie felt like it was something he’d never seen before and Mel called the act very current. Simon on the other hand said that the performance hinged on Mochi’s personality, joining the rest of the panel to give him a full set of YESES to the next round of the competition.
9:39 p.m. – Celina and Filiberto, 66 and 70 years old respectively, fulfilled their lifelong dream tonight by dancing on the national stage together. Though we all expected them to perform a sweet waltz or something else in the ballroom genre, they instead left us shook with twerking, grinding and gyrating all over the stage. Mel was not feeling it and hit her X, saying it’s stuff that should have been done in private. But thankfully the other judges loved it as much as the audience because they achieved the minimum of three YESES needed to advance!
9:50 p.m. – For the final act of the night, Michael Ketterer, father of six, battled his nerves to sing a gorgeous rendition of “To Love Somebody.” The song was an emotional cap to his remarkable story about his family. Howie called him a star, Mel called him an incredible singer and Simon called him a surprise considering how nervous he was. But the real surprise was when Simon stood up to hit his golden buzzer for Michael, making him the second act of season 13 to go straight through to the live shows!