“America’s Got Talent” continued auditions for its 12th season Tuesday night with 12 more acts performing in front of series judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. In the audition phase of the show, acts perform in front of the panel, needing at least three judges to give them a “yes” vote in order to advance to the next round. If at least two judges buzz the act with their “X” button then the act is eliminated. A rare hit of the “Golden Buzzer” from the panel sends an act straight through to the live performances.
Below, read our “Americas Got Talent” Season 12, Episode 3 recap of the 12 acts in the order in which they were showcased on Tuesday’s episode. Who stood out? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts down in the comments section.
Oscar Hernandez: With only the introduction that he would be performing on his own, Oscar defied all expectations by dancing, almost mark for mark, the original choreography to Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda.” Filled with surprise and giddy excitement, all four “AGT” judges voted to advance Oscar to the next round.
Elena and Sasha: At first you might have expected Elena to be a comedy act considering how many laughs she got during their on-stage introduction. But the couple’s talent is much more dangerous than jokes — Elena balances on a pole, doing handstands and twisting hula hoops at the top of it, that is in turn balanced on nothing but Sasha’s forehead. Needless to say, one of the most dangerous acts the show has ever seen advanced to the next stage with four yeses.
Shemika Charles: Coming from a long line of limbo artists, Shemika continues the family tradition of compacting her body to such a low level that she can limbo under the shortest bars while balancing batons on her forehead. To differentiate herself from other limbo artists, Shemika brought a truck onstage and passed under the entire width of it as her final act. That grand finale sealed the deal with the judges and Shemika moved on by a unanimous vote.
Kechi Okwuchi: Kechi’s survival story is only one of the miraculous things we discovered about her during the audition — she is also gifted with a truly gorgeous voice. Kechi’s song choice, one of hope and love even when up against the toughest odds, spoke to her own personal life, but also matched her voice in a perfect way, justifying the four yeses she received from the panel.
Benchavan Shale: Though the 73-year old Benchavan is such a sweetheart, and a huge flirt with Simon, being endearing is not her talent. Instead she showed off her singing talents which weren’t quite up to high bar set by other performers and so she was eliminated with three no votes.
Tony and Jordan: In one of the most visually stimulating magician acts, the identical twins may not have had the most jaw-dropping tricks to show, but definitely entertained to the point of bringing something new to the table. Simon went so far as to call them a potential Las Vegas act before casting his vote, along with the other three judges, to send them to the next round.
In the Stairwell: In the Stairwell is an a cappella group from the United States Air Force Academy of 18 to 22 year old men that not only sing but bring clean dance crew choreography to the stage as well. Despite cheers throughout from the audience, Howie buzzed the group mid-performance with the explanation that he was bored. The other judges strongly disagreed, however, giving them the three votes the group needed to move on.
Wyatt Gray: Wyatt defied his nerves to take the stage, but remained uncomfortable long enough to completely bomb his comedy set in front of the judges, none of whom voted for him to remain in the competition.
Daniel Ferguson: Also showing signs of crippling nerves ahead of his performance, Daniel took the stage right after Wyatt but fared much better. Daniel announced himself as a singer, but transformed into an impressionist comedy act by singing “Cake by the Ocean” in the voices of fictional characters like Goofy, Kermit the Frog and even Simon himself, who referred to Daniel’s act as a breath of fresh air. All four judges loved the act and adoringly sent him through to the next round.
Pompeyo Family Dogs: Upping the cuteness factor, the family of dogs earned a standing ovation from the panel and the audience by impressing with a circus of tricks including handstands, walking on their hind legs and pushing each other in toy cars.
Dancing Pumpkin Man: Arriving on stage in a bull body black leotard and pumpkin mask, he declared his goal of “advancing the modern avant-garde.” Early in the out-of-the-box performance, Simon pressed his buzzer, but both Mel seemed quite enamored, setting the stage for a split decision. Howie joined Mel in his support of the act, leaving the decision up to Heidi who said no, prompting Mel to take the stage and demand that someone change their vote. Ultimately, Simon changed his vote so we’ll be seeing the Dancing Pumpkin Man again.
Christian Guardino: Though only 16 years old, Christian is an ageless talent, bringing down the house with an old-school voice and the performance swagger of a teenage heartthrob. Christian left the judges speechless with his incredible talent, but when he finally found his words Simon declared him one of his favorite acts of the season. When asked by Howie what his one wish in the moment would be, Christian said “the Golden Buzzer,” and so Howie granted him that wish, sending him straight to the live shows.
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