“They weren’t us,” declared Sue Fink, director of the Los Angeles-based Angel City Chorale, when asked by “America’s Got Talent” judge Simon Cowell why a choir has never won the reality TV show before. (See the complete “AGT” winners list.) Sue her 160-member choir took the stage during the Tuesday, July 10 episode of “AGT” to perform Toto’s “Africa,” and she had the entire audience captivated. Obviously, Simon and fellow judges Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel all voted “yes” to send Angel City Chorale through to the next round. Watch the “Americas Got Talent” audition above and read the judges’ comments below.
Howie: “I love the way this began. Talk about taking an audition by storm. You really, literally took it by storm. It was amazing.”
Mel B: “There’s something very, very impactful when you all sing together. It’s very uplifting. It’s fantastic.”
Heidi: “I liked it very much. My favorite part is also when you are interactive with the audience. I really loved it.”
Simon: “I just felt there was something magical about hearing you all sing together. When a song works and the vocals work, it just washes all over you and you feel amazing. That’s what great choirs can do and you’ve got a fantastic combined energy. This a great audition. I’m gonna remember this for a long time. I’m thrilled.”
In his “AGT” recap, our live-blogger John Benutty noted, “The 160 members of the Angel City Chorale have the mission of building community through diverse backgrounds and inspire by donating time and resources to charitable endeavors. Their audition began with the group making the sound of rain with snapping fingers, patting their thighs and then jumping on the stage in rhythm to mimic thunder claps. After that they sang like every other choir, but still they created a great energy on stage and with the audience and judges and so it was an easy YES from all four judges. Simon calls them one of the best choirs they’ve ever had on the show, but will they be the first to actually win?”