“America’s Got Talent” is reaching the end of the second stage of the competition — the judge cuts. The fourth and final of these pre-taped episodes airs on August 6. Eighteen performers, who made it through the auditions phase, must do their act once more in front of the “AGT” regulars — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B — as well as guest judge Chris Hardwick, host of “The Wall.”
By the end of the episode, the judges will have cut these 18 acts down to just seven who advance to the live quarter-finals. One of those lucky seven will be extra special as they’ll have been hand-picked by Hardwick for the Golden Buzzer treatment. In so doing, he can overrule the other judges to send his favorite act straight through.
Below, read our “America’s Got Talent” Season 13, Episode 10 recap of the acts in the order in which they took to the stage on Tuesday’s episode. Who are you most excited to see perform in the live shows? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts down in the comments section.
8:03 p.m. – Chris Hardwick’s advice for the contestants auditioning tonight was to just “have fun and be yourself.” The first act to strive to do that was electric violinist Brian King Joseph, who if you remember suffers from a rare nerve disease that is slowly decreasing the feeling in his hands and feet. Tonight he was accompanied by a pianist, but managed to keep the spotlight on him with an effervescent stage presence and engaging persona for a instrumentalist. The judges served him with a standing ovation and thanked him for his persistence, passion, talent and humble personality.
8:13 p.m. – Next up was the comedy act that makes noises using their bodies, Yumbo Dump. Tonight they created the sounds of whales giving birth, owl cries, fish flapping on a boat, and even brought Chris on stage to recreate one with them. Most of the panel was complimentary of the act, visibly enjoying the performance throughout, but Mel hit her X after having a general look of disgust on her face the entire time. Her main gripe is… “Why?!” and honestly, I’m with her!
8:24 p.m. – Tonight two dance crews faced off for, what we can only assume, was a spot for only one of them. First up was Academy of Villains who, dressed as skeletons, used props to create a circus-like routine on stage. Mel loved them, but Simon had hit his red X during the performance, calling it unmemorable. Following them was Da Republik from the Dominican Republic. Their routine to hip hop music was much more acrobatic in nature and had a higher energy level in general. Howie noted their passion and strength as a group and Chris called the performance “stunning.” For Simon, who didn’t like the previous act, Da Republik showed a personality that the other group didn’t.
8:35 p.m. – Berlin sang while playing the piano tonight to the acclaim of Heidi and Simon, but unfortunately we only saw a small bit of her performance. After her was the father-daughter daredevil act Sergey & Sasha Korolev who promised to meet Simon’s challenge of bringing more danger to this act than they did in their initial audition. As before, their act comprised of balancing and lifts of Sasha on Sergey’s head while he climbed over ladders and across planks. But, like, when I say balances and lifts I mean Sasha was literally balancing upside down on her head on top of Sergey’s head. with. no. other. support! Just…. incredible. Naturally the judges were all applause, but got into a bit of a tiff when Mel called them “too amazing.” As if that’s a bad thing? LOL!
8:45 p.m. – 14-year old rapper Flau’jae took the stage next for another original song, “I Can’t Lose,” about what she’s been through in life. After performing she was emotional as she listens to her critiques–Mel loving that she raps from the heart, Howie saying “wow” and calling her a star, and Simon telling her that everything about her act feels real. As if that wasn’t enough, Chris decided that she was good enough to make sure she has a chance to succeed and so he hit his golden buzzer for her!
8:58 p.m. – With only 6 spots available now, Elijah Holt and his “pet” zebra Tyler tried their hand at impressing the judges with their trampoline act. This time Tyler was fully inflated and so Elijah could show the full extent of what he can do with an inflatable zebra and a trampoline. Honestly, he did flips and tricks fairly quickly and that is impressive. The judges were very complimentary, but I’m not sure it’s the kind of act that will go through with so few spots remaining.
9:01 p.m. – Elijah was followed by Sixto and Lucia who returned tonight with their quick-change act. This time they not only had Lucia change when behind a quick-drop curtain, but even walking down a runway while hidden momentarily behind plumes of smoke and at the end cloaked in a toss of petals. For Chris, the performance was impressive because they proved that quick-changing can be dynamic and fresh.
9:09 p.m. – Tonight Brody Ray sang an original song with his guitar, but the song failed to live up to the standards of the judges, though they love his personality. He was followed by crooner Ronnie Lamarque who also disappointed the panel with his song choice–both Mel and Simon thought the performance was “very karaoke.”
9:11 p.m. – After the guys, Glennis Grace came on stage to sing “Nothing Compares 2 U” with the hope of brining something original to the classic track. Her version was eerily stripped down which allowed her powerful voice to be front and center. Her stunning rendition “floored” Chris and the rest of the judges agreed that she gave it her all tonight and is destined to be a star. I have a feeling that if Chris hadn’t already given out his golden buzzer that maybe Glennis would have gotten it instead!
9:21 p.m. – Diabolowalker returned with their crowd-pleasing act that Mel called “spectacular,” but was boring, at least in part, for Simon. Their short clip was followed by contortionist Troy James who began by promising to “get in [the judges’] face” with tonight’s performance. What he meant by that is that his act took him to the judges’ dais where he led Chris back to the stage and bent his own body backwards/upside down and twisted, crawled and prodded around Chris. Chris was honored by being in his act and Simon and Howie both loved how much the audience loved his act.
9:31 p.m. – Street Drum Corps did not “step it up” as Simon had asked them to and so he hit his red X during their performance. Nunnabove, however, did improve upon their first time, but Simon still wasn’t in love with them as an act and told them they still have a ways to go.
9:33 p.m. – Also hoping to make Simon happy, escape artist Lord Nil came to the stage with the same exact escape act as last time except this time with alligators, as Simon had asked of him. Once again he was tied into a straight-jacket and then suspended above the alligators while hanging upside down from three ropes that had been set on fire and would eventually break, dropping him into the pit if he couldn’t escape in time. After one rope broke, Mel hit her red X and after the second rope broke Heidi screamed and….. we went to commercial!
9:41 p.m. – And… miraculously Lord Nil was able to get out of the jacket just as the last rope broke and he latched on to the suspension and pulled himself free from the pit. Simon called the act “incredible” and considered it a huge step up from the previous audition. The rest of the judges were still completely shook from the thrill of the show and Mel still thinks the act is too risky for him to continue.
9:44 p.m. – The last audition of the night was from stand up comedian Samuel J. Comroe who came to the stage tonight with newfound confidence since his successful first audition. His set tonight focused on his relationship with his wife (they were high school sweethearts!) and his disability, poking fun at both of those things with a light-heartedness that makes him super likable. The panel still adores him and based on their compliments of his act tonight he should be safe for one of the final spots in the live shows. We’ll see!
9:54 p.m. – Following deliberation, the judges decided on the six acts from tonight to join Flau’jae in the live shows. They are: Da Republik, Brian King Joseph, Lord Nil, Glennis Grace, Samuel J. Comroe and Yumbo Dump.
10:00 p.m. – Next week the live shows begin on Tuesday night and a live esults show on Wednesday night. Who is your favorite from tonight and who is your favorite act overall? Who do you predict will win the million dollar prize? Let us know in the comments!