Season 13 of “America’s Got Talent” reaches the half point of the audition stage of the competition on June 12 with another two-hour episode showcasing the best (and worst) acts. In this phase of “AGT,” an act needs at least three of the four judges (Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel) to give them a “yes” vote to advance to the next round. If at least two 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 Cowell did just that in the second episode for singer Michael Ketterer while host Tyra Banks did likewise 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 3 recap of the first acts in the order in which they were showcased on Tuesday’s episode:
8:02 p.m. – Five year old Sophie Fatu, also a baker of “sweets and treats, but not food or breakfast,” kicked off tonight’s third episode with her adorable rendition of Frank Sinatra‘s standard “My Way.” The performance earned a standing ovation from the audience mid-song, well before she held the long note at the end! Though her dream that Simon used his Golden Buzzer on her didn’t come to fruition, she did earn a YES from all four judges and will sing again in the next round!
8:13 p.m. – Second up was quick-changers Sixto and Lucia who were inspired to try out for AGT by the quick-changing couple from season 1. Set to Jennifer Lopez’s bop “Let’s Get Loud,” Sixto served as assistant to Lucia for much of the act as he raised curtains quickly around Lucia before donning a change himself and then capping it all off by bringing Tyra out on stage and changing both her and Lucia together amidst a cloud of smoke. Afterward, Simon called it one of the best versions of this act he’s ever seen, attributing that to their great personalities. Mel called the act “slick” and “entertaining,” joining Heidi who swooned over Sixto’s love for Lucia. It was a sweep of four YESES for the act so they’ll move on to the next round.
8:23 p.m. – Noah Guthrie got his start on YouTube, scoring a couple viral videos and then landing a role on “Glee.” He’s on AGT now looking for another chance at building a lasting singing career. Tonight he played his guitar to a bluesy, earthy take on “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna. All four judges stood with the audience to congratulate him on a successful audition–Howie called him “unique” and Heidi said his voice is “very sexy,” but she likes that he’s humble. Overall it was an easy four for four from the panel so he’s moving on as well!
8:33 p.m. – Next to try out was a comedian who arrived on stage as a caterpillar, a sleeping bag with little hands basically, and scared the (or maybe grossed out) the audience who quickly descended into a flurry of boos and groans. As he attempted to transform from a caterpillar into a butterfly on stage, Howie, Mel, Heidi and Simon all hit their NO buzzers in succession, ushering him off stage. Honestly, I was so flabbergasted at what I was watching that I didn’t even catch his name! Oof.
8:43 p.m. – Making a much stronger first impression, The Future Kingz, a dance troupe of guys from Chicago, took the stage next (their first time back together as a group in four years). What made their hip hop routine unique was their fancy footwork, including interlocking and switch moves that seem downright impossible to achieve as quickly and flawlessly as they did. Mel called their choreography “very current, very now and very on point” and Simon backed her up, applauding their energy and calling them his favorite act of the day. Howie and Heidi joined the other two for a total of four YESES, sending them on to dance again in the next round.
8:55 p.m. – Based on an interest in technology, the duo of Front Pictures created a virtual reality act that “shows the dangers of technology taking over the world.” They used the screen, suspension cables and the stage to create an environment resembling a video game where they moved through a virtual world of neon colors by running, flying, falling, snowboarding and swimming. The judges were in awe throughout, eating every second of the show up, making it an easy decision to send them through to the next round unanimously.
9:07 p.m. – After a montage dedicated to Simon’s vanity, 57 year old Miss Trysh, full of love for Simon, arrived to serenade him with her sultry version of “If I Were Your Woman.” Trysh’s vocal was textured in her lower register and booming and smooth when she went into her full voice. It was a beautiful audition that earned her a hug from Simon, a “total package” reaction from Heidi and overall four YESES to send her through. Tough break for Simon though when Trysh’s husband came onstage to congratulate her!
9:17 p.m. – For his audition, escape artist Lord Nil promised one of the most dangerous acts that’s never been seen before. He zip-tied his hands to a prop on stage and locked his head inside a box, giving himself 90 seconds to cut himself out of the zip-ties and unlock the combination lock to escape before over 30 venomous scorpions lowered into the box with his head in it. Miraculously he achieved it with only a second to spare! Because they were on the edge of their seats, the panel loved his act and can’t wait to see what he has next–Simon even challenged him to do something involving alligators on stage (!!)–which means they all agreed to send him through to the next round.
9:30 p.m. – Hans made a bold entrance to the AGT stage, claiming to be a star already and swapping fantastic jokes with Simon with great confidence before performing a German sing-along with his accordion. In total his act involved a mermaid sequined jumpsuit, backup dancers to a rendition of “Proud Mary,” tap dancing, comedy, choreography, chair splits and more entertainment value than anything we’ve seen so far this season! Whew, what a starrrrr! The reaction from the judges was all smiles and though Mel didn’t quite comprehend what she saw, she loved it, as did the other three. We’re going to see Hans in the next round–he got four YESES!
9:41 p.m. – After a number of tangentially comedic performances, Samuel J. Comroe, diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, took the stage for his stand up act. He came to comedy as a way of turning his diagnosis into something positive and he hopes to become the first comedian to win the series. His routine focused on the syndrome, making light of a serious condition, something that only comics can do. The judges were super impressed by his delivery, his positive attitude and Howie pointed out that coming on the stage and trying to get people to laugh is by far the hardest thing to do. As Mel said, it was a “definite, definite” YES for Samuel, so we’ll be seeing him again in the next round!
9:52 p.m. – Tonight’s final act was shy and nervous Courtney Hadwin, a 13 year old singer in her high school choir. After a sweet pep talk from Mel, Courtney erupted into a surprising rock performance that knocked everyone’s socks off. Howie was blown away by her, comparing her to Janis Joplin and saying that Janis was signed on the spot by Clive Davis, but since he isn’t Clive Davis the best thing he could do for her right now is hit his Golden Buzzer! That means Courtney has a huge boost of confidence on her way straight through to the live shows!