“Even though Daniel Emmet got a ‘no’ at Judge Cuts, he’s now back as a wild card in the live shows,” revealed “America’s Got Talent” host Tyra Banks during Thursday’s special “Road to the Lives” episode of NBC’s reality TV show. The opera singer’s shocking elimination two weeks ago broke the internet, with many viewers praying that he’d be given another shot. Their dreams have been answered, as Daniel now numbers among the Top 36 acts of Season 13. The live Quarterfinals begin Tuesday, August 14 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
As a refresher, Daniel’s journey on “AGT” was unique in that judge Simon Cowell, stopped him mid-performance because he didn’t like the song he was singing. Instead, Simon ordered Daniel to sing a song he’d never hear of before (Il Divo‘s “Passera) and only gave him a few hours to learn it. After his performance, Simon Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel all enthusiastically sent him through to the Judge Cuts. For Daniel’s encore performance (Lara Fabian‘s “Caruso”) the judges were equally as positive in their critiques, which is why it was so shocking to see him sent home.
Here’s what our “AGT” recapper John Benutty wrote in his live blog about Daniel: “In his first audition, Daniel Emmet was stopped mid-song and asked by Simon to learn and sing another song of his choice and with that one he blew everyone away. Tonight his focus was song choice and making sure that he picked the right thing to impress the judges. Once again he sang an opera in Italian and luckily made it through the entire thing without being stopped by Simon. The song had a huge final note that got everyone except Simon to their feet, but in the end Simon was proud of him and joined the others in support for his act.”
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