Dance group The Future Kingz from Chicago earned four yeses from “America’s Got Talent” judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B during the third audition episode, thanks in part to seven-year-old dancer Rufio and his love of Dunkin’ Donuts. This talented tyke was just one member of the multi-age dance group that was started by brothers Isaiah and Allen. They grew up in a dangerous neighborhood and created The Future Kingz because dancing was their one passion in life. After the group broke up because Allen became a father, they reunited four years later to grace NBC’s reality TV stage. Watch the “Americas Got Talent” audition video above and read the judges’ comments below.
Mel B: “I liked your choreography a lot. It’s very current. It’s very now. It’s very, very on point.”
Heid Klum: “I loved the energy. It was powerful, it was exciting. I want to see more.”
Howie Mandel: “I agree with you guys. There is a joy that you guys are exuding. This is just a group of people who love doing what they do, love being together and love dancing. And as an audience, we loved watching.”
Simon Cowell: “What you just did there was very powerful, very memorable. It was very cool. I loved your energy. Everything about it — this was my favorite act of the day.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty declared, “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.”