The finals of season 14 of “America’s Got Talent” are just one week away. We already know five of the 10 acts who will be competing based on the results of last week’s semifinal. The other five will come from the 11 hopefuls who are performing on the second semifinal on September 10. Three of the five acts that make it through to the final will do so based on the votes of “AGT” viewers like you. The fourth will win the Dunkin’ Save, a sudden death showdown for audience votes on Wednesday’s result show. And the fifth will be the judges’ choice.
Four of the acts on Tuesday’s show are proven favorites of the judges, having earned the coveted Golden Buzzer at their auditions. That allowed them to go straight through to the live shows. They are: Emmane Beasha, a 10-year-old opera singer who impressed guest judge Jay Leno; Detroit Youth Choir, a chorale group who inspired host Terry Crews; Luke Islam, a 12-year-old singer of showtunes who made Julianne Hough jump for joy; and V.Unbeatable, a group of tumblers from India who found a fan in guest judge Dwayne Wade.
Below, read our recap of how these four and the other seven acts did on Tuesday’s live show, which is episode 20 of season 14. Who impressed you the most and who was the biggest disappointment? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts down in the comments section.
8:02 p.m. – Like last week, AGT brought a guest judge in for the evening to help guide the audience toward the best acts of the night. Tonight it was Queen Latifah that joined the panel, asking the contestants to “leave it on the floor” in their performances tonight.
8:04 p.m. – The first to perform for a spot in the Finals was V.Unbeatable, the Indian dance crew. For this all important routine the crew worked in some mind-blowing tricks involving a ladder–crew members jumped from the top into the arms of others, flipped through the rungs, and even vaulted one another across the stage. Simon told them that they’re “in it to win it” and that India should be very proud of them for representing the country well on the show. As Latifah said, it wasn’t just the acrobatics that impressed, but that they were so in sync throughout the routine.
8:14 p.m. – Australian magician Dom Chambers was up next starting with some clever visual play involving beer and creative angles. His set continued with a schtick involving a “mega-beer” that he had Simon correctly guess was the size of 2501 beer bottles. Dom promised to make the mega-beer disappear, but by the end it was just a gag of emptying the big glass while he pretended to drink it. While the magic wasn’t quite there, the personality was major and that’s what the judges said was the best part of the performance.
8:27 p.m. – Luke Islam took on “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman tonight in his typically theatrical style that suits his voice so well. The judges gave him a standing ovation after the powerful vocal with Howie telling him that he can totally see him living out his dream on Broadway one day and Julianne urging the audience to vote for him to make sure he makes the Final.
8:37 p.m. – After being eliminated in the last round, Lukas and Falco were able to perform tonight as the wild card semifinalist. For their second chance they played up the concept of them as race car drivers, but it was a slow start for Falco who refused to do pushups with Lukas. Eventually Falco found his groove and performed all the tricks in the rest of the routine, including skateboarding and drinking from Howie’s cup while crawling across the judges table. It was a bit of a coincidence that in that trick Falco hit Howie’s red buzzer because he was underwhelmed by the performance and wanted to hit it anyway. Simon disagreed, saying that the mistakes in the performance made him love the act more.
8:47 p.m. – Simon and Howie weren’t elated with Chris Klafford‘s original song in the last round, but once again he decided to perform his own music. The song was a rock ballad with both quiet verses and big, crowd-engaging choruses. Howie had a problem with his “strategy” this around also and warned him that he doesn’t think he’ll get the votes he needs with that song. Julianne disagreed, calling his writing “authentic and true” and pointing out that the song made her want to stand and sway. Latifah said that it takes guts to come out and do what he does and she supports his choice to sing original music.
8:58 p.m. – The opening package for the Detroit Youth Choir was all tears as the kids told their leader how big of an inspiration he is to them. Fittingly, their performance tonight to “High Hopes” matched that energy with them in school uniforms singing about “shooting for the stars.” Tonight they incorporated a rap verse and a full-on step routine, showing that they are versatile and can engage the crowd on multiple levels. Latifah felt “completely entertained” by the group and thanked the leader for “bringing the best” out of the children. Gabrielle was equally ecstatic, and very emotional, in her praise for the choir.
9:09 p.m. – Light artist Alex Dowis was next up to tell the story and value of rescue workers through his live painting. Howie commended his ability to convey emotion so well in his art and Simon told him he wants to watch it again as soon as he gets home because of the importance of remembering, especially on weeks like this where we’re honoring those people that put their lives on the line to save others.
9:22 p.m. – It was Marcin Patrzalek‘s incredible talent on the guitar that caused the judges to save him from elimination in the Quarterfinals. Tonight he performed a more consistently rhythmic tune than we’re used to hearing from him and it seemed to play really well with the crowd and the judges. Gabrielle was flabbergasted that he was able to play so well with a band he’s not used to and Simon said this week he was like a “sheep turning into a wolf,” differing from how boring he was last time.
9:31 p.m. – 10 year old opera singer Emanne Beasha blew everyone away again tonight with her unreal, pitch perfect voice, especially that final killer note. Julianne was almost speechless after the performance, calling the whole experience “profound,” and both Simon and Latifah said that her confidence is almost as unbelievable as her powerhouse voice.
9:45 p.m. – For Ryan Niemiller‘s comedy set tonight he focused on his “dumb decision” to drive cross country to be on the show. That opened the door for him to tell jokes about the state of the country between the coasts and the mishaps that go along with making a cross country trip. The judges kept it short and sweet in their critiques of his act, saying that he’s a star and that he stands on his own with his talent. Latifah was a big fan, calling him a “master” and “hilarious.”
9:54 p.m. – Voices of Service, the quartet of military veterans, closed out the show with another uplifting and hopeful performance accompanied by a piano. Tonight their harmonizing was otherworldly and featured two amazing solos that brought the house down. Simon called it the “most outstanding” vocal they’ve given throughout the series and said they deserve to make the finale.
10:01 p.m. – So who was your favorite tonight and which five do you think will make it into the Finals? Will one of tonight’s acts be crowned the champion? Fight it out in the comments!