Fourteen years ago Leon (now 84) and Edson (now 54) met each other and had dreams of performing their hand balancing act in front of a large audience, and that dream was finally realized during Tuesday night’s episode of “America’s Got Talent.” Before the Brazlians began their seemingly effortless routine, judge Julianne Hough commented that Leon, with his white hair and black glasses, resembled Ed Asner‘s old man character from Pixar’s “Up.” Unfortunately, Leon didn’t seem to know what film she was referring to, but he’ll have time to watch it between now and the Judge Cuts as they earned four “yes” votes. Watch the “AGT” performance video above and then read the judges’ comments below.
Howie Mandel: “Amazing. It’s so unexpected. It takes so much strength. We see people less than half of your age who are more wobbly, can’t do those moves. Is he really 84 years old? I loved it.”
Gabrielle Union: “You guys knocked it out of the park and you inspired me to pick up some new tricks, and I’m only 46. Amazing performance.”
Julianne Hough: “First of all, age is but a number. We didn’t know what to expect, but we were rooting for you. I mean, we were literally getting higher and higher and higher, and all of a sudden we were all up on our feet.”
Simon Cowell: “This was a surprise. It was exactly why we created this show, to find people like you. This was genuinely one of my favorite acts.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “For their audition, Brasilians Edson and Leon of Dupla o Tempo entered the stage with a translator and with very little movement or energy of their own so that when they began doing body balancing and lift tricks with one another it left everyone shook. The judges loved the surprise and Simon told them that acts like theirs are why they have the show in the first place.”