The Finals of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” are shaping up to be nothing more than “American Idol.” Of the eight finalists so far, a whopping six are singers: Susan Boyle, Angelica Hale, Kechi Okwuchi, Cristina Ramos, Paul Potts and Brian Justin Crum. The other two are a comedian (Preacher Lawson) and a knife-throwing duo (Deadly Games). No type of act has suffered more in this spinoff series than magicians, with 10-year-old Issy Simpson being the latest to be eliminated after her first performance. Watch Issy’s “AGT: Champions” video above.
The former runner-up of “Britain’s Got Talent” 2017, whom many likened to being a female Harry Potter, wowed judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel with her latest magic act. She correctly predicted that Simon would name the word “excellent” from a random book, and then she guessed Howie’s card by removing her jacket to reveal that she was wearing a three of diamonds T-shirt.
Following her performance Howie said that Issy proved “Britain’s Got Talent” did in face “have talent,” Mel called her “absolutely adorable” and praised her seamless presentation, Heidi thought that she came across as a “little firecracker” and Simon raved that she really must “have magical powers.” Simon added that he had a feeling the Superfans might vote for her, but instead they decided to send through Crum.
That meant Issy was just the latest magician on “AGT: Champions” to be eliminated before the Finals. Some of the others this season have included Jon Dorenbos, Piff the Magic Dragon, Darcy Oake and The Clairvoyants. Next week three more magic acts take the stage: Colin Cloud, Cosentino and Shin Lim. Can any of them break the magic curse?
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about Issy Simpson’s performance: “It was an illusion we’ve seen many times before on the show, but as a kid magician her charisma is off the charts and the judges think that she has the ‘it’ factor it takes to be a successful performer. Simon added that her “competitive spirit” is one of her great traits and that she’ll be a contender for the super fan vote.”