At long last, “America’s Got Talent” goes live from the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, August 13 for the first round of Quarterfinals. The 12 acts who will perform live for America’s votes are singers Ansley Burns, Carmen Carter, GFORCE, Kodi Lee, Luke Islam, Sophie Pecora and Voices of Service, blacklight artist Alex Dowis, danger group Bir Khalsa, dancers Emerald Belles, impressionist Greg Morton and acrobats Messoudi Brothers. Scroll down to see Gold Derby’s four burning questions heading into the first of NBC’s live shows, then be sure to make your ‘AGT’ predictions for which seven acts you think will advance to the next round.
1. Will Simon stop Ansley — again?
As you’ll recall, mean judge Simon Cowell stopped the 12-year-old South Carolina singer not once but twice when she was mid-performance, both times blaming her bad “backing track.” During Ansley’s audition he stopped her midway through “Think” and then in the Judge Cuts he did it again, this time during her “Good Girl” cover. Now that Ansley has been announced as a wild card, all eyes will be on her and Simon Tuesday night to see if history will repeat itself for a third time.
2. Will Sophie ignore her bullies?
The first two times Sophie appeared on NBC’s reality TV show, the 15-year-old performed original songs about being bullied: “7th Grade” in her audition and “Misfits” in the Judge Cuts. Even though she scored Brad Paisley‘s Golden Buzzer, Sophie heard a bit of criticism from Simon, who suggested she not sing about bullies anymore because “they’re not worth talking about.” Will Sophie’s song in the live shows be something different than what we’ve all heard before?
3. Will Golden Buzzers Kodi and Luke BOTH advance?
Two of the season’s most viral auditioners both received Golden Buzzers: blind, autistic singer Kodi Lee was Gabrielle Union‘s pick and Broadway-bound Luke Islam was Julianne Hough‘s choice. Will these talented performers both now advance to the Semifinals, or might they split the vote? Since only one can win in the end, it’ll be interesting to see whether America chooses a side this early on, or whether voters turn out in droves for both Kodi and Luke.
4. Will Gabrielle and Julianne thrive live?
Tuesday’s episode marks the first time that the two new female judges will give their critiques live on air. Remember, all we’ve seen up to this point have been heavily edited moments from the auditions and Judge Cuts, so the pressure is on for Gabrielle and Julianne to thrive in the live shows. How will they compare to the judges they replaced on the panel, Mel B and Heidi Klum? Speaking of new blood, Terry Crews is also prepping for his first live show after replacing last year’s host Tyra Banks.
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