Everything goes wrong on ‘AGT’


“Mike, God knows what you must have been thinking… because this was one of the weirdest nights we’ve ever had,” an exasperated Simon Cowell told comedian Mike E. Winfield during Tuesday’s fourth qualifying round. America’s Got Talent. “And then you walk on, and you brought the.”

It was understandable why Simon was so relieved that Mike, the penultimate performer of the long night, was finally on the scene. Mike, a true superstar in the making, really delivered on the promise of his great first audition. Unfortunately, many of the other 10 contestants on the episode didn’t.

If I’m honest, as Simon himself would say, Tuesday was disappointment after disappointment after disappointment. The evening started slowly with New Zealand tap dancer Bayley Graham, whom Simon called “somewhat disappointing”, followed by a cappella group Acapop! X. “What is? wrong with you?” barked host Terry Crews, as Howie crushed those poor kids’ dreams. Simon noted that the wooden version of Acapop! improved after Howie buzzed them… but it was too little, too late.

The British didn’t fare much better either. While the judges were impressed weeks ago with Southampton singer Lee Collinson’s audition on Dermot Kennedy’s “Better Days,” they were disappointed that his more jovial track this week, Lauren Spencer Smith’s “Flowers,” failed. to demonstrate his vocal range. Simon thought it sounded like Lee was “reading a letter” in the wrong key, and Howie even grumbled, “If I was listening to that on the radio, I would have switched the station because the song was boring me.” (Personally, I think they were a little too hard on Lee, but this wasn’t his best.)

Then there was London’s jackass-style stunt/comedy company the Lazy Generation. Last time they were really hilarious, but this week’s odd act – scurrying around in ballerina tutus, punching each other in the groin with various inanimate objects, and wrestling in a cactus garden – was rather lazy indeed. Fellow madcap Englishman Simon thought their routine was ‘nice’, but admitted it was ‘not to everyone’s taste’; Judge Sofia Vergara certainly didn’t like it, so she gave them a red-X halfway through.

Tuesday’s two impressionists, ventriloquist Jack Williams and opera singer Merissa Beddows, also received mixed reviews. They showed some skill, but both lacked comic chops. The inexperienced Jack definitely needed stronger comic material, and while Merissa’s impersonations of Cher, Celine Dion, and Evanescence’s Amy Lee were perfect, she inexplicably decided to drop the comedic element that had made her first audition so much fun. Not even her brief impression of Lois Griffin from… Family man could lighten the mood Tuesday. Simon appreciated her singing, but complained that Merissa lacked personality, and Sofia wished Merissa had come up with another “story” to accompany the music.

Well, the bad news for AGT viewers is that they had to plod through two hours of mostly so-so performances. But the good The news is that it will be much easier than usual for viewers to vote for the Season 17 finale via just two of Tuesday’s 11 acts, as this was hardly a competitive week. The aforementioned Mike E. Winfield was clearly the shoo-in of the evening. He may, as Heidi boldly predicted, become the first stand-up comic to ever win AGT. AAnd even if he doesn’t, Howie has already offered Mike a job as his opening act.

But… who is still there, and who still stands a chance?

Germany’s campy dancing magician, Jannick Holste, might advance as Judge Heidi Klum proclaimed him the greatest magic act of all time; however, he’s certainly not sure, as Simon said his dancing was “terrible”. Little screamo singer Harper, whom Simon “loved,” could make the cut, as could singer-songwriter Lily Meola, even if Howie said Lily’s original ballad for her late mother “didn’t knock the roof off.”

But I’m going to predict that this week’s other final spot will go to Metaphysic, who Simon called “the best act, I believe, of the series so far.”

Now it’s possible that Simon is just a… small biased, as this was the second time the deepfake act had used AR technology to make it look like Simon was singing. This time, they also recorded Uncanny Valley versions of Terry and Howie, for an eerie yet compelling performance of “Nessun Dorma” – “It’s like Il Divo, but Il Stupido,” Howie joked – and it was certainly unlike anything too see was on AGT before. Metaphysic promised that if they made it, they would bring “the greatest rock act ever” (Elvis Presley? Freddie Mercury? John Lennon? Davie Bowie? Prince?) digitally to life for the finale, so they’ll probably gather some votes just because viewers are curious.

See you Wednesday, for a results show hopefully more consistently entertaining than Tuesday’s show. In any case, Wednesday’s episode will only last an hour.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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