After eight weeks of auditions became America’s Got Talent judges have ruled in favor of more than 150 (most) deserved acts. Now comes the hard part.
When the auditions were finally over, the judges gathered in Simon Cowell’s backyard at the end of Tuesday’s episode, weighed down by the impossible task of narrowing these 150+ actions to just 36.
So which 36 are on their way to live shows? This answer will be revealed … in three weeks ?! That’s right, folks – Eight takes a few breaks during NBC’s coverage of the summer Olympics “2020”.
In the meantime, here are actions from week 8 that could potentially be selected for live shows:
* Bini rabbit, a painting, basketball game, hair-fighting rabbit impressed the judges with his … perseverance? OK, let’s be honest, the only enjoyable part of this action is Bini’s girlfriend trainer. Despite voting Bini through for live shows, even Howie Mandel admitted, “The rabbit didn’t do much.” Click here to see.
* Savannah Robertson, a 20-year-old singer who withdrew from the Beyoncé comparisons and delivered an emotional rendition of Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License.”
* Zac Taylor, an “adorable” young boy from Britain, whose sweet performance of Daniel Caesar’s “Best Part” charmed the ladies in the audience. (Side note: Simon Cowell called him “current,” which is the same compliment he paid Katharine McPhee after her American Idol audition.)
* Gabriella Laberge, an “English” singer whose initial violin playing almost earned a buzz from Cowell … until he heard the incredible voice. We love a twist!
* Medhat Mamdouh, a beat-boxing record player from Egypt who made Sofia Vergara dance in her seat – and Cowell regrets his original skepticism. (“It’s nothing personal,” he later explained. “I just hate recorders.”) See:
* Sergio Paolo, a Chilean juggler-slash gymnast whose mastery of the art of bouncing balls would have been impressive, even without all the acrobatics. Click here to see.
* Pasha and Ailona, a dancing “duo” from Moscow who blew the judges’ minds with “their” incredible flexibility, mesmerizing strength and lovely dance steps. Part of me wish he had not revealed that he was solo under that costume, but the other part of me knows I would not have slept tonight without closing. Watch:
* Charming bears, a trio of cozy dancers who were not even that good … but they were just so sweet sweet!
* Jonas McEnfro, a hula hooping tennis player who showed the referees enough of a good time to let him through – even though the audience did not spend much time with him.
* Anna McNulty, a young pervert who turned into a human clock in front of the judges’ eyes.
* The Science Guide, who may or may not be a totem carrier from DCs Legends of Tomorrow. (If you know, you know.)
* Lewberger, a trio whose musical greeting to Terry Crews’ pecs – complete with giant flags – inspired the host to take part in the performance. (Side note: If you’re familiar with Try Guys on YouTube, this group probably looked confidential. Lewberger also competed on NBC’s Bring the Funny in 2019.) Click here to watch.
* Dylan Zangwill, a 14-year-old musician with a voice far beyond his years that bumped into the Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” Click here to see.
* Rialcris, a trio of strong brothers from Colombia who piled themselves like the cat in the damned hat. Click here to see.
* Mike Goodwin, an army veteran and university counselor who has since revolved around stand-up comedy. His routine of twisted nursery rhymes started slowly, but when it got on the right track, the entire audience was hooked. Click here to see.
* Anica, who channeled Janis Joplin with a spot-on performance of “Piece of My Heart.” Click here to see.
* Pizza Man Nick Diesslin, whose torsional abilities were so good, they convinced the crews to start eating carbohydrates. Click here to see.
* KIDJAY, whose original hip-hop jam (“Golden Child”) loved him before the judges.
* Dflex, a jaw-dropping distortionist from Nigeria who dedicated his incredible audition to his wife.
Which of these acts deserves a place in live shows? Then vote in our poll below leave a comment with your thoughts on week 8.