America’s Got Talent continues its quarterfinal rounds tonight on NBC. The two-hour episode will feature a number of talented and unique performers, as the judges determined which acts they want to advance to the next round of the competition.
The official description for tonight’s episode reads “Performers take the stage live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood as judging is turned over to the American viewing audience; with judges Simon Cowell, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews.”
Beware of spoilers below and STOP READING if you don’t want to know what happened and who made it through season 14 episode 16 of America’s Got Talent. The article will be updated live as the episode airs.
8:05 – Detroit Youth Choir kicks off the night with a performance of Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion. The group brought tons of energy and enthusiasm to the stage, and it paid off, as the judges were uniformly impressed. All four judges give them a standing ovation, and Simon Cowell tells the Detroit Youth Choir that their performance was a step up from their first audition. It looks like the former Golden Buzzer winners have a good shot at advancing.
8:15 – The second act of the night is the dog-and-man duo Lukas & Falco. They execute several tricks, including jumping through rope, spinning around, and leaping from a large drice. Cowell said that Falco gave a better performance that Lukas tonight, but admitted that they were charming together. Gabrielle Union was impressed with their chemistry. Howie Mandel was the only judge who was unimpressed, saying that he didn’t see any new tricks and was underwhelmed.
8:30 – Dom Chambers keeps the positive momentum going. He performs a series a magic tricks that include pouring beer and switching his t-shirt through a screen. The performance goes over big with the judges, as Julianne Hough complimented Chambers’ “cool factor” and Cowell said that his act was “genius.”
8:40 – Benicio Bryant takes the stage to perform an original song in an R&B style. While he got off to a shaky start vocally, Bryant rebounded and manages to reach soaring heights towards the end of the song. Hough warned him that he took a big risk by choosing an original song that the audiences didn’t know, but she commended him for doing it. Cowell thought the song was a bit busy, and it could’ve been stripped down, but he maintains that Bryant has a promising future ahead of him.
8:50 – Gonzo is the next act to perform. He plays a goofy number on his instrument alongside a crew of men. When he starts to jump on a trampoline, however, Cowell decides to hit the red X to buzz him off the stage. He says there is “nothing” there, and Hough and Union mirror his sentiments. Mandel is the only one who gives positive feedback.
9:00 – Marcin Patrzalek delivers a searing guitar performance that takes the audience and the judges alike. Despite having no lyrics or additional aspect to his performance, the judges give him a standing ovation. One of the judges compared his guitar playing to Carlos Santana and says that he’s “revolutionizing” guitar playing for a new generation of listeners.
9:10 – Eric Chien is up next, and he performs a close up magic show using Hough as an assistant. He manages to turn candy into Rubik’s Cubes. Chien had a couple flubs in his act, and Cowell criticized his performance for being a bit boring. He also said that he felt it was inferior to his previous audition.
9:20 – Berywam take the stage tonight to perform a song using their beatbox talents. The judges were knocked out by the performance, and they give the Berywam a standing ovation. Hough said they improved on their earlier performance, and Cowell commended the risks they took this time around.
9:30 – Matthew Richardson did not originally advance from the Judges’ Cuts, but he was brought back as a wild card pick. Tonight he took things up a notch by caking his body in glitter and dancing on a wet bed of ice. The judges were indifferent, with Cowell saying that his problem was Richardson’s act “isn’t going any further” and that he doesn’t see any progression.
9:40 – Mackenzie gave a subtle, moving performance of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” Unfortunately, the reaction from the judges was similarly subdued, and they didn’t have much to say. Mandel wasn’t sure that people at home would be inspired to vote for Mackenzie, and Cowell said that he could possibly see the singer making it through to the next round.
9:45 – Jackie Fabulous is up next, and she gives an exciting stand-up about shopping and the struggle of dating men of a different race. Union pegged Fabulous as a star in the making, and Cowell complimented her on her unpredictability and said that she really stepped it up from her previous performance.
9:55 – Emmane Beasha closes out the night. She gives a stunning rendition of an opera song, and displays a composure that goes beyond her years. Everyone in the theater gives her a standing ovation. Cowell says she’s in a “different league” from everyone else, and Union said that she may have even created a ton of new fans of opera because of her voice. Expect to see her advance.