Many of America’s favorite acts returned to the America’s Got Talent season 14 stage on Tuesday, September 3 to perform live in the semifinals with the hopes of advancing in the competition.
The official synopsis for Semifinals 1 reads “Semi-finalists perform live at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for a chance to win $1 million and be named the most talented act in America, with judges Simon Cowell, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Howie Mandel, and host Terry Crews.”
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8:02pm The live semifinals began, with Terry Crews welcoming the viewers at home and getting the live audience pumped up for the night ahead. He introduced the judges and reminded everyone watching that the semifinals performances will determine which acts make it into the finals.
8:04pm Sean Hayes was introduced as AGT‘s first-ever guest judge for the semifinals round of the competition.
8:06pm Ndlovu Youth Choir were the first act of the night to perform. Before their performance, they revealed that the president of South African showed support for the choir on social media. They performed “Higher Love’ by Whitney Houston, dressed in matching light blue outfits. Their singing and choreographed dancing got Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough to their feet dancing along and earned them a standing ovation from all 5 judges.
8:16pm Ansley Burns, who made it into the semifinals thanks to the Dunkin’ save, was the next act up on stage. After refreshing the viewers’ memories about Burns’s “crazy” AGT experience, she began singing “Cry Pretty” by Carrie Underwood. Her confidence shown through the act, but the judges seemed underwhelmed by her performance and song choice.
8:28pm The Messoudi Brothers performed the strong-man acrobatics act to “Pony” from the movie Magic Mike, and sexed-up their performance by bringing Julianne Hough on stage to help with a trick before moving into their main event. Taking Simon Cowell’s advice, they amped-up the danger factor with their grand finale stunt.
8:40pm After a video package featuring sweet words from his little brother, Tyler Butler-Figueroa began his violin act from the audience and made his way on stage to continue his performance of “Break Free” by Ariana Grande ft. Zedd. The audience and judges gave Tyler a standing ovation. Simon Cowell complimented how great a musician he proved himself to be, and called him a “showman” before offering his “huge congratulations.”
8:49pm Impressionist Greg Morton imitated cartoons such as Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, and The Simpson. Julianne Hough said she hoped animators were watching to give Greg a job voicing animated characters, but Simon Cowell said he didn’t think Morton nailed it with his semifinals act.
9:02pm Kodi Lee, after a heartfelt introductory video package from his siblings, took the stage to sing and play piano. He performed “You Are the Reason” by Calum Scott, and the audience and judges loved it. Howie Mandel called him magic, and the whole audience was chanting his name.
9:12pm After a close call during quarterfinals, comedienne Jackie Fabulous was back on the AGT stage. Mandel said she was funny and authentic, Sean Hayes said she is “so likable,” and Union told her that she’s hot.
9:23pm Robert Finley sang and played guitar for his semifinals performance and was accompanied by his daughter on backup vocals. Hayes said he loved how different Finley is from every other act in the competition.
9:34pm Eric Chien was up next; with Simon Cowell’s quarterfinals feedback in his head, he stepped out of his comfort zone. His travel and world map-themed act was met with mixed reviews from the judges, who said they were confused by his performance. Nevertheless, Mandel said he is one of the best close-up magicians he has ever seen.
9:44pm Light Balance Kids performed a Marvel superhero-themed act. Simon Cowell told them he was a “complete and utter idiot” for his criticism of them during the quarterfinals and said that they deserved a spot in the finals. Julianne Hough, on the other hand, said she was not as impressed by their performance this week.
9:57pm Teenage singer Benicio Bryant was the final act of the night, and he performed another original song. The judges unanimously loved his performance, and Cowell told him he would see him in the finals in 2 weeks.
Who Makes it Through & Who Gets Eliminated Predictions
There are only 5 spots open for tonight’s performers, which means that 6 acts will go home.
Based on Tuesday, September 3’s live performances, Kodi Lee seems like a clear frontrunner for the finale, and Benicio Bryant delivered an outstanding original performance that should continue to support him as a fan-favorite among AGT viewers. Tyler Butler-Figueroa and Ndlovu Youth Choir had really solid performances that were well received by the judges; as long as America votes for them, there is a good chance that they’ll make it to the finals, too.
Ansley Burns and Jackie Fabulous are most likely to be eliminated from the competition, and Greg Morton could also be forgotten by the voters after his semifinals performance.
Messoudi Brothers, Light Balance Kids and Robert Finley gave great performances that certainly earned them spots in the finals, however, it is likely that only one of those three acts will make it through.