America’s Got Talent: The Champions continued Monday night on NBC. The reality series pits 40 contestants from seasons past against each other, in an effort to determine which of them is the ultimate champion.
The official synopsis for the episode reads, “The competition continues as 10 more of the most talented, memorable and all-around fan favorite acts perform for judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Alesha Dixon and Howie Mandel; four acts advance, including one who receives a golden buzzer.”
We provided SPOILERS and LIVE RECAP for season 2 episode 2 below:
‘AGT Champions’ LIVE Recap
Marcelito Pomoy was the first performer of the night. Pomoy won Philipines’ Got Talent in 2011, and he proved he still had his vocal talents with a soaring vocal performance. Simon Cowell was grinning throughout the performance, and Heidi Klum was jumping up-and-down over Pomoy’s vocal gymnastics. The panel gave Pomoy a standing ovation, and proceeded to call him “unique” and “out of this world.”
The second act to perform was mentalist Oz Pearlman. He asked three of the judges to pick a memory from a specific day, proceeded to match the numbers of those days to the serial number of a dollar bill that also was written on a board on stage. The panel was knocked out by the trick, and Alesha Dixon pointed out that Pearlman’s stage confidence and charming demeanor were his biggest assets.
Boogie Storm was the third act of the night. The dance group previously competed on season 10 of Britain’s Got Talent, and they treated audiences to an acrobatic performance while dressed as Storm Troopers from Star Wars. The performance also included a medley of pop songs. Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel were lukewarm on Boogie Storm’s routine, and were reluctant to see them advance. Simon ignored their reservations and slammed down the Golden Buzzer to send them to the finals!
Ben Blaque followed up Boogie Storm with a daring roulette act. He brought judge Alesha Dixon on stage to assist him in picking 4 of 5 crossbow shots. Despite the daring elements of the performance, the presentation was rough, and Blaque failed to gain any real momentum. The performance stalled when Blaque’s equipment failed, and the judges decided to hit their red “X” buttoms and cut things short.
Collabro took the stage and performed a cover of “Shallow” from the film A Star Is Born. The vocal harmonies proved the most impressive aspect of the performance, but overall, the judges were disappointed. Alesha said that she had heard Collabro sing better songs during their time on Britain’s Got Talent, and Heidi described them as “nice, but not wow.” Cowell gave the most stinging criticism of the night when he called their performance “wimpy.”
Ryan Niemiller was the next act to perform, and he delivered a hilarious stand-up routine about fame and his life on tour. The judges were ecstatic, and Mandel expressed regret that he could not give Niemiller the Golden Buzzer after the confusion with Cowell and Boogie Storm.
Puddles Pity Party sang a cover of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is.” During the performance, the sad clown played a slideshow of dogs wearing Puddles crowns. The dogs included those owned by three of the judges. The performance received positive feedback from the judges, but Alesha said that she was hesitant to vote Puddles through, as she felt that his act did not deserve to be on par with “champions.”
Marc Spelmann provided fans with the strangest performance of the night. The magician came out wearing a mask and played a random choice game with the judges. After Mandel said that Shin Lim is his favorite AGT of all time, Spelmann pulled off his mask to reveal that he’s actually Lim in disguise. The judges were understandably confused.
Luke Islam followed up Spelmann’s performance with a cover of the Celine Dion song “Ashes.” He gave the song his all, but he failed to make it his own, and the judges were quick to point out his shortcomings. Alesha felt that Islam’s nerves got in the way of him being able to knock out a great performance, and Simon believed that the song choice was a mistake because it didn’t allow for much vocal range.
Spencer Horsman was the final act of the night. The daredevil performer was submerged in a tank of water and then raised 30 feet in the air. He only had 2 minutes to escape the box and hook himself up before the bottom of the box breaks and he fell to the ground 30. Horsman successfully completed the act, and while the judges had little to say, they commended him for his bravery and the excitement he created.
Terry Crews announced that Marc Spelman and Marcelito Pomoy were voted through to the semi-finals, and the judges’ vote came down to three candidates: Ryan Niemiller, Spencer Horsman and Luke Islam. They unanimously decided on Niemiller.