America’s Got Talent season 15 premiered on Tuesday, May 26 at 8/7c on NBC. The episode featured night 1 of auditions, performed by new acts hoping to advance in the competition.
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‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 15 Premiere Recap
Kicking off the night’s performances with the season’s first audition was Pork Chop Revue. Before taking the stage, they said their goal is to have their pics (and hogs) be the first performing pigs on the Las Vegas strip. Their act was a pig trick show, in which they demonstrated the various skills they taught the pigs for the routine. A performance highlight was when the largest hog pushed a baby stroller (holding a piglet) across the stage for the grand finale. Applauding the act’s originality, all 4 judges agreed to send Pork Chop Revue through to the next round of competition.
Dance duo Bad Salsa was up next. After explaining that “Bad” was an acronym for the type of salsa style that they dance, the 21 and 15-year-old pair blew the judges and audience away with a stunt-filmed acrobatic salsa routine that passed them through to the next round with flying colors.
An unnamed tap dancer, clad in a Whoopie Cushion costume, was X-ed off the stage by all 4 judges – Sofia Vergara’s first “X” as an AGT judge. She was the first rejected act shown this season.
Following that unfortunate performance, Joey (a music teacher) and Austin Edwards (a homicide detective) of Broken Roots took the stage. They revealed that their AGT audition was their first time performing together. The duo sang and played guitar together in a performance of “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi. The judges loved the act and their connection and voted them on to the next round.
Malik DOPE Drummer was up next to audition, promising the judges “a way you’ve never seen drumming before.” His unique, confident, and entertaining performance earned him a standing ovation. The judges loved his talent, and all voted “yes” to Malik DOPE Drummer continuing on in the competition.
Magician Ryan Tricks told the judges that he’s on AGT for his two children. He called “BFFs” Howie and Simon to the stage to test their connection as part of his act. Everyone was stunned by his “psychic connection experiment” magic act, which was executed flawlessly. The judges all said “yes” to Ryan Tricks.
Archie Williams, who spent 37 years in prison after being wrongly incarcerated, moved his audience with a stirring rendition of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” The judges (and, as Cowell put it, the whole audience) voted him through and cheered his name as he left the stage triumphant.
Dan Nowman sang an original song entitled “Funky Space” for his audition, wearing an alien face mask. The judges X-ed him off the stage.
Old School Skaters followed up Dan’s performance with a roller-skating act that, like the act before them, was X-ed out by the judges before the song could end.
Performance artist Michael Goldberg, from Munster, Indiana, auditioned next with a dramatic sock puppet performance.
Twins Double Dragon performed a duet to “It’s Rainin’ Men;” in spite of their nerves, they nailed the act. The judges complimented the fact that they are both very entertaining as well as excellent singers, and all four said “sí” to the sisters.
Social media star and comedian Vincent Marcus performed a celebrity rapper impression act for his audition. It was his first time performing in front of a live audience, and the audience ate it up. The judges agreed to “yes” him through.
Muy Moi Show was the first danger act of the season. He contorted his body, played with fire, stuck a knife into his nostril, and cracked a cinder block over his head (with his mouth clamped over a blade). The judges were scared and impressed, and all said “yes” to him and his “crazy” performance.
The final performance of the night was Voices of Our City Choir, a chorus made up of homeless people in San Diego. They performed an emotional, original number for the judges, that also included spoken word poetry. Moved by their act, Terry Crews emerged from the wing and slammed the golden buzzer for their act, sending them straight to the live shows.
10 Acts Made it Through After Night 1 of ‘AGT’ Season 15
At the end of the night, 10 acts were deemed worthy of continuing on in the competition.
The 9 acts that the judges voted through were Pork Chop Revue, Bad Salsa, Broken Roots, Malik DOPE Drummer, Ryan Tricks, Archie Williams, Double Dragon, Vincent Marcus, and Muy Moi Show.
Voices of Our City Choir received a golden buzzer, which means they won’t have to perform again until the live shows of season 15.
New episodes of America’s Got Talent season 15 air on Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.