America’s Got Talent Season 17 has reached the live rounds, and the performances are bigger and better than ever!
After more than two months of audition episodes, the best of the best returned to face the judges once again, this time at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, for the first night of the season’s live qualifying round.
This meant that the pressure for massive giving was even greater than ever, and some of the night’s expectations actually brought their A-game in hopes of impressing the judges, and more importantly, the audience at home who voted. Who will who makes it through to the next stage in the competition.
From acrobatic groups to vocal powerhouses to real contortionists, here’s a look at the acts that stood out from the crowd with truly impressive performances on Monday.
This Guinea-based circus group delivers some of the season’s most jaw-dropping acrobatic feats, and they kicked off the night on a high note, setting an epic routine to “Zapata” by Lil Sacco Instinct Killer. The performance set the bar high for the acts to follow, and completely impressed the judges.
“Nothing to say, but good work, guys!” Sofia Vergara did an amazing job. “I couldn’t think you guys could be better, because I loved you so much, but that was another level.”
This young singer’s voice is powerful enough to earn her a spot in the live rounds, but her inspiring and emotional story makes her performance all the more powerful. The Swiss is a survivor of the Oxford High School mass shooting in Michigan in November, and for her number tonight, she played P! Featuring a moving rendition of “Wild Hearts Can Be Broken” by NK.
“That song, it was more – it was a statement,” an emotional Simon Cowell shared after the song. “I think you’re remarkable, it was incredible.”
Abortionists always have a hard time on the AGT, as judges are always impressed and often disgusted by their acts—which doesn’t always translate to success. However, few bring to their acts the kind of pretentiousness and timing that Ukrainian contortionist Oleksandr Yenivatov displayed during Tuesday’s show. Blending comedy and surrealism and horror into a single beautiful display of acting talent and physical dexterity that really already deserves its own Vegas show.
“What I loved tonight was you really pushed yourself and did things we’ve never seen before.” Cowell shared. “For me, it’s a live show performance – something we’ve never seen before and you’ll talk about it. It was really cool!”
“I can’t believe half of the stuff I’m seeing. It’s unbelievable,” wondered Heidi Klum. “Facing forward, backward at the same time is crazy. It’s so bizarre. It’s so weird. I want to see more, weirdly.”
This collection of NFL players with mind-blowing voices came to the live qualifying round with the goal of surprising everyone and being the absolute best – and they accomplished both. The choir performed Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” But given a life-affirming cover. Which made the audience fall in love with him, and made the judges rejoice.
“I’m not a fan of choirs, but you make us feel good. You make us smile. You get us hooked to music,” Howie Mandel praised. “You put a smile on our faces. The world needs nothing more than a smile right now and you gave it.”
America’s Got Talent returns Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, and fans will get to see who America voted to move on to the next round, and one step closer to victory.
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