"America’s Got Talent" recap: DJ Khaled is a guest judge as seven acts advance
NBCUniversal Media – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — The Judge Cuts continued on Tuesday’s edition of America’s Got Talent, with seven more of the 20 acts that made it through the auditions advancing to the Live Rounds.
Sad, singing clown Puddles Pity Party; song and dance duo Mirror Image; salsa dancers Junior and Emily; mentalist Colin Cloud; and singers Evie Clair and Yoli Mayor all advanced. Singer/songwriter Chase Goehring was sent straight to the Live Rounds via “the Golden Buzzer.”
Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were back behind the judges’ table to offer their opinions and decide which acts would advance. Helping them this week was DJ Khaled.
Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:
Brother and sister salsa dancers Junior and Emily pulled off a series of complicated and dizzying spins to “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya. However, the brief 90-second routine left all the judges, except for Howie, a little disappointed.
Chase Goehring, a 21-year-old singer/songwriter whose unique style features some fast rapping, performed an original tune called “A Capella.” DJ Khaled declared that Chase was on his way to becoming a star. He pressed his Golden Buzzer, sending Goehring straight to the Live Rounds.
Mirror Image, consisting of twin brothers Colton and Trent, opened their performance with a slow vocal rendition of The Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreaming,” followed by some athletic dance moves to Sia’s “The Greatest.” Simon hit his buzzer, but the other judges loved the act, with Mel B telling the duo, “Forget the ‘X’, you’ve got us, you’ve got me rooting for you.”
Evie Clair, 13, delivered an emotional version of Macy Gray’s “I Try.” Howie was “moved” by the performance. Mel B agreed, adding that the teen “sings with such heart and soul.” DJ Khaled said Evie “touched everybody’s hearts soul and spirit.” Heidi and Simon both pointed out that the singer was off key in places, but still had “heart.”
“Real-life Sherlock Holmes” Colin Cloud confounded the judges with a series of mind-reading tricks that included licking Mel’s hand and telling her what she ate that day, and using Howie, Simon and Heidi to open a locked cell phone by calling out random numbers. Simon called Cloud’s act “more than magic, it’s having special powers,” adding, “It was spooky. Fantastic.”
Puddles Pity Party, a sad, singing clown, delivered a rendition of Eric Carmen’s “All by Myself.” Puddles got a mixed reaction from the judges. Mel loved the act. Heidi said she liked it too, but didn’t find herself being “super excited.” DJ Khaled was “confused,” explaining, “You’ve got a beautiful voice, cheer up, man.” Simon, disagreed, noting that he hated clowns, but connected with Puddles because he liked “the tragedy thing.”
Singer Yoli Mayor, 21, covered Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” and drew a standing ovation from the judges and studio audience. Heidi said that of all the singers in the competition, Yoli was “one of the best or THE best.” DJ Khaled called the performance “flawless.” Simon was fascinated by the fact that Mayor didn’t realize the extent of her talent and looked forward to helping her find her own “space.”
The Judge Cuts continue with Laverne Cox as the guest judge when America’s Got Talent returns Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
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