Jacob Elyachar Staff Writer
Countless acts auditioned for a chance to perform in front of America!
Now, America's Got Talent finalists AcroArmy, Emily West, Mat Franco, Miguel Dakota, Quintavious Johnson and Sons of Serendip are one performance away from changing their lives forever.
Who stepped up to the plate and proved that they deserved the $1,000,000 prize and the chance to headline a show in Las Vegas?
Read on to find out….
Each act had two chances to showcase their stuff!
Quintavious Johnson:For Quintavious’s breakthrough performance, he chose to perform “I’d Rather Go Blind". I think this was a smart choice on his part. He still had a solid vocal and I think the creative team did a great job putting together a superb presentation to back the 12-year-old vocalist. A
Mat Franco:Mat Franco first impressed me when he auditioned for the show way back in May! For his encore, he revisited his audition and told a brand new story. His close-up magic used alcohol, three balls, three silver cups and spontaneity. It was unbelievable and this performance could place Mat in the Top Three tomorrow night. A+
Emily West:I think the greatest vocalist that this show has discovered this year is Emily West! For her encore performance, she decided to revisit her cover of Sia’s “Chandelier". Dressed in red and surrounded by an orchestra, she still gave me goose bumps and proved that she is one of this year’s breakthrough acts. A
Miguel Dakota:In all honesty, Miguel Dakota should have not made the finale! Acts like Emil & Dariel, David & Leeman, and One Voice Children’s Choir gave better and far more superior performances then the Colorado-based singer. Earlier in the show, Howard stated that there are acts in the competition that people would fast-forward and I fast-forwarded his take on “Seven Nation Army". I still strongly believe that Jesse Kinch did it better! D
Sons of Serendip:
Sons of Serendip:For their encore performance, Sons of Serendip revisited their audition song: “Somewhere Only We Know". While they expanded upon their previous take on the song by adding a strings ensemble, the group delivered a top class presentation that featured strong vocal runs and gave the audience chills. A
AcroArmy:The final performance of the first round belonged to the last danger act left standing…AcroArmy! They reprised their Immortals piece (which reminded me of a gothic horror film) and still delivered, as tumblers and hand balancers flew across the Radio City Music Hall stage and into America’s hearts. Bravo, guys! A+
For Round Two, each of the Top Six had to deliver one new performance.
Mat Franco:As AcroArmy exited the stage, Nick Cannon began to look for volunteers to assist Mat in his final act. Over two dozens fans held out giant cards on the stage. Then, he called Mel B to assist him with the human deck and Howard worked on the regular cards. The pressure rose as Mat switched the colors on both judges. Once the trick was revealed…my jaw dropped once again in delight! This was a winning performance! A+
Sons of Serendip:
Sons of Serendip:For their final performance on the show, the quartet transformed Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life”. While Lys Agnes back in Season Six has performed this song, the guys added a choir and another strings section to make this song not only their own…it was also timeless. A
Quintavious Johnson:America’s favorite 12-year-old took it to church for his final performance. When Quintavious sang the first bars of “Let It Be”, I got both the chills and goose bumps. I hope Disney and Nickelodeon were watching, because they might discover a future superstar. A+
Miguel Dakota:Throughout this competition, I did not like Miguel Dakota. In all honesty, we do not need another Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson, Austin Mahone, One Direction or Midnight Red type of guy. I also thought that he performed another song that Jesse Kinch slayed on Rising Star (MJ’s “Billie Jean”). For everyone voting for Miguel, you are voting for an extremely sub-par talent! F
AcroArmy:Arthur and the kids had one final chance to make their dreams come true! They left their hearts, souls and astonishing stunts on stage as they rocked out to Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark". The final pyramid was impeccable and I think they will be in the Final Two tomorrow night! A+++
Emily West:Emily West’s final performance was a cover of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". This was her most vulnerable performance and it made me cry! I hope she gets a second record contract and is standing right next to AcroArmy as Nick is about to read the results. A+++
Tomorrow night, “AGT: Season Nine” concludes as Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Cyndi Lauper and Train will provide the entertainment and one act will join the ranks of Terry Fator, the Olate Dogs and Kenichi Ebina in the “AGT” winner’s circle!
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