AceShowbiz - With only a few weeks away before "America's Got Talent" crowns its season 13 winner, the remaining acts are vying for spots in the finals. On Tuesday night, September 4, 11 acts of the 22 semifinalists performed on a live show.
Teen singer Amanda Mena kicked it off with a soulful, R&B rendition of Pharrell Williams' "Happy". The 16-year-old is Mel B's (Melanie Brown) Golden Buzzer pick and the judge couldn't help gushing about her. "I just adore you," the former Spice Girls member said. "Well done. It was a very brave choice. I love you and you killed it."
All-male dance troupe Junior New System from Manila, Philippines took the stage next to deliver a fierce performance. About halfway through, they threw off their red heels. They earned a standing ovation from all four judges. Simon Cowell said, "That is what we call a semifinal performance."
Us the Duo failed to follow it up with a stellar performance, though they sang a sweet original song. Heidi Klum said, "I love you but this wasn't one of my favorite songs." Simon added, "There is nothing to dislike about you. However, I didn't love the song tonight. It was more background noise than the songs you did before. I hope America gets behind you."
Up next was another singing act, the children's choir Voice of Hope. They covered "Defying Gravity" from "Wicked". It was a little off pitch wise, but the judges had nothing but good words for them. Mel B commented on the performance, "The timing was a little bit off but you do bring joy and make people feel warm and fuzzy. I liked it." Simon disagreed with her, saying, "None of that matters. What matters is who you are. This is the kind of act I love seeing do well on AGT. You are so far my favorite act of the night."
Shin Lim brought magic to the stage with a little help from Heidi and host Tyra Banks and completely mesmerized everyone. "Anyone who says they don't believe in magic that wasn't a trick," Simon said, "It was actually incredible." Heidi compared him to world famous magicians like David Blaine or David Copperfield.
Next, Heidi's Golden Buzzer pick Makayla Phillips sang Jessie J's "Who You Are" and didn't disappoint the model. "I believe in you so much. You have the total package," Heidi said, urging people to vote for the 16-year-old singer. Simon thought "it was overproduced at the end," but still called it her "best" performance yet.
Wildcard pick Front Pictures delivered a space-themed performance. Simon pushed his red buzzer, saying that it reminded him of music like when he was at the dentist. Howie Mandel said he's "confused but it is beautiful," while Mel B and Heidi liked it.
The daredevil act Duo Transcend was back with a death-defying act with fire which Simon had requested last week. The British music producer called it the "best act of the night." Mel B added, "From start to end, it was nail biting. Best performance to date."
Comedian Samuel J. Comroe impressed the judges with his latest jokes. Howie said, "You deserve to be here. I said you need to make it to the finals." Simon also praised him, "You aren't just funny. I think people like me, like you. I think we are going to see you in the finals."
Michael Ketterer, Simon's Golden Buzzer pick, quickly turned the mood with his heartfelt rendition of Miley Cyrus' "When I Look at You". Simon didn't cry this time, but Mel was so moved by Michael's voice that she started to cry. Michael got a standing ovation.
Closing out that night's live show was Tyra Banks' Golden Buzzer pick, dance troupe Zurcaroh. "On this show I go from crying to laughing to screaming to being wowed and stunned. That was incredible, brilliant!" Mel B commented. Simon also sang praise for them, "From now on we are going to call you the greatest showman because that is what you are. ...I never dreamed when we started this show that we would find talent like this and we have."
On Wednesday, September 5, the results of the voting will be revealed and five acts who are going through to finals will be revealed. The remaining half of the semifinalists will perform next week.