The grand finale of America's Got Talent (AGT) comes in less than a week. On Tuesday, September 19, following the conclusion of its final round of live performances, the competition broadcast a two-hour special on NBC that included 11 incredible acts that displayed a wide range of singing and dancing abilities and some magic.
The panel of judges!
Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Sofia Vergara made up the initial judging panel. On September 20, the two finalists, chosen by public voting, will be announced on the Terry Crews-hosted program. The competition is intense, and the participants are equipped and prepared to win the championship and the $1,000,000 big prize.
Performances from the last qualifiers!
Eduardo Antonio Trevino!
The young Texas performer graced the AGT stage with a captivating Mariachi version of the Oscar-winning song Remember Me from Coco. The judges praised his extraordinary vocal range, ability to remain composed in front of a large crowd, and all-around "star" qualities.
Grace asked her fans for their wishlist of tricks before her AGT performance, and they demanded more fire! She practically ignited herself, the hoops, and the stage on fire to deliver it. Standing ovations were given for the performance by Sofia, Heidi, and the crowd. Howie shared the same feelings. He did, however, draw attention to one tiny error.
Lachuné sang her ballad rendition of Simply The Best to thunderous praise from the three judges and the crowd. The fresh spin she gave the perennially famous song was well-received by Sofia and Simon, and Heidi even dubbed it all "stunning." Howie was quite impressed with Lachuné's polished abilities, but he thought her AGT performance wasn't memorable enough to distinguish her from the other contestants.
Eseniia Mikheeva, a 7-year-old aspiring "dance legend," astounded the AGT audience with her amazing abilities as she displayed her acrobatic skill with flawlessly done flips, splits, and waves to Ciara's Level Up. Sofia saw immense promise in her future, and Simon and Heidi were astounded by her charismatic presence and joyous personality. The panel lavished her with admiration.
Mandy Muden, a comedy magician, assured the audience in her AGT Qualifier that she would try something new and give them a surprise. She performed with a "trick box" and made the audience laugh. Heidi and Simon commented that she didn't have many jaw-dropping moments that night, unlike Howie and Sofia, who were enamoured with her performance.
The dancing trio Avantgardey blasted off effortlessly coordinated, high-intensity, even higher-impact routines during their live performance on the AGT stage to Japanese music. Nearly every judge gave the 20 women a standing ovation and praised them for their unique and exciting ideas. Even asking for America's vote on their behalf in front of the camera, Howie.
The Trailer Flowers combo initially won over the judges but regrettably fell short in the AGT Qualifiers. They sang their brand-new original song with emotion until Howie pressed Heidi's red buzzer midway through. All the judges said their performance was below average and sounded "pitchy." The way they were dressed also didn't sit well with Sofia.
The Ramadhani Brothers!
During the AGT live event, the Ramadhani Brothers' daring acrobatics completely blew the judges' heads. They acknowledged a few mistakes in their practice that might put them at serious risk if they happened again. On stage, though, their act went off without a hitch, and their last trick, involving a ladder and an upside-down sibling, was incredibly seamless.
Gabriel Henrique, one of the AGT's rare golden buzzer winners, went to the stage to try out a song that the judges might have yet to expect from him. He took a chance with Something Beautiful, and it was well worth it. His voice's sensitivity touched Sofia, Heidi's "unbelievable talent" touched Howie, one booming note touched Simon, and his daring track selection touched Heidi.
AGT magician Sangsoon Kim received criticism from the judges during the live broadcast for doing a less impressive performance than he did during his audition. They didn't find the "wow" element in his repetitious antics and weren't the greatest admirers. They acknowledged his brilliance, but they couldn't help but wonder whether the only thing that set him apart was that he didn't do card tricks.
82nd Airborne Chorus!
The 82nd Airborne Chorus finished off the last round of AGT Qualifiers. They turned P! nk's well-known song I Am Here into their masterpiece by adding slick harmonies and military chants. They received a well-deserved standing ovation from Simon, and all the judges agreed that their performance had improved significantly since their audition.