“America’s Got Talent”: 5 Best Auditions From Episode 5 (RECAP)
[Warning: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for America’s Got Talent Season 17 Episode 5.]
A magician had Mandel declare that he had “never seen such unique magic”. A singer has earned a “genius” title from Cowell. A comedian cut things back to basics with a premise so dumb it killed the entire audience. And there was an acrobat who soared to new heights (literally, he soared above the judge’s Xs suspended above the stage) – and nearly fell off it. But if some of the acts were indeed original, that doesn’t mean they were good in the eyes of the judges.
Some of the night’s rejections included a comedian who only makes jokes about bicycles, a guy who pops balloons at the “1812 overture” who accidentally cuts his forehead, and a metal choir who has basically growled through “O Fortuna” and Britney Spears‘ “Toxic.” Notably, the third act succeeded with three yeses and one no from Klum.
The judges weren’t afraid to say no this week. Several musical groups got the cut, because while undeniably talented, the original songs failed to live up to Season 17’s uniqueness standards. And while rejections and criticisms were met with boos from the crowd, the panel knows what it is looking for.
Here, we break down the most impressive auditions, all of which got four yeses from the judges.
The French magician used video visuals and wearables in his act. His sleight of hand started out simple, with some of the tricks being easy to figure out (like a ball in his hand revealed with quick timing), but as the performance progressed the tricks became more and more impossible. to understand. Ribs removed 3D objects from the 2D video screen, wowing the crowd. Mandel said he had “never seen magic better”.
Using a loop pedal she dubbed “the recording studio at your feet,” the 17-year-old singer and multi-instrumentalist performed an original song that could serve as a Gen-Z anthem. Hailing from Nashville, Morris started with beat boxing followed by bass, then background vocals and electric guitar. Then came the lyrics and the drums. The crowd surged as Morris walked out, and the judges couldn’t get enough.
“I think you’re one of the coolest girls to ever stand on that stage,” Vergara said. Cowell called it a little messy and was greeted with boos, but he said something like this should be messy, raw and real. He liked the originality of his act, saying he’d rather watch that than someone with a boring backing track. After three yeses, Cowell gave Morris her fourth and called her a “genius”.
The group is a mix of dancers, one of whom is also an engineer. The engineer spent 12 years creating LED-lit ribbon dance wands that can be programmed like a dancer can learn choreography. As the theater lights were turned off, the dancers literally lit up the stage with a mesmerizing performance that marked their very first performance. But watching them, you would never know it was their first show.
“The colors of the light were so soothing. I was in a trance. I loved it,” Vergara said, while Klum added, “I kind of forgot where I was for a minute. I thought I was underwater and just saw jellyfish.
“Gorgeous, very Vegas,” Cowell said.
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The 27-year-old singer/songwriter performed her original song, “Daydream,” which she says has changed in meaning over the past two years. When she started writing “Daydream,” Meola was living her daydream with a major recording and publishing deal. But then her mother was diagnosed with cancer and she became her full-time caretaker. Meola lost her recording contract during this period, which unfortunately ended with the death of her mother.
Meola wasn’t sure she’d survive the performance, but she said holding on to the memory of her mother singing to her would get her through. The song was beautiful, and Meola’s story and performance inspired Klum to use the golden buzzer.
“For season 17, there are always a lot of singers on stage. I was like, ‘I want to give somebody else a chance,'” Klum said. “But I can’t help it, because I really, really love you, so I’ll do it.” I’ll push the golden buzzer for you. It’s you!”
The 23-year-old New Yorker studied opera in music school, but her act wasn’t limited to singing. She handed Klum a six-sided die with the name of a famous singer on each side. Beddows began by singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in her own voice, then followed Klum’s selections.
The first was Ariana Grandefollowed by her grandmother (adding some comedy to the mix), Stevie Nicks, Celine Dion, Snow White and Siri. She nailed every one of them. The judges loved her—you guessed it—her originality, with Vergara calling the performance “perfect” and Cowell saying there’s a “gigantic gap” in the market for someone like her.
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