America’s Got Talent: The Champions continued on Monday night with 10 new acts from around the world competing to earn a place in the semifinals. One act would advance straight into the finals thanks to judge Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer.
This week’s group was a tad lackluster with several acts flopping on stage. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of what went down in the third week of competition.
The show kicked off with one of my favorite dog acts in franchise history. 12-year-old Alexa Laurenburger made her American debut fresh off a win on Germany’s Got Talent in 2017. She didn’t have just one dog, she had TWELVE fur babies doing flips and tricks through the air. Absolutely incredible!
It was almost as if Alexa set such a high bar by going first that the rest of the acts knew they needed to step up their game even more in order to keep up with her. And that, my friends, is where things went wrong the rest of the night.
The second act up was 12-year-old violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, who was a finalist on the recently 14th season of America’s Got Talent. This time, Tyler performed “The Git Up” by Blanco Brown.
His performance was pretty good but as I said back when he first competed, it doesn’t scream anything special for me. It may have been different if Tyler waited a year before returning. Just seeing him back so close to when he competed didn’t do anything for me.
Fresh off being a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent 2019, magician Ben Hart was next and came to prove that his magic is good enough to win. But at this point in the show, things started taking a downhill turn.
Ben recreated an Indian ritual with rice bowls as he made rice and water disappear. Yes, it was as boring as it sounds. The act left the judges, the audience, and me as a viewer confused. I even said out loud, “Is that it?” It was probably one of the worst magic acts in AGT history and the show’s been on 14 seasons, so that’s saying a lot!
I had high hopes for this group considering I liked them back when they were on America’s Got Talent in 2015. This time, they seemed to have lost their luster. The shadow dancing group performed a nice story about marionettes but again, it wasn’t anything amazing. Judge Simon Cowell buzzed them, saying that the act was boring. I may not have agreed with Simon stealing Howie’s Golden Buzzer last week but I was right there with him on this.
The winner of Italy’s Got Talent Season 7 was up next and came to the show because he wants to defend his title and show he is the best in the world at what he does. Moses put a modern twist on the harmonica as he did some cool beatboxing with it.
As cool as it was, this show is about champions. It was simply good but not great. For Champions, you need to be great.
The acrobatic act from Mumbai returned to the stage after being a finalist last year on America’s Got Talent. I said then and I’ll say it now, this group is the real deal; they were robbed of a second-place finish and are one of the best acts in the history of the show.
The group performed a very high energy and mindblowing routine that saw them tumble, flip, and run through a moving picture frame. It was so good that Howie sent them into the finals with the Golden Buzzer and Simon commented that they could win this whole thing. I really would love for them to win it all.
America’s Got Talent Season 10 winner Michael Grimm had the unfortunate task following V Unbeatable. He returned and performed a beautiful rendition of Etta James’ song “I Rather Go Blind”.
He sang the song very well and reminded everyone why he won. But despite him doing well, Simon commented that the song choice wasn’t his favorite. Regardless, it was great to see Michael back again.
The winners of Poland’s Got Talent 2018 took to the stage and performed a high-flying, sexy, and romantic acrobatic act that was easily the second-best act of the night.
This act reminded me so much of Duo Transcend and since *spoiler alert* we’ll see both of them in the next round, we’ll see just how similar these two acts are.
The penultimate act of the evening was the winners of Norway’s Got Talent, Quick Style. Right off the bat, the dancers told the judges they were going to perform a slow song and they’re not a high uptempo group. That wasn’t the best idea as Howie buzzed the group. He remarked the act was boring and he didn’t get it.
I’d have to agree with Howie once again. I’m not sure if it was the song choice or the dancing but I just didn’t get a good vibe from them. It was almost as if they played it too safe.
Things ended on an extremely weird note as magic/danger act Miki Dark was the final act of the evening. He was a finalist on Germany’s Got Talent in 2019 and “was never seen again” after losing, according to his pre-taped video package. He used judge Heidi Klum and host Terry Crews to “complete” his picture of Simon by throwing knives at them.
In reality, it was a pretty simple trick but I won’t give it away. The act was SO drawn out; it got pretty boring and I was pleading with him from my couch to get on with it. It was a big fat ‘no’ from me and was a poor ending to a mediocre night.
After all the acts performed, Terry returned with the results. He revealed Duo Destiny and Tyler Butler-Figeroa had advanced into the semifinals. The judges would vote in Alexa Laurenburger to join them along with Howie’s Golden Buzzer V. Unbeatable.
Those four acts join Angelina Jordan, Duo Transcend, Dania Diaz, Hans, Marcelito Pomoy, Marc Spellman, and Ryan Niemiller in the semifinals.
What did you think of the show? Let me know in the comments below!
America’s Got Talent: The Champions airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC.