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‘America’s Got Talent’ Recap: Acts Underperform In Second Quarterfinal

The talent was few and far between at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday night.

Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Simon Cowell pose at the AGT Judges Desk at the Dolby Theatre on August 10. (PHOTO: NBC Entertainment)

America’s Got Talent continued on Tuesday with a lackluster night of talent as 12 more acts looking to impress judges and the audience at home to earn a spot in the semifinals.

Tuesday saw the acts several acts underperform from the audition round, leaving America with a tough choice to decide who truly deserves a spot in the next round.

In case you missed it, here’s a recap of all 12 performances:


The vocal trio opened the show with a rather interesting rendition of Olivia Rodrigo’s “good 4 u”. They really took a step down with this performance and it was pitchy and all four judges seemed to agree since they got the “death spot”. I would not be surprised to see them eliminated on Wednesday.

Dokteuk Crew

The South Korean dance group was next and based their choreography on anime. They performed a routine to Lil Nas X’s “Montero” (Call Me By Name)” and it was just a mess. One, their clothes were so orange, it felt like they were doing a routine based in prison, not a Cowboy anime.

Simon Cowell seemed to agree, saying the guys “got lost” in the routine and Sofia Vergara added it was “too orange”.

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Johnny Showcase

It was really disappointing, but not surprising, to see Johnny did not have much to Showcase. I won’t even spend much time on him, that’s how bad he was.

Tory Vagasy

This girl wants to be on Broadway and if Tuesday night was any indication, she’s on her way. She got a mixed reaction from the judge’s, with Howie Mandel telling her she has “no shot” against some of the other singers in the competition.

Tori sang a beautiful rendition of “Heart of Stone” from Six The Musical. She blew the roof off the Dolby Theatre and I expect she won some votes from the public in the process.


The social media dance group was next and to be honest, they should stick to making TikTok’s and appearing in YouTube videos. The routine to a mashup of “Good Times” and “Boogie Wonderland” was messy, sloppy, and just not good enough.

Aidan Bryant

The young aerialist gave me the first “wow” moment of the night. He showed off his stage presence and poise for someone just 16-years-old. The stunts he did were superb and done without a safety net below him.

This is the first act that truly felt like I could see it in a Vegas show.

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Northwell Health Nurses Choir

Howie’s Golden Buzzer pick was up next and during their audition, I was skeptical. After Tuesday night, I am not as skeptical but surprised by how good this group is. They’ve been through so much during the coronavirus pandemic and can provide some hope for everyone in the country.

The group performed a beautiful rendition of “You Will Be Found” and it left me smiling by the end. Given the lackluster talent on this night, they have given themselves a shot for the next round.

Positive Impact Movement

The guys returned with pretty much the same act. However, this time they brought basketballs and a few nights. It was fun and honestly better than some of the other acts from earlier. However, how much more can they really do?

Peter Antoniou

The so-called “mentalist” took his sweet time on stage with Howie, Heidi, and Sofia. He made the judges pick a random can of food and correctly predicted the chopped tomatoes (Howie), corn (Heidi), and black beans (Sofia) in each can.

It didn’t stop there. Peter asked Sofia to remain on stage and had Simon choose the can for Sofia to eat out of. After several changes, Simon chose the yellow can and Sofia ate the pineapple. Eight minutes of boring and obviously set up “magic”. Yawn.

Korean Soul

The South Korean vocal group wants to be the next KPop band in America but they have a long way to go. They performed a rendition of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and it fell flat for me. They have nice voices but it was just a boring performance.

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Josh Blue

The comedian was easily the best act of the night as he showed everyone why he won Last Comic Standing all those years ago. He put together a hilarious set about handicap accessibility and should easily sail into the next round.

Victory Brinker

Closing the show was the 9-year-old opera singer who made AGT history by getting a group golden buzzer. She sang a beautiful opera song but I personally felt it was pitchy and flat. Still, she’ll go into the next round after the judge’s comments.

So, who goes through?

This might have been one of the worst live show lineups in show history. However, I still say Victory Brinker, Josh Blue, Northwell Health Nurse Choir, Aidan Bryant, Tori Vagacy, Peter Antoniau, and Korean Soul will advance.

America’s Got Talent continues on Wednesday night with the results show at 8/7c on NBC with host Terry Crews.

Stephen Anderson
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Stephen Michael is a Political Correspondent based in the United States. He has reached a global audience with his coverage of the 2020 Election and Trump White House. Michael joins Forward Axis News after spending time with the Project Spurs Network since 2014 and covering reality TV in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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