(LOS ANGELES) — America’s Got Talent continued on Tuesday night with the final auditions of the season.
Tuesday’s showcase included a 90-year-old stripper and a couple of nice Jewish boys who beat-boxed.
Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were back behind the judges’ table to offer their opinions and decide which acts would advance. Also back this season is “the Golden Buzzer,” which gives each judge one opportunity to send an act straight to the live shows.
Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:
Ilan and Josh – a couple of seemingly nice Jewish boys – surprised the judges by beat-boxing Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” Simon thought the act was “cute,” which led Mel B to ask how beat-boxing could be “cute.” Ilan noted that his mother thinks he’s cute. They earned four “yeses” and move on in the competition.
Daniel Joyner, a 17-year-old Tennessee native, crooned “Try a Little Tenderness,” made famous by Otis Redding. Afterwards, Howie declared “America’s Got Talent and America’s got you.” The other judges also liked Daniel, but thought he looked a little “stiff” and urged him to step out of his comfort zone. Joyner received four “yeses” from the panel and advances.
Dance team Sila Sveta – Russian for “Power of Light” – is an American duo led by a Russian creative director. They used lights and graphics projected on a screen behind them and appeared to be flying as they performed. They earned four “yeses” from the judges and move on to the next round.
Moya Angela brought everyone to their feet with her version of Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.” Heidi declared, “You sold it and I bought it.” The other judges also bought it and unanimously voted to send Moya to the next round.
Juggling act The Passing Zone got a reluctant Howie Mandel in on the act. As one juggled torches, clubs and Tasers while standing directly over Mandel, the other jumped over the two of them, keeping the dangerous objects in the air. They received four “yeses” and head to the next round.
Fifty-year-old massage therapist RL Bell flexed his muscles as he belted out Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones.” Simon liked his voice, but not the shtick. Howie thought it was “kind of like Rick James, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Hulk Hogan had a child.” The female judges, however, ate it up. Bell received three “yeses” and heads to the next round.
Finally, 90-year-old Dorothy Williams performed a strip tease act — tassels and all. The judges found her routine “inspiring.” Host Nick Cannon, noted that all four judges had already used their Golden Buzzers so he “broke the rules” by hitting the buzzer himself.
America’s Got Talent returns next Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
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