For this week’s dozen “America’s Got Talent” acts, it was too late to make a second effort, and a few certainly had regrets. Their fate was in the hands and fingers across America, clicking and dialing in their decisions for tonight’s August 19 results. Again this week, the sixth, seventh, and eighth place performers were up for America’s real-time save, and when all was said and done, just 450 votes made the difference, proving every person truly does count. Winning over the toughest judge to get a golden buzzer doesn’t always work like a charm, either.
After Mel B had a speedy session of trying to teach Howie how to play SNAP, without much success, Nick Cannon revealed that the sixth, seventh, and eighth place performers vying for the save were Ira, the puppet, young rockers, 3 Shades of Blue, and animation dancers, Freckled Sky. As soon as the word “vote” was out of the host’s mouth, the numbers got so close that a razor couldn’t fit between them.
It was down to business swiftly, too, with the ladder lover, Uzeyer Novruzov and the “dashing” Texas fly-boarding teen, Damone Rippy, called up to learn their fate in front of America. Uzeyer was visibly moved and trembling in gratitude when his name was called. He conceded to Mel B that he would bring back his ladder for the semifinals, and “mix it with something new.” This man has courage. When asked how he felt, he could only say “blessed.”
Canadian dancers, DM Nation, and 12-year-old operatic, untrained wonder, Arielle Baril, stood next under the spotlights to learn their news. Arielle was in awe of America, thanking them, and her family, for their support, and Heidi Klum assured her that she had golden support from the judge who gave her the golden buzzer. Arielle simply offered “Thank you.”
It was a treat to have the tension broken by two of last season’s most remarkable talents, William Close and his Earth Harp, literally stretching the expense of the auditorium, and transforming it into part of his instrument, accompanying the striking singer, Emily West, whose album, “All For You,” just released this week. She reprised “Nights in White Satin,” impeccably dressed in flowing white herself. Her original performance of that selection was spellbinding. Beyond performing worldwide, and already attaining number one in weekly sales, both these completely unique artists are making their living following their true passion, all any performer dreams of, thanks to this opportunity and competition.
Howie, Mel B, and Heidi had fun with photo hijinks at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Howie even became a “dropped” sculpture, so that one unknowing guest would pick him up, and Mel B was a bad girl to her Spice Girl buddies.
The next vote was between Sharon Irving, The CraigLewis Band, and Animation Crew. The dynamic personalities and stellar vocals of CraigLewis on “Try a Little Tenderness” won unanimous raves, so it was no surprise to hear their names called as the next semifinalists. Howard Stern admonished them to “keep doing what you’re doing.” Sharon Irving was next, and her unforgettable finale rang with the purpose that she expressed in her thanks, as Mel B reminded her that the whole competition was in her grasp.
Magician, Derek Hughes, who found his stride in his pocket performance with Mel B onstage, closed his eyes as he awaited word, sharing the stage with comedian, Myq Kaplan, who fell from funny a few critical notches. Hughes was beaming with the good news, and he will run with this chance. The tabulations for the save vote could at last be revealed, and Ira was the very close winner. Heidi gave her good wishes, and then it was time for the judges to deliberate between 3 Shades of Blue and Freckled Sky. Mel B was first to give the boys her nod, then Howie Mandel, citing how they did “step it up,” and finally, Howard Stern chose to chide Freckled Sky, his golden buzzer selection, noting that they “missed the opportunity,” and support the boys in the rock band as the credits rolled.
Next week will be the last quarterfinals group before the semifinals start. The tough choices are just beginning.