‘AGT’ Recap: A Night of Strong Performances Ahead of Next Week’s Finale

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America’s Got Talent Season 17 returned on Tuesday night with a much stronger episode than last week’s. This is the final round of Qualifiers before next week’s finale, as America chooses two more acts to move on out of 11.

Tuesday’s episode featured several amazing performances, including a few that earned standing ovations from the entire judging panel. Voting is open until 7 a.m. ET Wednesday morning, so be sure to show your favorite acts some love.

‘AGT’ Golden Buzzer Mayyas Steals the Show

The highlight of Tuesday night’s show was the performance from Sofia Vergara’s Golden Buzzer act, Mayyas. This dance group of 36 women from Lebanon mesmerized both the audience and the judges with their routine.

The dancers moved in sync with each other, creating stunning shapes and making themselves look like snakes. All four judges were on their feet at the end of the performance, and Vergara tried to stand on the desk. She ended up going up on stage to be with the group.

Simon Cowell said their performance will change the world, while Heidi Klum called them “Vegas ready.” Howie Mandel paid them an amazing compliment by saying this was the “best moment I have seen in AGT history.” Meanwhile, Vergara said she wanted to hit the Golden Buzzer all over again.

Non-Singing Acts Dominate the Night

What made Tuesday’s episode so exciting was that the best acts of the night didn’t necessarily come from singers. Instead, performers with unconventional talents were able to shine on the AGT stage. That includes pole dancer Kristy Sellars.

Kristy performed in front of a large screen, on which was projected various environments. The dancer interacted with the magical backdrops while showing off her grace and strength on two poles. The judges gave her a standing ovation, with Cowell calling the performance “astonishingly brilliant.”

Another highlight of the night came from Blade 2 Blade, a duo of brothers who throw knives. With the help of an acrobat, they showed off some dangerous moves, even incorporating fire and blindfolds into the routine. Cowell said it could easily be a Vegas act.

The judges also loved Urbancrew, the Filipino group who showed off some incredible gymnastics moves, flying through hoops and doing backflips across the stage. The judges were on their feet, with Cowell giving them a score of 10. Mandel called it the “most exciting, most entertaining act of the night.”

Singing Acts Divide the Judges

This week’s singing acts didn’t get quite the same praise as the non-singing acts this week. Kristen Cruz opened the show with a powerful performance of “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” by Miley Cyrus, prompting Simon Cowell to say she chose the wrong song.

Meanwhile, Mandel buzzed the boy band Travis Japan, saying that their vocals didn’t sound good and that it seemed like an SNL sketch. The other judges praised their dancing, but Cowell agreed that the “song was dreadful,” and Vergara said their voices sounded “a little bit bad.”

Then there was Aubrey Burchell, who delivered a soulful performance of “Loved by You” by KIRBY. Mandel questioned the song choice, calling it “smallish” and more suited to a cabaret. However, the other judges praised her, with Cowell saying he liked that she went with a lesser-known track.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite acts up to 10 times each using either the NBC website or the AGT app. Voting is open until Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. ET. Tune in Wednesday night to find out which two acts are moving on, and to vote for the wildcard act.

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