‘AGT’ Recap: The Best Finals Ever — Says Simon Cowell

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Tuesday night marked the first part of the AGT Season 14 finals, as frontrunners Kodi Lee, Benicio Bryant and V. Unbeatable competed against their fellow finalists for a chance at the million-dollar prize. Only one act will be crowned the winner on Wednesday night’s results show.

‘AGT’ Finals Intro and season recap

Watch and Vote For The ‘AGT’ Finals

Judge Simon Cowell called this the best finals night he’s ever seen in the history of the show. Now it’s up to America’s viewers to decide who will be crowned the champion. Check out all of tonight’s performances below, and vote online or by downloading the AGT app.

V. Unbeatable

This Indian dance group took their act to new heights tonight — literally! Howie Mandel called them the “most thrilling act in the history of AGT.” Gabrielle Union called it “un-freaking-believable.” Julianne Hough said they “crushed it.” Simon Cowell called them “a game changer.”

Detroit Youth Choir

This inspiring group of young singers delivered an energetic performance of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Julianne praised director Anthony White for giving all the kids a chance to shine. Simon predicted that tonight would be a “tough competition.”

Emanne Beasha

This 10-year-old opera singer once again showed off her stunning voice. Julianne called her “otherworldly” and “perfect.” Simon said she has “the most incredible voice” and deserves to be there. Gabrielle called her “an actual angel.”

Ryan Niemiller

This self-deprecating stand-up comedian returned to the AGT stage, this time to joke about his experience getting recognized from the show. Simon suggested that Hollywood should give him a part in a movie or TV show. Gabrielle followed that up by saying she wants to cast him in one of her production company’s projects.

Voices of Service

This group of former service members delivered a powerful performance of “Footprints in the Sand” by Leona Lewis. “You are changing lives,” Howie told them. Gabrielle called it “performance perfection.” Julianne got choked up as she thanked them for helping people “feel seen.” Simon said they have a chance to win.

Light Balance Kids

This Ukrainian dance group delivered a funky new light-up performance for the finals. Julianne praised them for being “creative and innovative.” Simon admitted that he hasn’t supported them much in the past, but said this was their best performance yet.

Benicio Bryant

This singer-songwriter just turned 15, and he brought another original song (“Six Strings”) to the AGT stage. Julianne praised him for being able to “hold the stage” without “bells and whistles.” Simon said Benicio has his “absolute respect” for being himself.

Tyler Butler-Figueroa

This 11-year-old violinist and cancer survivor performed a unique rendition of “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child for his finals act. Simon said he was “bursting with pride” for Tyler, and shared that Beyoncé  “personally cleared” the song for him. Gabrielle said he saved his best performance for last.

Kodi Lee

This inspiring singer and pianist performed “Lost Without You” by Freya Ridings for his finale performance. Gabrielle said the world would be lost without Kodi. Howie predicted that he’ll win the season. Simon called his performance “one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever, ever heard.”

Ndlovu Youth Choir

This South African choir delivered a high-energy performance of Toto’s “Africa” that had Gabrielle and Julianne up and dancing. Gabrielle called them “the pride of Africa” as well as “the pride of America.” Simon and Howie said it was the end of an amazing finals night.

What did you think of tonight’s performances? Do you agree with the judges’ assessments? Tune in Wednesday night to find out which act will be crowned the winner. Who do you think it will be?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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