‘AGT’ Season 13 Judge Cuts Week 2 Recap

Julia Delbel
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After another week of America’s Got Talent Judge Cuts, seven more acts have been revealed as quarter-finalists! Guest judge Olivia Munn was there this week to help the panel choose who would move forward, so let’s see who the five of them sent to the live shows!

Shin Lim


Shin is seriously one of the best magicians we’ve seen on any of these Got Talent shows. Just when you think card magic is getting stale, he comes up with something fresh and new for everyone to marvel at. It was no surprise he made the live shows and I think he has a great chance at becoming a top 10 finalist at the end of the season.

Future Kingz


 

I was a big fan of these guys during their first audition, but tonight’s performance just didn’t do it for me. There were a lot of moments when some of the dancers were noticeably off the beat. This resulted in a fairly sloppy-looking performance, especially towards the end. I know this group is capable of more exciting and polished routines, so hopefully we’ll get to see something better in the quarter-finals!

Angel City Chorale

I enjoyed Voices Of Hope last week, but I remember thinking if any choir were to get a Golden Buzzer, it totally should have been Angel City Chorale. Well, now they have one, which means we’ve gone from no AGT choirs ever receiving the Golden Buzzer to two of them getting it in back-to-back episodes! ACC once again delivered a lively and captivating performance, but it felt a little more serious this time (and certainly more polished). I love that we’ve now seen they can pull off a range of tones in their numbers and can’t wait to see what surprises they have in store for us next time!

Hans

Every season has at least one or two polarizing acts, and this year Hans definitely falls under that category. Personally, I fall on the side of enjoying his tongue-in-cheek performances, but I can see how it’s too over-the-top for some. I don’t think he’s going to come anywhere close to winning but I’m sure he’ll continue to be fun and entertaining for as long as he sticks around.

Rob Lake

I was surprised the judges sent two magic acts through in the same episode (for some reason, they don’t seem to do that very often) especially because they seemed pretty lukewarm on Rob. I think his tricks are great but I agree with the judges he needs to work on his charisma in order to really give them the “wow” factor, and I’m hoping he’ll have worked on that for the quarter-finals.

Joseph O’Brien

Joseph is a decent singer and I thought he did okay tonight, but to be honest he’s been pretty forgettable to me so far. If we end up having a lot of solo singers in the live shows like in recent seasons, I think he could be in trouble fast if he doesn’t sing just the right songs that suit his voice and make him stand out.

Vicki Barbolak

Vicki really delivered with her comedy routine tonight. My only concern with her is how much of the general AGT audience is into her style of humor. In the past we’ve seen comedians on the older side prove to be a hit with the judges but get voted off early by the viewers, so hopefully Vicki has enough fans to last for awhile now that she’s reached the live shows.

Wildcard Possibilities

Lioz Shem Tov

Lioz was the one elimination that really hurt for me tonight. I would definitely have kept him in as the second “magic” act over Rob Lake, even though he’s more of a comedian than a magician. I get that his act is another polarizing one, but I’m hoping the fact that we saw both his audition and Judge Cuts performances in full is a sign he might be brought back as one of the three quarter-final wildcards.

Reyes del Swing

This one is a bit of a long-shot, since they were montaged tonight and I don’t recall seeing their audition on TV, but we’ve seen the show bring back group acts that got minimal airtime in the pre-live show rounds before, and they did include that comment about how they should be in the live shows in the episode’s edit, so they’re not totally off my radar yet.

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