‘AGT’ Semi-Finals Week 2 Pre-Show Lineup Breakdown
We only have one more week of America’s Got Talent semi-finals, which means only TWO more weeks of Season 13!
Next week, the eleven semi-finalists whose fates have yet-to-be-determined will perform at the Dolby Theatre once again in hopes of earning themselves one of the five remaining spots in the season finale.
The episode’s lineup will consist of…
- danger illusionist Aaron Crow
- choir Angel City Chorale
- violinist Brian King Joseph
- singer Christina Wells
- singer Courtney Hadwin
- opera singer Daniel Emmet
- hip-hop dance group Da RepubliK
- singer Glennis Grace
- singer-songwriter Noah Guthrie
- stand-up comedian Vicki Barbolak
- family band We Three
So, this week is mostly singers, so that could potentially make for a monotonous episode. However, among the singing acts are a band, a choir, and an opera singer, so hopefully they’ll keep things from getting too boring on that front. Of the three, We Three probably has the best shot at making it since they made top 5 in their quarter-final and have a backstory a lot of people have really connected with. However, I still think Angel City Chorale and Daniel Emmet – particularly the latter – have a decent chance if they bring their A-game.
As for the other singers, Courtney Hadwin is a lock for the finals unless she really screws up, and I’ll say one of Glennis Grace or Christina Wells will also be there, but not both. I’m leaning towards the former, but it’s possible she’ll get Sacred Riana‘d and be a popular act to lose out because most of her fans aren’t actually located in America.
On the variety side, there are only four acts this week. That’s kind of dismal for a “variety” show. The two legitimate contenders in this category to move forward are Vicki Barbolak and Brian King Joseph. Since well over half this episode is singing acts, anything else will stand out I’m inclined to believe at least one of them will make it.
I get the sense Vicki is a huge hit with middle America. What might hurt her though is she will inevitably be compared to Samuel J. Comroe, who has already made it to the finals. He’s the bar for her to match or beat, and if she can’t, she’s out. (This is also probably why all the other dance acts started dropping like flies once Zurcaroh did their quarter-finals performance).
As the sole strictly instrumental musician we’ve had in the live shows in years, Brian doesn’t have the problem of comparisons (except from fans of Lindsey Stirling, who was an early out way back in Season 5 but has since gone on to have a very successful career as a violinist). Another plus is his incredibly emotional backstory that relates directly to his talent. With him it’s all going to come down to song choice. He has to choose something epic and important-sounding or he won’t move forward.
I hate to say this about an act, but Da RepubliK feels like little more than fodder this week. Aaron Crow has slightly better chances than them, but he was another judges’ save and will inevitably be compared to Shin Lim, who is already set for the finals. And Noah Guthrie is a bit of a question mark. He may fall victim to the purge of singers we tend to get in the semi-finals, but if goes out there with another really good original song he might slide into the finals.
America’s Got Talent returns Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.