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Amazing Air Force A Cappella Group Covers One Direction On ‘AGT’ [VIDEO]

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

In 2017, an a cappella group auditioned for AGT and impressed the judges. (Well, most of the judges.) Their name was In The Stairwell, and what made them special is that their members were all from the United States Air Force Academy.


The group, which has been around since 2004, was restricted to singing in stairwells, which is how they got their name. Check out their AGT audition in the video below, and read on to find out what the judges thought.

Air Force A Cappella Group Sings On ‘AGT’

When Simon Cowell asked the group if they practiced in the stairwell because they weren’t good, one of the members responded, “It’s ’cause we’re too good, I think.” He added that “so many hours” were put into rehearsing for their audition.

The group went on to perform an a cappella rendition of “Drag Me Down” by One Direction. They showed off some great harmonies and choreography that had the audience cheering.


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Three of the AGT judges seemed to be enjoying the performance, but Howie Mandel hit his red buzzer toward the end. His fellow judges were shocked by the move. Simon and Heidi Klum both stood up at the end of the performance.

Howie thanked the group for their service, but said it “bored” him. The AGT crowd booed him, and Simon said they weren’t booing him loud enough.


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Mel B said she wasn’t bored, telling the group they “made it feel so full, and fresh, and new.” Heidi said she loves a man in uniform, adding that she thought the group was “very talented.”

Simon said he thought the choreography was “too much,” but added, “I think people are really, really gonna like you. A lot of work to do, but they’re gonna like you.”

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In The Stairwell received three “yes” votes from the judges to move on. The group made it all the way to the AGT semifinals of Season 12, performing songs like “Bye Bye Bye” by NSYNC, “Some Nights” by Fun, and “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran.

The group is still performing a cappella. You can keep up with In The Stairwell on their Instagram page, or check out their YouTube channel for videos of their performances.

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About the Author

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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