Best Of ‘AGT’ Auditions Episode Recap
Tonight, America’s Got Talent aired a special “Best of Auditions” episode to highlight some of the most surprising, emotional, and just plain fun moments of Season 13 thus far. Of course, not every audition could fit into a two-hour timeslot, so the ones selected to be shown again may become prominent as we get deeper into the season. So, which acts should we be keeping a close eye on? I have a few ideas…
Prepare To Be Amazed
We were treated to encore presentations of the most mind-blowing auditions, including those of Shin Lim, The Sacred Riana, and Aaron Crowe. The latter will be back in the first Judge Cuts episode next Tuesday, and I can’t wait to see just how much more dangerous his next performance will be.
Lim and Riana seem to be the stars of the magic genre this season. I’ve been following both since before their AGT debuts, and while their auditions were great, I know the best is yet to come for them and I can’t wait to see them operate at their highest potential later on. After last season’s severe lack of magic acts, I’m really hoping to see one or both of these acts make it all the way to the finals.
Get Ready To Laugh…And Cry
Another genre I think we might see more success from in Season 13 is stand-up comedy. I’ll be honest that I didn’t find Vicki Barbolack or Samuel J. Comroe particularly memorable in their auditions, but the fact that AGT chose them for this “Best Of” episode tells me they might be sticking around for the live shows. (In fact, I believe I may have seen a clip in the preview at the end of tonight’s episode of Vicki being told she was advancing.)
I think part of why so many people seem to be connecting with Samuel is that his backstory connects directly to his talent. He has Tourette’s Syndrome, but isn’t afraid to laugh about it. He reminds me of Season 10 Runner-Up Drew Lynch, who did stand-up sets about his stutter.
Another act who brings her personal experiences to her art is Flau’jae. The original rap she auditioned with was about how her father lost his life to gun violence. It’s certainly a hot-button topic – and her stance on it will certainly gain a mixed response from people – but the way she presented it really humanized the issue. Giving the audience a way to connect with you and your act can take you far on AGT, and Flau’jae seems to have a real knack for this. She could prove to be a strong contender this season.
Going For The Gold
Speaking of strong contenders, it wouldn’t be an AGT highlights episode without reliving some Golden Buzzer moments. With the exception of Makayla Phillips, whose audition we saw just last night (it’s worth noting that most of the acts shown tonight were from the earlier weeks) this episode featured all the Season 13 Golden Buzzers we’ve seen so far: singers Michael Ketterer, Amanda Mena, Courtney Hadwin, and acro-dance troupe Zurcaroh.
Since the one drawback of getting a Golden Buzzer during the first round is not getting the extra exposure during Judge Cuts, it’s nice the show included the segments in this episode to keep these acts in viewers’s minds. I’ve actually noticed a lot of comments from fans forgetting who some of the Golden Buzzer acts – particularly Michael and Amanda – even were. This is probably due to the similarities in age range and talent between some of the recipients, as well as the audition round spanning a month and a half’s worth of episodes.
And The Winner Is…
It may seem early to be talking about the winner when we’re still a month away from the live shows, but after two consecutive seasons of having immediate favorites take the season by storm, things seem to be a little more up in the air this time. There have been some great acts, but no one has made headlines and water-cooler talk the way Grace VanderWaal and Darci Lynne Farmer did after their auditions. But if I had to predict the winner right now, I’d go with Courtney Hadwin. She got the Golden Buzzer, her audition has by far the most views on YouTube at the moment (35 million on the AGT channel’s video) and she was one of the few I heard some light buzz about in the days that followed her audition episode.
Onward To Judge Cuts
While watching the preview at the end of tonight’s episode I scoured for clues as to what might be in store for us in this next round, but didn’t see anything juicy other than the note I made earlier about Vicki seemingly being told she would be advancing. I did notice there were a lot of danger and dance performers highlighted as opposed to musical acts, so hopefully we’ll get a good amount of focus on those in the coming weeks; I’ve noticed some singer fatigue among casual and hardcore viewers alike, so seeing some more wild and dangerous acts could be a nice palate cleanser on that front.