This week marks the start of the Judge Cuts round on AGT. Those who received a Golden Buzzer during the auditions will move on to the live shows, but everyone else who made it through now has to compete for a spot.
The good news is that we don’t have to wait until Tuesday’s new episode to get a taste of this round’s performances. AGT released the first ten minutes of the episode on YouTube, featuring guest judge Brad Paisley.
Introducing Guest Judge Brad Paisley
The video begins with an introduction from judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel. “I’ve seen it,” Simon says. “There are gonna be a few shocks.”
One shock for the contestants was the introduction of guest judge Brad Paisley. When asked by host Terry Crews what he hopes to see during the show, Brad replied, “I wanna see a person that has a gift to give humanity, and they’re gonna walk out here and it’s like, ‘Okay, we needed that and we didn’t even know it.'”
Brad gets to hit the Golden Buzzer for one act and send them straight through to the live shows. We can’t wait to see what type of act he chooses.
Lukas & Falco Return To The AGT Stage
The first act to compete in the Judge Cuts round is Lukas and Falco, a young man and his dog who danced to “Footloose” in their audition. Their second performance is more elaborate, involving circus-themed props and a routine set to “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.
The performance, which featured leaps and rolls from both trainer and pup (as well as some impressive juggling) earned an immediate standing ovation from Simon. “Wow wow wow … or bow wow wow,” Simon said, acknowledging that the act was pretty much tailor-made for him.
Brad Paisley told Falco, “I don’t know what he’s paying you, but you deserve more.” Gabrielle Union said she thought they improved since their audition. We’ll find out soon if it was enough to send them through. In the meantime, check out their performance above.