America’s Got Talent: The Champions, will air its third episode tonight. Ten more acts will compete for a place in the finals, but there are some odd and certainly noteworthy coincidences in this week’s lineup of acts.
We’re not sure if this was intentional on the part of the producers or not, but there seem to be five different genres of talent represented this week, with two acts featured from each. Let’s take a look at each of tonight’s “rivalries”.
Angelica Hale vs. DJ Arch Jnr – The Child Acts
Got Talent is known for welcoming performers of all ages, so naturally we end up getting a lot of child acts. Tonight we’ll be seeing two of the most successful in the entire franchise, with America’s Got Talent runner-up Angelica Hale and South Africa’s Got Talent winner DJ Arch Jnr.
Both of these two are musical acts, with Angelica being a pop singer and DJ Arch Jnr being, well, a DJ! Both have also become internet sensations. Angelica received a Golden Buzzer during her season, while DJ Arch Jnr holds the distinction of being the youngest winner in Got Talent history, being just three years old at the time of his victory!
Billy and Emily England vs. Ryan Stock and Amberlynn Walker – The Danger Duos
These two acts show how much range there is in the danger world. Billy and Emily perform all kinds of roller-skating stunts atop an onstage platform, while Ryan and Amberlynn are a sideshow act best known for their bow and arrow tricks.
Both acts have competed on America’s Got Talent, and prior to their season Billy and Emily appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. Billy and Emily finished in the semi-finals on both programs, while Ryan and Amberlynn were cut in the quarter-finals after their performance went wrong and resulted in Amberlynn accidentally shooting a flaming arrow into Ryan’s neck on live TV. Yikes!
Fortunately, no one was hurt, but Champions will be a chance for the duo to prove their skills to the doubters (the clip of the accident became a viral video online). For Billy and Emily, it will be a chance to see if they can finally reach a Got Talent finale.
Darcy Oake vs. Jon Dorenbos – The Magicians
Here are two performers who have definitely found success in their field after Got Talent; Darcy as part of The Illusionists tours as well as his own, and Jon as a career change after being forced to retire from the NFL.
Both of these magicians have reached a Got Talent finale in the past – Darcy on BGT and Jon on AGT – and both are known for breathing new life into classic tricks with their own special way of delivering them. Darcy sometimes puts on a bit of a “bad boy” image in his performances and showcases them with a cool, slick vibe. Jon, on the other hand, tends to deliver his tricks the way a motivational speaker might share an passionate message with a crowd.
Paul Potts vs. Prince Poppycock – The Opera Singers
Opera singers don’t have a show of their own like some other musical genres, so Got Talent is the perfect place for them. We’ve had some great ones over the years, but BGT Series 1 winner Paul Potts and AGT Season 5 finalist Prince Poppycock are probably the most iconic of them all.
Both were clearly favorites during their respective appearances, and both have had very successful careers outside of the franchise. Prince Poppycock is a little bit more “out there” than Paul (in the best way of course!) but both are among the most memorable and beloved acts in Got Talent history. (If they both make it to the finals, I want to see them team up for a duet as their “bonus” performance in the finale.)
Samuel J. Comroe vs. Tom Cotter – The Stand-Up Comedians
No comedian has ever won AGT, but plenty have finished in the finals! And that’s exactly the case for both of these guys; Samuel came in fourth place in Season 13, while Tom was the runner-up of Season 7.
Tom has a plethora of experience in the field, even filming his own Comedy Central special back before he was on AGT. Samuel wasn’t as big before his season, but has been having lots of success in the few short months since it ended. And the good news for them is that Howie Mandel is the judge in charge of tonight’s Golden Buzzer, and he’s the only one who’s ever used in on a comedian before. (Seeing as he’s one himself, it makes sense he would be the most apt to.)
Catch all 10 of these acts on America’s Got Talent: The Champions tonight at 8/7 c on NBC!