America’s Got Talent recap: Judge Cut 2 | – Entertainment Weekly

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It’s the second week of judge cuts on America’s Got Talent. Once again, 20 acts will take the stage, with the hope that his or her performance will be entertaining enough to score one of seven tickets to Radio City Music Hall. At the end of the day, some of the early favorites failed miserably, while unknown performers claimed an opportunity to shine.

And we can’t forget the golden buzzer. Its power tempts celebrity judge Michel Bublé with each new act. Well, except that time he started speaking Spanish to a Colombian mother in the audience, but that’s beside the point. Who did he advance? Which contestant choked? How fly did Nick look in his shiny purple suit? We’ve got all the answers here…

Aiden Sinclair
Why you remember him: Learned card tricks while serving five years in prison
Aiden was extremely entertaining. He tossed a deck of cards to the judges and asked each one to look at a card from the deck and memorize it. Then he correctly guessed all five cards in five seconds. It was short and to the point. This is exactly what a magician’s act needs to be and he delivered. Minds = blown.

Jenna Renae
Why you remember her: You don’t. Her first audition was not televised.
Jenna is a mellow singer who auditioned with a breathy version of Elvis’ “I Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Howard warned her that she needed to own the stage. Heidi commented that she put zero thought into her outfit. I considered both a kiss of death. Spoiler: I was right.

Shirley Claire
Why you remember her: 87-year-old former Hollywood showgirl
Shirley considers herself a “seasoned citizen.” She’s on the prowl for husband number five. I think she may have her eye on Nick. She sings a delightful version of “The Best Is Yet To Come.” Will people pay money to sit through an entire night of delightful? Probably not. Will people pay to watch her flirt inappropriately with young men? I’m sure some would. Work it Shirley.

Daniella Mass
Why you remember her: Colombian girl who moved to America to follow her dreams
Daniella takes the stage with an equal amount of nerves and confidence. She’s flat out charming. But when she opens her mouth to belt out “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” in both Spanish and English, jaws begin to drop. The crowd goes nuts when she hits an Eva Peron pose at the end. The judges love her. And Bublé shares the enthusiasm with her mom in the audience. Show off. PS: I love you Bublé!

Why you remember him: He’s a puppet who loves Mel B.
Ira’s puppet mother joins him on stage this round. Even though she’s ticked at Mel B. for “kissing and dissing” her little boy last time, she’s calm down enough to play bass guitar for her son during his audition. Even if we suspend reality for a brief moment, it’s still a touch creepy that Ira sang “Let’s Get It On” with his mom right there. With that said, the polyester duo makes me smile. Go for it with Mel B! Get it on!

Why you remember him: He is legally blind
Benjamin performs an inspirational contemporary routine. He managed to incorporate gymnastics and roughly 45 thousand pirouettes. The fact that he can maintain his balance is astonishing. I’m not sure it’s a winning act though.

Uzeyer Novruzov
Circus Performer
Why you remember him: Crazy ladder guy
Give Uzeyer a ladder and he can do anything with it. Seriously. In fact, he can place another ladder on top of that ladder, climb all the way to the top, and balance without blinking an eye. There’s no mat. Just Uze and his ladder. He’s incredible. The best part of the entire act was when he invited Michael Bublé up to the stage to try balancing and Mel B. whipped out her phone to capture the fall so she could post it to YouTube. Never fear. Michael didn’t not fall. Instead of climbing, he twerked. I personally think it was still YouTube worthy. I’d watch it.

The Craig Lewis Band
Why you remember them: Slayed “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” in week one
What I love about The Craig Lewis Band is that these two best friends are completely normal and maybe borderline goofy guys on the outside. But if you hand them a microphone, they transform into soul singers. Their rendition of “I’m Goin’ Down” resulted in a “woo hoo” from Bublé. He even told them that he was tempted to hit his golden buzzer, but he didn’t think they needed help to get to the next round. Everyone loves a tease, Michael! He finally hit his buzzer after tons of encouragement from the audience. The duo cried tears of joy. I can’t say the same for the contestants in the waiting room. Only six spots left.

NEXT: Choking hazard

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