America’s Got Talent 10 – Live Blog and Recap – Judge Cuts 3 (VIDEO)
America’s Got Talent 10 is back for “Judge Cuts 3,” as judges Howard Stern, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and host Nick Cannon continue the search for the million dollar act from among those who’ve survived auditions.
But they won’t be judging alone, as they’ll be joined by guest judge Marlon Wayans! And he has his own Golden Buzzer to send one lucky act straight through to the live shows at Radio City Music Hall!
Will the winner be among tonight’s auditioners? Which acts will advance to the next round, and which acts will fall short? America’s Got Talent Season 10 rages on!
Keep it locked right here as I’ll be updating with commentary and videos as the night rolls on!
Let’s get this show on the road!
-We get the usual intros from the judges, and thank goodness this lasted as long as it did, because it gave me a chance to finish my dinner. Marlon Wayans is here, and he hits his Golden Buzzer to show how it works, and I guess the production learned from Neil Patrick Harris not to load the confetti until the night’s performances actually start, because nothing fell this time. I’m excited for tonight. A lot of good acts are performing. On that note, we have…
-The guys talk about being recognized everywhere after their audition, which one of them even admitting he got phone numbers out of the whole thing (to the surprise of his two bandmates). They put out a warning to One Direction, and while I don’t actually expect them to fill the void, they ARE an incredibly talented vocal trio, so I’m excited to see them back here. I was worried they’d get montaged.
-They perform “Problem” by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, and this is SO GOOD, YOU GUYS. Seriously, I was floored, from the harmonies, to the solos, to the rapping, I was just stunned. These guys are neck-and-neck with Vox for my favorite vocal group in this competition.
-Mel B says it started out tricky, but everything came together at the end. Marlon couldn’t believe three nerdy white guys came out singing like “soulful brothers”. In short, he was impressed. Howard too, although Howard notes guys who look like them usually come in last. He gets booed before they let him finish his critique, with Marlon defending them by saying Boyz II Men looked like frogs. Howard finishes his critique by saying he was on the radio for a reason, namely that he didn’t have looks for TV. He thinks the boys are good, but he mentions to his fellow judges that they’re likely to be forgotten, as they’re probably being carried by the good-looking lead singer. I don’t know how that works, since we’re not in the voting rounds yet, but I guess we’ll see. If it were up to me, they’d go through. I also liked the moment where the boys stick up for themselves by saying they’ve gotten girls out of this. It was just a shade below smugness, but I thought it showed a bit more of their personality, in a good way.
-Back from break with acts backstage preparing and vowing not to go down without a fight. HONOR ROLL SKATE CREW does a dance routine on roller skates, set to “Uptown Funk”. It’s really impressive, and gets a great review from Howard, although I’m having trouble remembering if any montaged act has been one of the seven acts to go through in these past two weeks. EVOKE TAP MOVEMENT is next, and they also get good reviews from both Howard and Marlon. Backstage, we see THE SQUAD rehearse, and one dancer practices a big flip off the wall but ends up landing flat on his back, hurting his ankle in the process. That fall looked BRUTAL. But they’re able to put it together, and get the best reviews of all the dance acts so far, with Mel B going as far as to say she’s going to fight for them to go through.
-Up next is an act that has Pretty Big Movement worried backstage…
-The guys recount dancing in the streets with their boombox blasting tunes. They say they’re excited to bring their talent to the United States, since the U.S. appreciates their style of dancing. More than anything, they want their own show in Las Vegas. They’re all dress in shiny red, sequin suits, with fake facial hair painted on. To what end, I don’t know. Heidi asks what they have planned for this round, and one of the guys says to just watch them, then they can talk after.
-They pose onstage with instruments like dancers in a music box as a remix of The Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” plays. Then they come to life, and start making these movements that look simple, in the sense that they don’t have to run around or take up all of the space onstage. But I would imagine they’re simply making this look far less difficult than it actually is, because I can’t imagine making my body pop and lock like that. This is a tremendous act, and I’d love to see them go through.
-Heidi likes Animation Crew because they really stand out. Howard says they’re so entertaining, but they break character sometimes, which can make the act confusing. Marlon thought the pop-locking was on point, while Mel B says they’ve taken something and made it original. Howie says dance is a tough category, but says he feels Animation Crew is going to stand out. But they’re not the only dance act tonight, so Howie basically says we’ll have to wait and see.
OLEKSIY MOGYLNYY (“DOLLS LOVE”)
-Oleksiy is back with his headless mannequin partner, and if he weren’t incredibly talented, this would be super weird. Hell, it still might be. He reiterates his background story and how peculiar everyone thinks he is. Then, once onstage, he reveals that the mannequin is once again wearing one of his wife’s dresses…which he rented from her. Cute.
-Oleksiy performs his routine to “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, and I can’t say it’s markedly different from his first act. He’s a talented hand balancer, but I don’t know that I’d pay money to see it. He’s good at what he does, but I’m not sure this is a million dollar act.
-Howard thinks Oleksiy is talented, but feels the doll makes this act incredibly weird. Heidi agrees with Howard, feeling the doll is so awkward that it almost takes away from waht Oleksiy does. Marlon is just as weirded out, although Mel B thought it was funny. Howie thinks his wife is probably wondering where all her dresses went. Howard isn’t sure what will happen to Oleksiy after deliberations, but he wants Oleksiy to know he’s an amazing athlete.
-In a funny segment, Howie, Marlon and Heidi take turns backstage balancing on Oleksiy’s doll, despite rules against “fraternizing with contestants”. Cute.
-Johnny recounts his story, and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to make it through this without getting choked up. He talks about how his son passed away from cancer, but not without fighting bravely. Johnny’s dad notes how hard he took it, but Johnny says his son ultimately helped him becoming a better man, teaching him that you have to live every day like it’s your last. He knows his son is watching over him, and he has faith. Onstage, Howard asks if Johnny can make an emotional connection with this song like he did with his audition, and Johnny states he’s going to give his heart and soul to this song.
-Johnny decides to forego an original song in favor of a cover. He picks “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert, and it’s actually better than his audition. More so than his original song, this helps show off just what a talented vocalist Johnny is. This was beautifully understated, without a single fault in the vocal. I absolutely loved it. Whereas the first song showed his talent as a songwriter, this showed his ability as a singer and a storyteller.
-Howard called it a beautiful audition, praising him for his ability to connect with a song, and Heidi agrees. Marlon says Johnny made him think of his own upbringing, and loves that he can make them feel that. Mel B, however, says she felt a massive disconnect between the song and the emotion. She says he’s going to watch this back and notice, but the crowd is already on her case for calling him pitchy. Howie says he never hears pitch, he hears Johnny’s soul, and that’s what matters to him. Johnny fights back tears at the positive reaction from the crowd as Johnny’s father wipes away tears in the audience. Backstage, Howard says he has to take a look at everyone, but he feels there’s a good chance Johnny could go through. Meanwhile, Johnny and his father share a tearful hug backstage. I really hope Johnny goes through.
-Back from break with DANA DANIELS, a comedic magician who has a cute act with his bird Luigi, but it’s not very dynamic. Howard even says he felt like he was at a kid’s birthday party.
-Paul, the comedy ventriloquist, talks about falling in love with The Muppets as a kid, and getting the gift of a ventriloquist dummy. From there, he spent years perfecting his craft. He recalls the terrific audition he had the first time, and states that if you can make it on America’s Got Talent, you can make it anywhere.
-Onstage, he brings out a carrier with a “sleeping baby”. How he’s mimicking the baby cries, I’ll never know. He then takes the baby out of the carrier and tells him the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but the baby starts making demands on the story, such as changing the wolf to a duck. It’s a wonderful act, and the voice work is particularly impressive, although it’s super short. I wish it were longer, actually.
-Howie thinks Paul is a really strong family act, while Mel B tries to ask what other characters Paul has, which Howie turns into a double entendre about Mel B wanting to see Paul’s “puppet”. Heidi says Paul’s material is quite clever, and he really makes them believe two people are on the stage. Howard says he felt like he was watching a great cartoon. He calls Paul a “main contender”, since no one else has the same talent Paul has. Marlon says he loves comedy and he loves Paul, so…
MARLON WAYANS HITS HIS GOLDEN BUZZER FOR PAUL ZERDIN!
PAUL ZERDIN ADVANCES STRAIGHT TO RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL!
-I liked Paul a lot, so I don’t have a problem with this, although — much like with Michael Bublé last week — I think he’s going to wish he held onto it a little while longer.
-Oz talks about his mentalist abilities, which he can’t describe beyond simply saying it’s “an intuition”. In particular, he recounts the story of growing up believing he had a twin. And he did, but his twin died due to complications. Ultimately, Otis says there’s no such thing as a surefire mentalist. He CAN get this wrong, and that possibility scares him.
-He comes out with a notebook filled with the names of sixty different female celebrities. He has Heidi read all the names, then he gives it to Howard to throw away. He then does the same thing with Mel B and Marlon, except the notebook has male celebrity names. He has Howie look away during all of this, then has him throw away the notebook. He has Howie think of the name of a movie star, and then think of the name of a movie he was in. Oz correctly deduces that he was thinking of Tom Cruise in Top Gun. He then tells Howard to think of a female celebrity name. Oz then cuts a shape into a piece of paper and tells Howard to reveal the celebrity he’s thinking of: it’s Oprah Winfrey, and Oz’s cutting is OPRAH WINFREY! Incredible!
-Howie is astonished, and Marlon’s mind is blown. Heidi declares she’s speechless, calling Oz’s act insane. Howard says Oz is not only talented but likable, stating Oz just did everything he could do to advance to the next round. I absolutely agree. I have no idea how he pulled that off, but it was incredible.
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-Back from break, as Marlon has fallen asleep, so the judges use the buzzer to wake him. We follow this up with a montage: BRITTNEY ALLEN performs “Too Close” by Alex Clare, and Howard doesn’t think she’s ready yet. Hula Hoop performer PAUL “THAT HULA HOOP GUY” BLAIR gets buzzed out of the competition with four Xs following a performance that, honestly, didn’t look that bad. But I guess we needed the full context.
PRETTY BIG MOVEMENT
-The girls talk about forming the group because no other dance groups would give them a shot. They talk about doing us for the little girl who’s a little big and doesn’t have confidence. They want to show that girl that her size doesn’t matter, and that she can do anything she sets her mind toward accomplishing.
-They perform to “Bang Bang” by Nicki Minaj, Jessie J and Ariana Grande, and it’s good, although not as much as their first performance. I think the choreography is less ambitious, same with the story they’re telling this time. Howard doesn’t like it, so he hits his X. They’re clearly very talented, but there’s a lot of competition in the dance category, so I’m not sure I blame him. That said, personally, I don’t think that act came anywhere near deserving an X.
-Howard doesn’t think they brought enough to compete with the other amazing dancers in the competition, and asks if they really expect that was going to get them through. Heidi agrees and calls it boring. Marlon sticks up for them and says he liked it, while Howie says there needs to be more to their act than their size. Mel B joins Marlon in sticking up for the girls, saying she’s going to fight to put them through, since they deserve to be seen by more people. Nick tries to comfort the lead dancer backstage, and she tries to keep it together. But she breaks down backstage, saying people just don’t get plus-sized dancers. I get her frustration, but I don’t think that was the problem, honestly. Still, I don’t think their performance deserved an X.
-Back from break with rocker STACEY KAY, who blows the roof of the joint. So much so that Mel B says she’d be scared if she were one of the acts backstage. I wish we could have gotten the full performance there.
MOUNTAIN FAITH BAND
-Lead singer Summer talks about how her mother convinced her to form the band and to audition for AGT. She also gushes about getting to perform with her father tonight, as he’s the greatest man she’s ever known. Summer’s mom struggles to fight back tears when talking about how proud she is of the band. So cute.
-They perform a bluegrass version of “I Believe In a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness, and it’s a pretty genius arrangement, turning it into a bright little song that basically exudes sunshine. I liked their first audition, but I LOVED this one. I honestly didn’t think they’d end up being a threat when I saw them on the roster tonight, but I think there’s a serious chance they get through, after that. If nothing else, they’re in the conversation.
-Mel B asks Summer why she was crying at the end, and Summer says it’s because this is her dream. Mel assures the group that they’re really, really good at what they do. Marlon loved it, and said he enjoyed himself. Howard does a lot of silly, patronizing country voices before getting to his point: while really talented, he’s not sure Mountain Faith Band is contemporary enough to make it. Howie says they’re not here to judge the music, they’re here to judge the talent, and he thinks they deserve to be here.
-Back from break, with Howie asking Marlon why he can’t commit to a woman. Marlon hates their attempts to pull him into the misery of marriage. Funny stuff.
-Randy is back, and he states that the chance to sing at Radio City Music Hall is unbelievable to him. Seriously, that’s all the introduction he gets outside of a long look at his legs, in an attempt to trick us (and the judges) into thinking Randy is a woman. To be fair, he has great legs.
-Randy sings “The Lady Is a Tramp”, and while it’s unspectacular, Randy DOES have a voice on him. I dug it.
-Howard wasn’t feeling it, claiming he thinks he saw Randy’s “package” onstage. Marlon, however, sticks up for Randy, recalling his experience dressing up as a woman for White Chicks. He says he loves everything about Randy, including the dress and the heels. I wouldn’t mind Marlon getting a permanent gig out of this, honestly, especially now that Howard is leaving.
-Vita talks about wanting to do this all her life, and pestering her mother about it. Aaaand yeah, we’re really rushing through the introductions now.
-Vita does her contortionist routine, and yeah, my mind is still blown. How she can get her body to twist like that, with her hips looking like they’re about to turn 180 degrees, is beyond me. The way she flexes her legs, it’s any wonder she isn’t breaking anything. My favorite part is the stunned, vaguely horny looks from two mind-blown men in the crowd. Nick Cannon, backstage: “THAT’S talent!”
-Howie says it’s not just contortion, but it’s hand balancing and acrobatics, so Vita had to do a lot to make that act work, which is why he was impressed. Marlon says he loved it, and Heidi adds that Vita didn’t just have the boys captivated, but the girls as well. Howard says Vita is so strong and so sensuous and so remarkable at what she does that she’s captivating. He says she’s what America’s Got Talent is all about. “I’ve never seen strength like that!” he raves.
-Back from break with some youth talents that are insanely impressive. Martial artist HALEY “BULLETPROOF” GLASS is as cool here as she was in her audition, with Marlon calling it “The best thing I ever saw!” Meanwhile, CAILYN MATHIS blows the judges away with her ballet skills. Seeing her embrace her mom backstage is particularly touching.
-Benton talks about being a stay-at-home dad, and how that ultimately means doing whatever his son wants to do. His wife says he’s sacrificed a lot for them, and he keeps fighting at times where other people would have given up. Benton adds that he’s doing this to make his son proud of his daddy. Once onstage, Howard asks Benton what the feeling is like backstage among other contestants, and he says they’re all nervous. However, this audition is the most important gig of his life, adding that his son will get to see him perform live for the first time, as his family is here in the audience. Howard wishes him luck, and off we go…
-Benton sings “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, and it takes on the quality of a dirge. It’s much darker than the original, and haunting in a way that evokes a lonely singer in the world’s loneliest country bar. I loved it, although I think there are better singers this season. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if this got him through.
-Howard was surprised by the audition, but he loved it. Heidi says his singing voice is rough around the edges, and she likes it. Marlon says if Benton’s version was on the radio, he’d buy it. Mel B liked it at first, but found herself wondering, by the end of it, if that would be enough to get him through. Howie believes so, saying Benton performed at exactly the level he needed to. However, once Benton heads backstage, Howie frets over the number of quality musical acts remaining in the competition.
-Paul Zerdin has already gone through thanks to Marlon’s golden buzzer, so we’re looking for six acts. Howard and Mel B get into a pretty intense argument backstage, but the judges ultimately come to an agreement on six acts.
The first act going through to Radio City Music Hall is…OZ PEARLMAN!
The second act going through to Radio City Music Hall is…VITA RADIONOVA!
The third act going through to Radio City Music Hall is…MOUNTAIN FAITH BAND!
The fourth act going through to Radio City Music Hall is…TRIPLE THREAT!
The fifth act going through to Radio City Music Hall is…ANIMATION CREW!
The sixth and final act going through to Radio City Music Hall is…BENTON BLOUNT!
-So the seven acts going through to Radio City Music Hall are…
Paul Zerdin (Marlon’s Golden Buzzer pick!)
Mountain Faith Band
-I thought this would have been the perfect seven, but I think the judges made a major mistake in not putting Johnny Shelton through. Whether he should have or not, I think Johnny probably would have won this season in a walk, Kevin Skinner style. But then you’d have to bounce someone from this lineup of seven, and I’m not sure who I’d take out. So I guess it just wasn’t meant to be, at least for this season. At the very least, Johnny had a very good attitude about his elimination, saying how blessed he was to have this opportunity. I hope this isn’t the last we hear of him.
-That’s a wrap! What did you think of tonight’s show? Did the judges make the right choices? Was Marlon Wayans right to give Paul Zerdin the Golden Buzzer? Sound off in the comments!
And be sure to join us for next week’s show as Piers Morgan returns for the final Judge Cuts of Season 10!
Until next week, thanks for reading!