'America's Got Talent' Semifinals 2 Recap: Singers Dominate the Stage


'America's Got Talent' Semifinals 2 Recap: Singers Dominate the Stage


From mesmerizing voice of deaf singer Mandy Harvey to neon-lit performance of Light Balance, Tuesday, September 12 episode of the show offered hopefuls' epic performances.
The remaining 11 semifinalists of "America's Got Talent" performed their best in Tuesday, September 12 episode to make sure America voted them as one of the five finalists announced in next episode. The five acts would join the previously announced five finalists, Chase Goehring, Evie Clair, Darci Lynne, Preacher Lawson and Sarah & Hero.

Kicking off that night's performances was Celine Tam. The 9-year-old singer belted out a beautiful rendition of Auli'i Cravalho's "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's "Moana". "I think you are a shining, bright star. You sang crystal clear and pitch perfect. On top of it, you are so cute," judge Heidi Klum said of the performance. Melanie Brown a.k.a. Mel B, however, disagreed. While noting that Celine's voice was "outstanding," the former Spice Girls member added, "I don't think the song showcased your voice. I know you can go lower and higher."



Colin Cloud later hit the stage. For that night's performance, the mind reader, who correctly guessed password of Howie Mandel's iPhone, offered a mind-blowing trick involving American viewers which he prepared an entire week without their knowledge. Colin added more levity and action to his performance without making it less complicated, and judges loved it. "This is absolutely mind blowing. You predicted this for over a week. This is absolutely insane," Mel said.



Next up was Christian Guardino, who performed Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". After narrowly winning his Dunkin' Save, Christian made sure that his performance would make America vote him without hesitation. "That's my Golden Buzzer! You're going on. America needs you," Howie told his pick. Mel added, "That is how you kill it on 'AGT'!"



Following Christian was In the Stairwell. The a cappella group consisting of men of the U.S. Air Force Academy serenaded the audience with their rendition of Ed Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill". "Thank you for your service. As a group, you sing so well together. You practice so hard. You deserve to be here. You sound so incredible. Well done. I hope America votes for you," Mel gushed.



Merrick Hanna returned with another spectacular performance. Backed with "iRobot" by Jon Bellion, the 12-year-old showed off his killer dancing skills. "Hearing your story about not being able to communicate with other kids and now to see you showing expression is an amazing journey," Howie complimented Merrick.



Deaf singer Mandy Harvey sang an emotional song she wrote called "Release Me". Donning a navy mini dress, Mandy successfully mesmerized the judges and the audience with her voice. "The vocal, the song, the delivery, the performance is about as good as I have seen on one of these shows. It was breathtaking. It reminds me of the first time I saw Adele. I thought, 'This girl is going to be a star,' " said Simon.



Next up was Pompeyo Family Dogs, the judges' Wild Card. The family, along with their adorable dogs, performed some tricks on the canine winter wonderland-set stage. Mel said, "It was messy but your dogs are just adorable. You all look happy and your dogs look happy." Howie seemingly wasn't quite impressed as he pointed out, "It was chaotic."



Dance troupe Diavolo offered a one-of-a-kind performance to "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles. The stunning group of dancers flaunted their talent by dancing through a cut open cube that opened up into pyramids. "You guys came to win. This is a $1 million act. Every time we see you, you come with a new concept, new props, new choreography. My eyes are all over the place because I don't want to miss anything," Heidi exclaimed.



Kechi followed the performance by singing Frances' "Don't Worry About Me". Her emotional yet powerful voice succeeded to make all attention go to her performance. "I want to hug you and hold you. I am speechless. I don’t have words," said Heidi to the plane crash survivor.



The penultimate act of the night was Light Balance, who took the stage to deliver a neon-lit performance. Their performance that night went perfectly as opposed to last week, when they had technical problems. "I don't know what is happening tonight. This is one of the best shows. My congratulations. It was stunning," Simon told the Ukrainian dance crew.



Angelica Hale delivered the final performance that night. Singing a killer rendition of David Guetta's "Without You", the 10-year-old flaunted her impressive singing skills. Heidi gushed, "I think you are a phenomenon. You are my personal favorite. I hope America agrees with me."




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