AceShowbiz - "America's Got Talent" returned with a new episode on Tuesday, July 30, and this time it featured Ellie Kemper joining Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel as a guest judge. That night, 18 acts performed in front of the judges, hoping to be among the 7 performers to be sent to the live show at the Dolby Theater.
The first act to take the stage was Greg Morton, a 60-year-old comedian. For his performance that night, Greg talked about his favorite movie moments while reenacting dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park", "ET", "Back To The Future" and "Batman" among others. Both the judges and audience loved his performance.
Following it up was background singer Carmen Carter, who blew everyone's mind with her soulful rendition of The Beatles' "Come Together". Later, illusionist Nicholas Wallace asked host Terry Crews to help him with his performance. However, the judges were unimpressed and even bored. Also failing to impress the judges were Lukas and Falco.
Tambourine player Master Gonzo returned with another performance which successfully entertained the judges. Gabrielle even joked that she missed his nakedness. Up next was female dance group Revolution. They earned a praise from Simon, who said that their peformance was a step up from the one they did during their audition.
Polish guitarist Marcin Patrzalek continued to showcase his skill. "You did not disappoint young man! Way to go!" Gabrielle raved. Simon also loved it, calling Marcin one of "the best musicians he's ever heard."
Ansley Burns then hit the stage to sing "Good Girl" by Carrie Underwood. Once again, Simon stopped her midway her performance and asked her to remove the backtrack. When Ansley sang a capella, she definitely killed it.
The next performer was Light Balance Kids, who was the young version of AGT finalist Light Balance. They offered a cool performance which involved complicated lighting techniques. Ellie totally loved it, saying, "I want more!" With that, she hit her Golden Buzzer for the Ukrainian troupe.
Stephanie's Child then performed "Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato, but later changed it to "Confident" following a banter with Simon. It was a spectacular performance, but Simon didn't seem to think that was enough so he gave them his X buzzer. However, the other judges begged to differ. Nick and Lindsay followed it up with another operatic yet dangerous act. This time, Lindsay played the violin and Nick sang opera while putting razors down his throat. Later, Nick was seen lying on a bed with a cinderblock on his stomach. Meanwhile, blindfolded Lindsay lit a hammer on fire and broke the block in half.
Edson and Leon were also back that night while dressing up as characters from "Up". It was an epic performance with Simon gushing, "This is what 'America's Got Talent' is all about!" As for rat handler Melissa Arleth, she started her performance with a little bit struggle. However, she managed to deliver an interesting performance.
Concluding the night was singer MacKenzie. The 31-year-old put out an amazing performance while singing a soulful, chill-worthy performance of "Faithfully" by Journey. Further emphasizing his stunning vocals, he ended his set with a highnote. Unsurprisingly, everyone was on their feet at the end of MacKenzie's performance. Simon told him that he was "the best singer they've had tonight!"
Now, it was time to announce the acts who would move to the next round. Joining Light Balance Kids were comedian Greg Morton, guitarist Marcin Patrzalek, singers MacKenzie and Carmen Carter, operatic knife throwers Nick and Lindsay and Master Gonzo.