'America's Got Talent' Season 17: Fans root for comedian Aiko Tanaka as she 'slays it'

'America's Got Talent' Season 17: Fans root for comedian Aiko Tanaka as she 'slays it'
Aiko Tanaka in 'AGT' Season 17 (Instagram/aikocomedy)

The tryouts for 'America's Got Talent' Season 17 resume on June 7, with judges Sofia Vergara, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell sending in their favorite performances. Aiko Tanaka's performance had the judges clutching their stomachs with laughter.

In the most recent episode of 'AGT' Season 17, 15 variety performances involving participants of all ages sought to win the "Golden Buzzer," which would send them directly to the Live Shows. If not, they are trying to go to the Judges' Choice round. Aiko is a comedian from Los Angeles and was born in Tokyo. As per her IMDB, she has acted in the films like 'Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift,' 'Howard Stern Show,' and Comedy Central's 'Stand-up Asia Live!' special.


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Aiko Tanaka takes the stage with her eccentric personality and introduces herself in one of her opening routines. She identifies herself as an immigrant from Japan and "loves her job as a translator during the day" since she could make a mistake at work and no one would notice. Of course, she is not a real translator and had made it all up for the sake of the performance, but she did manage to translate each of her immigrant jokes into a laughter riot. Her performance was warmly received by both the judges and the live audience. Sofia describes her performance as "funny," adding that she thoroughly enjoyed it.

Howie agrees with Sofia and inquires about Aiko's emotional reaction at the end of her performance. Aiko says that she struggles with insecurity and that the only person she thinks believed in her was her mother, who died last year during the pandemic. As she discloses that she has been on the comedy circuit for some time, Howie promises her that her career is about to "skyrocket." Heidi, too, found her act humorous and admits to having a great time. Simon, on the other hand, calls her act "funny" and "naughty." He adds that she had the judges enthralled from the moment she went out on stage.

Simon reminds her that the biggest sign of a comedian's success is the crowd, and the people in the studio seemed to like Aiko's performance. He also appreciated Aiko's reaction to the audience, which showed how much it meant to her. However, reactions were not limited to just the studio, viewers praised Aiko's performance on social media as well. As she manages to bag "four yesses" from the judges, the fifth one came from the fans on social media. One of them wrote on Twitter: "@aikotanaka You are awesome!!! I loved your AGT performance! 5th YES! #AGT #Aiko"


Like her performance, viewers seemed to have enjoy the comedian's persoanlity as well, as they wrote: "Aiko is funny, has a ton of personality, AND she's beautiful! She can go far on #AGT and in life." Her debut performance on the 'AGT' stage turned a fan of the show into a fan of the comedian. They took to Twitter to share: "Aiko I’m now a fan u slayed it tonight genuinely funny adorbs #agt". Another fan tweeted that they will be rooting for Aiko hereon: "Aiko is really funny. She made me smile at times. I’ll be rooting for her. #AGT #AGTAuditions".




NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 17 airs on Tuesdays at 8 pm. Viewers without cable may watch the episode on any of the following streaming services: Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV, or YouTube TV.

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