'America's Got Talent' season 14: From a Golden Buzzer act to dangerous stunts, here are the top performers from the Judge Cuts

'America's Got Talent' season 14: From a Golden Buzzer act to dangerous stunts, here are the top performers from the Judge Cuts

After six weeks of auditions, 'America's Got Talent' season 14 returned on NBC with the Judge Cuts. 

Having a slew of contestants who moved on to the next round from the auditions, the judges have their work cut out for them, as they whittle down the contestants to around 36. To help the judges out with the decision, each week the series will feature a guest judge. The guest judges who will be appearing on the series are Brad Paisley, Dwyane Wade, Ellie Kemper, and Jay Leno. 

This week on Tuesday (16th July) the guest judge who made an appearance on the show was none other than country legend Brad Paisley. The episode featured 18 contestants who had one last chance to perform for the judges, hoping to make the cuts. Out of the 18 that performed, only seven advanced to the next round, and one among them was extra special, and hand-picked by Paisley himself for the Golden Buzzer. 

While the seven best contestants moved on to the live shows, there were a few who stood out amongst them as frontrunners of the season because of their impeccable performances. Here is a list of those contestants whose performances stunned the judges. 


Sophie Pecora

Sophie Pecora is nothing less than a songwriting machine, and her parents shared that tidbit during a preview clip before her performance. They said after she had received those positive comments from the judges during her audition, she went back home and wrote five more songs. Sharing that this is one among the most personal songs she's written, she started singing in a folk tune, before flowing into her rap. Pecora and her style are original, and unlike anything, we've seen before in this season. After her emotional performance, 15-year-old Pecora got a standing ovation from the judges who were stunned by her voice, her maturity, and her performance. She also got a heartfelt message from Simon, who tolf her not to worry about the people who hurt and bullied her anymore. Paisley who was amazed at her performance, pushed his Golden Buzzer for Pecora which made her the first contestant to get a direct entry to the live shows this week. 

Sophie Pecora won Brad Paisley's Golden Buzzer. (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)


Lukas and Falco

Lukas and Falco, a dog act first auditioned for AGT, hoped to charm their way into the judges' hearts and they did. Performing again for the judges, hoping to make the cut, Lukas dressed up as a ringmaster and put on a show for the judges. With 'This Is Me' from 'The Greatest Showman' playing in the background, Falco shows off a number of tricks that included some impressive one. Lukas also showed off a few of his own stunts like juggling on top of a large rubber ball, that left the judges blown. Having become one of Simon's favorites, Lukas and Falco also made their way into the live shows.

Lukas and Falco had hearts melting during their performance. (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

Ndlovu Youth Choir

Ndlovu Youth Choir won our hearts during their audition. With their powerful voices and ranges, they sang and performed their own choreography to Shakira's 'Waka Waka (This Time For Africa).It was nothing less than beautiful and they made it seem so effortless. Their performance brought excitement to the stage and made everyone want to dance in their seats. Simon revealed that he loves to see them perform, and if he could bottle what they perform and project, he would drink it daily. They were also one among the seven who made the cut to the live shows. 


Performing 'Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) they stunned the judges with their singing and choreography (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

Messoudi Brothers

The Messoudi Brothers underwent a great deal to make it to their performance after they lost their luggage at the airport and despite having gone hungry, they made their way to the Dolby Theatre to make it in time for the audition. Not having proper outfits, they borrowed it from the costume department. Showcasing their incredible balancing and strength skills, their performance had the judges and audience sitting at the edge of their seats. While the audience went wild for them, so did we. After their performance, they brought their retired dad on stage and the four of them together pulled off another amazing stunt that was really dangerous. 

The Messoudi Brother, underwent a great deal to make it to the Judge Cuts and it paid off. (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)


The other acts that passed the Judge Cuts and move on to the live shows are Emerald Belles, the high-kicking girl group, Berywam, the beatboxing quartet, and Chris Klafford, the Swedish singer. 

'America's Got Talent' season 14 airs every Tuesday night on NBC. Check your local listings for more information. 

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