'America's Got Talent' season 14 features everything from a golden buzzer dance, a light show to a life-threatening act in the Judge Cuts
This week the guest judge who joined the judges' panel along with Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Julianne Hough, and Gabrielle Union was none other than former NBA player Dwayne Wade
'America's Got Talent' season 14 is officially getting closer to the live shows, and we can't help but wait with anticipation and excitement to see which act goes all the way.
The series returned to our screens on Tuesday, July 23, night with a brand new episode of Judge Cuts. This week the guest judge who joined the judges' panel along with Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Julianne Hough, and Gabrielle Union was none other than former NBA player Dwayne Wade. Wade is not just a retired NBA player but also Union's husband.
Before the episode, in a sneak peek, Wade revealed that he would probably be a nice and funny judge, and the athlete stuck to his words. Just like last week, 18 acts who made it through the audition round were called back to perform for the judges again. Out of the 18 acts, only seven will make it through to the live shows. One among the seven will also be the Golden Buzzer winner who Wade chooses.
Though the seven acts that went through to the live shows were each impeccable in their own way, there were a few that stood out more. Here's a rundown of the acts that impressed the judges:
V. Unbeatable is an astonishing dance/acrobat crew from Mumbai, India. They wowed the judges and audience during the audition rounds and returned with a whole new exciting act. Before they could start performing, they explained that the act was dedicated to a friend named Vikas, a passionate dancer who died following an accident during a dance. Performing for the judges, their act was in perfect union as they formed human pyramids and threw one another into the air. Their flying stunts were uber dangerous but they managed to pull it off in perfect sync.
After their performance, Cowell shared that he has the best job in the world and they remind him why. Wade said that his heart was beating so fast like never before and slammed the Golden Buzzer for the crew. They made it directly to the live shows and Wade couldn't have made a more perfect decision.
The Bir Khalsa act was revealed prior to the episode in a sneak peek. The dangerous routine made its way into the top performances this week because of their dangerous stunts and fearless efforts. Just like their first audition, this act also included a massive sledgehammer. First, one of the performers balances himself on top of a massive sharp spear and ends up unharmed. Then a huge block of ice is placed on the tall man's body and hit was a sledgehammer causing the ice to break. He then opens his costume and is hit with a sledgehammer on his bare chest. These stunts are very dangerous and cannot be tried at home. Their final stunt was when he used a baseball bat to crack coconuts on another man's head. With a lot going on it was no surprise that the trio made it all the way to the live shows.
Light painter Alex Dowis
It is not easy to impress Cowell, and by now every contestant who appears on the show knows that. After getting a second chance to prove himself to Cowell in his auditions, Alex Dowis painted a portrait of President John F Kennedy and recreated the beauty of the moon landing using just light in this round. After his performance, Cowell gave Dowis a standing ovation and argued that he criticized him the first time so he would work harder and it definitely paid off.
Apart from these three acts, the other four acts that made it to the live shows were magician Dom Chambers, Blind singer Robert Finley, girl group G-Force and comedian Ryan Niemiller. We can't wait to see the acts that perform next week and move on to the live shows.
'America's Got Talent' season 14 airs every Tuesday night on NBC. Check your local listings for more information.