St. Cloud singer Mandy Harvey sent the “America’s Got Talent” judges reaching for superlatives on Tuesday’s semifinals.
Harvey, who is deaf, signed as she sang “Release Me,” which she wrote. Simon Cowell called the performance breathtaking and compared her to Adele. Cowell, who created “AGT,” said it was about as good a performance as he had heard on a talent show.
Howie Mandel said Harvey moved listeners with her heart. Mel B called the performance more powerful than Harvey could imagine. Heidi Klum said it was Harvey’s best performance yet.
Host Tyra Banks even praised Harvey’s sexiness.
“I’m just happy I got to express myself,” the humble Harvey said.
The arresting before-performance tape went silent so viewers could understand Harvey’s world.
The results show at 8 p.m. Wednesday on NBC will reveal the five of 11 acts that move on to the finals. Orlando comedian Preacher Lawson will be in the finals next Tuesday, and the winner will be named Sept. 20.
As for the other acts:
Nine-year-old singer Celine Tam sailed through “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana.” Cowell said the song was perfect for her.
Mind reader Colin Cloud astounded the judges by donning a disguise, being near them and predicting three words they would say in a complicated exercise.
Singer Christian Guardino brought too many flourishes and a blunt quality to Marvin Gaye’s subtle “What’s Going On.” But the judges gave him a standing ovation.
In the Stairwell, the Air Force Academy a capella group, sounded a bit off in its harmonies on Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill.” But the judges gave another standing ovation.
Dancer Merrick Hanna went flying in his salute to robots, a routine given extra pizzazz by eye-catching graphics. Mandel praised his amazing journey.
Sarasota’s Pompeyo Family dog act, dressed as penguins and polar bears, looked rather chaotic in a winter wonderland.
The dance act Diavalo also looked chaotic in an overproduced number. But Klum said it was a million-dollar act. (The show's winner collects $1 million.)
Singer Kechi Okwuchi has some pitch problems on “Don’t Worry About Me.” But Mel B was in tears and called her incredible. Cowell said it was Kechi’s best performance so far.
The dance troupe Light Balance delivered the night’s glitziest act, one perfect for Las Vegas. Brilliant, Mel B ruled.
Ten-year-old Angelica Hale, the last of five singers in Tuesday’s show, powered her way through “Without You.” She was trying to be Whitney Houston, so it was odd. Mel B said it wasn’t her best, but Angelica was placed at the show’s end for a reason.
Which acts are going to the finals? I predict Light Balance, Colin Cloud, Celine Tam, Angelica Hale and Mandy Harvey.
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