The next batch of America’s Got Talent hopefuls hit the stage on Tuesday for the second week of Judge Cuts. Singers, comedians, dancers and daredevils put it all on the line to prove they had what it takes to move onto the live shows and to impress the judges even more than they did during the audition rounds.
It was a tough, competitive night, filled with some truly admirable performances, but the panel — including special guest judge DJ Khaled — had to narrowing the playing field down to the seven acts that they felt had the most potential.
After some brutal, tearful eliminations, here’s a look at the seven acts that worked hard and made it through the second night of the Judge Cuts round.
1. Puddles Pity Party
The perpetually sad clown proved he’s got a golden voice with a tune that really played into his persona while still being touching and immediately familiar: Eric Carmen’s 1975 single “All by Myself.”
2. Mirror Image
Twin brothers Colton and Trent Edwards displayed their particular set of skills (although it’s hard to exactly pin down what those are) with a song and dance showcase, covering The Mamas & the Papas classic “California Dreamin'” and then delivering one of their signature dance routines to Sia’s “The Greatest.”
3. Junior and Emily
These brother and sister salsa dancers performed an energetic routine to The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down,” that left the judges all a little disappointed. However, their undeniable skill was enough to earn them passage to the next round of competition.
4. Chase Goehring
This 21-year-old singer-songwriter performed an original tune titled “A cappella,” which showcased his writing talent and his vocal dexterity. While the young singer admitted that he was more nervous than ever, having made it past the audition rounds, you’d never have known it from his masterful performance. Goring hit every note with perfection and showed off his fast-paced lyrical mastery with machine precision. The performance impressed all the judges, but none more than Khaled, who awarded the young star with the coveted Golden Buzzer.
5. Colin Cloud
Cloud, who calls himself the “Real-Life Sherlock Holmes” came back to show off his insane mind-reading skills by guessing of one word judge Mel B was thinking, and proving that he knew it by having audience members stand up holding up the letters of the word on pieces of paper that he had passed out before ever taking the stage. It was a stunning display that easily earned him a spot in the next round.
6. Yoli Mayor
This Miami-based songstress delivered her own version of Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” that left the audience amazed and received a standing ovation from all five judges.
7. Evie Clair
This 13-year-old singer performed a touching cover of Macy Gray’s “I Try,” dedicated to her ailing father who is battling stage-4 colon cancer. While Clair stumbled a bit in the beginning, her emotional dedication to her family and her craft amazed the judges.
The next batch of hopeful performers will face off in another round of Judge Cuts when America’s Got Talent returns next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT on NBC.
Check out the video below for a look at the seven talented performers who made it through after the first night of challenging competition last week.
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