“America’s Got Talent” is back on Tuesday with another round of auditions filled with singers with stories that will make you wipe your tears.
One of those tests came from Wyn Starks, who said he used to work in hospitality at a hotel before he was laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, he’s stepping up to sing to “AGT” judges Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum (not Howie Mandel, who was ill), because fear prevented him “for too long” from achieving his dream.
Starks sang his original song “Who Am I” which he said was one of his favorite songs for his twin brother before his recent death.
“It was really hard,” he said. “He was one of my biggest supporters. Being here means everything to me, and I’m doing it for him.”
Then the Starks set off on a show that practically turned Vergara into a pool of tears. The judge said she knew the pain of losing one of her brothers.
“That was amazing,” she said. “I’m so sorry for your loss.” “I can’t even imagine what it means to lose a twin.”
Coyle noted that he and his fellow judges would meet “the most amazing people on this show”.
“You’re amazing, Wayne,” he said, “and we’ve all seen for obvious reasons how emotional you were.” “That song, it was extraordinary…I think it was a great tribute to your brother.”
Starks received a “yes” from the three judges.
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This wasn’t the only animated lyrical audition.
Vocal coach Ben Waites also made Vergara cry while singing “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper.
“The message of the song is that I feel it is able to speak to people regardless of their age, race or background,” he said. “It is able to convey a message of hope.”
Klum noted that Vergara was “screaming with her eyes” after the song. Coyle added that Vergara “doesn’t cry”.
“I went to other gear at the end of (song),” Coyle continued. “This is just a great audition.”
Akapop! KIDS, the a cappella children’s group, also gave a solid performance while honoring their group member Nolan, who recently passed away at the age of 15.
According to his mother, Nolan had a “wonderful summer’s day” before he was later found dead. His mother said his death was a “sudden, unexplained death”.
And his mother added, “He will be happy that they will sing his song.”
The band sang Nolan’s song “My Dory” to impress the judges.
“Singing a song as a tribute to someone you’ve lost is very difficult,” Coyle told the children. “Very emotional, very respectful. That’s what I call a moment.”
Both Waites and Acapop! KIDS got a “yes” from all the judges, sending them to the next round.
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The binary escape verb explodes (literally)
And in true “AGT” style, the episode featured some great new work.
one binary name Henry and Klaus, he performed an escape routine that made the audience and judges gasp in horror. The duo are friends, but call themselves brothers because their job requires them to be deeply connected to each other.
For their work, they each went to two different barrels glued to the sides. The barrels were suspended in the air, and the duo had to work together, without releasing their hands through a hole in the side of each barrel to open the cuffs with a hairpin.
But that wasn’t all – the pair had 90 seconds before the flame traveled through a rope attached to the barrels, creating a fiery explosion, with both of them inside.
The duo seemed to struggle hard, and only released one trembling hand before the flame caused an explosion. The stage came out with collective eagerness. But where were the brothers?
Suddenly, two stage hands, one holding a camera and the other holding the boom, took off their face masks and revealed themselves as the duo.
“It was amazing,” Vergara said. “This was a nerve-wracking thing. We were all crazy.”
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Klum said she liked the “serious part of it,” and Cowell praised the show’s spirit, which he said was “really, really important.”
They got a “yes” from all the judges, sending them to the next round.
Another great piece of work came from Alex Rivers, who danced while contemporary music was playing on his violin.
He auditioned the day before, but Cowell wanted to see more, and told him to come back with a new song prepared.
Rivers did, jokingly comparing Coyle’s request to “the admiration of one of those toxic relationships you have.”
For his second song, Rivers rocked on violin “New Rules” by Dua Lipa.
Vergara said, “I adore you. I know you’re nervous, but you came in strong. I was glad to be here, and that song was so much better. (Simon) was right.”
“Do you still describe our relationship as toxic?” Coyle joked.
Rivers received a “yes” from the three judges.
Sofia Vergara helps Adam Weinrich make the messy whip
Tuesday’s episode featured work that required the participation of a judge.
Vergara was brought on stage by Adam Weinreich who demonstrated his whip-cracking abilities. He broke the whips on either side of the judge, and made them swing around a roll of toilet paper as he whipped up each individual sheet of the toilet paper roll that had been fired from the toilet paper cannon.
This act got mixed reviews, but eventually got enough votes for the contestant to move on to the next round.
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