America’s Got Talent (AGT) features dancers, singers, musicians, acrobats, magicians and other acts, all competing to will $1 million and the next big Las Vegas act. Last week the final five were revealed.
Neal E. Boyd may be an insurance salesman by day but by night he is a world class opera singer. He has enthralled the viewers since his first AGT performance after which he received a standing ovation.
Nuttin’ But Strings are two brothers from Queens, NY who want to bring the violin to the forefront of mainstream music. How you ask? With their genre bending combination of hip hop, rock and classical influences, they amazed the judges with a high energy performance that would make any kid think playing the violin. Piers Morgan, the toughest of the three judges, called Nuttin’ But Strings “fresh, exciting, original, super talented.”
Queen Emily had everyone – everyone following America’s Got Talent that is – comparing her to Aretha Franklin after her performance of “Chain of Fools.” Last week she sang “You’re Gonna Love Me” and wowed the judges with her phenomenal voice and larger than life stage presence. All her life she has been waiting for a moment like this to live out her dream and now, she’s in the top five. Proof that dreams do come true.
Donald Braswell was a professional singer and lost his voice after a freak accident. 11 years, three kids, relearning how to talk and almost being booed of the stage by the audience, Braswell is in the AGT top five. His rendition of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” was moving and took the crowd from wanting him to get the heck off of the stage to chanting their hope that he will be the winner: “Vegas! Vegas! Vegas!” Donald Braswell may be a veteran vocalist, but he is this competitions black horse.
Eli Mattson became an instant heart-throb with his emotive execution of “Walking In Memphs.” Judge Sharon Osborne expressed her surprise that this 26-year-old sing/songwriter had not been signed. Like all the others, America’s Got Talent is his chance for the big break he’s been working his whole life for. Even if he doesn’t win, he can’t lose.
To find out who wins or just to see more of the awe inspiring performances, check out America’s Got Talent Wednesdays 9/8 Central. The finale airs Oct. 1, 9/8 Central.