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Unimpressed Judges on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT Season 18 Exclusive Set News!

"America's Got Talent" season 18 stage. / Photo: Hollywood Junket

“America’s Got Talent” season 18 has returned to auditioning a whole new slew of amazing talented acts, and some not so amazing!  Hollywood Junket spent a day at one of the show’s tapings this season to get a sneak peek at some of the acts.  The returning judges are: Simon Cowell (also Executive Producer), Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Howie Mandel along with returning host Terry Crews.

During this day of filming, the judges were not very impressed by a certain dog act, and Howie, who has a very contradictory love-hate response to choirs, heard one that he did like!  More acts included a very impressive vocalist, and two very talented musicians whom the judges weren’t sure were right for the “America’s Got Talent” show.  The first act up of the day was a popular dog act from social media.

Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, Simon Cowell — Photo by: Casey Durkin/NBC

Daragh & Dexter (DOG ACT) – Daragh Kavanagh brought his dog named Dexter to show-off his talent.  He placed multiple objects, one-by-one on top of Dexter’s head to balance.  Dexter balanced a variety of objects, large and small, very well.  Howie said, “I’m a little bored by it.”  Heidi said she loved Dexter.  But, she agreed with Howie that it was not enough.  Simon said “your dog is a natural comedian.  His face made me laugh so much.”  The judges asked if his act went through, what else could they expect to see?  Daragh answered that Dexter balances bigger and more things.  Heidi commented that then the dog has to balance more things if they go through.  Daragh said he drove 17 hours from Denver to be there at his AGT audition.  

Kevin Li (MAGIC ACT)- Kevin is 25-years-old from Los Angeles.  Kevin’s trick consisted of reading the minds of the judges.  Howie called it a “life-changing performance.”  He said, “you’re very cool and fit into AGT.”  Simon reacted that he gets bored with card tricks.  Kevin pulled a kernel out of his eye as part of his trick.  One of the memories he was able to read was Howie’s “audition.”

Pictured: AGT season 18 audience outside of the Pasadena Civic Center.

Milya & Gee (AERIALISTS) – They combined their acts during the pandemic.  Milya uses her hair to twirl in the air.  Heidi said she got “bored” vibes from her co-judge Howie.  Howie said Heidi was correct and addressed her comment.  He said he felt he was in a different room from everyone else.  He thought their act was like what their crew does.  Sophia said “amazing.” Simon reacted that Howie was in a different room because he thought it was spectacular.  And this is just their opinion.  If they all agreed, it would be — show.  He told Milya that her hair is worth a lot (if they win $1 million)!

A 17-year-old SINGER from Indonesia auditioned who’s been singing since the age of nine.  This singer, who played the piano as she sang, is also blind.  After her audition, she told the judges that she wants to go to Julliard and Berkeley School of Music.  Simon asked her to sing her second song.  She did and it was amazing again for the second time!  Howie complimented her outfit and said she looks “cool.”  He also said “an angel” landed  on their stage.  Heidi said she loved how she switched from her chest voice to her head voice.  She said it’s her original song.  The audience started to shout “Golden Buzzer….Golden Buzzer!!”

SAINTS (CHOIR) – The Saints are a track choir.  They explained that they sing track songs.  They grew up in North Carolina.  The choir leader is a composer and has been doing this since 2020.  She said it was “God’s idea.”  They wanted to come to AGT and shine today in front of the world.  Simon called them “cool, original and amazing solo halfway there.”  They’re everything they want on AGT, Simon told them.  They have the look and the sound.  Howie told them the fan that one of the choir members was holding said it all…”shook.”  They are shaking things up and that’s what they’re looking for.

ALEX & ALEX (MUSICIANS)  Alex and Alex are 25, and 33 years old from Russia.  They performed a song about the Russian war.  It was too heavy for AGT.   It was “too rich” for Simon.  He said he likes pizza.  “If I was turning the channel and landed on this, I would keep watching.”  Howie said they aren’t for their audience.  They are very talented musicians.  Howie then, as a compliment, compared them to the symphony or Carnegie Hall.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT season 18 premieres on NBC, Tuesday, May 30th. 

“America’s Got Talent” season 18 stage. / Photo: Hollywood Junket



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