'America's Got Talent' Week 5 Brings Tears, Laughs, and a Golden Buzzer for a Quick Change Artist!
By Zach Seemayer
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America's Got Talent returned on Tuesday for the fifth night of auditions, and the competition continued to shine bigger and brighter than ever! ET was following along throughout the two-hour episode to break down all the best, biggest and most surprising moments.
Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum judged and voted on a whole new slate of AGT hopefuls, who risked life and limb for a shot at moving on to the next round of competition or maybe earning the coveted Golden Buzzer.
Last week, Vergara gave out her Golden Buzzer to Jimmie Herrod, a surprising, phenomenal vocalist who wowed the judges with a cover of "Tomorrow" from the musical Annie. This means Klum is the only judge who has yet to award the coveted Golden Buzzer, and it just may happen tonight.
The fun kicked off 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, and you can follow along with ET for a look at all the acts who gave it their best shot during the fourth week of America's Got Talent.
Jayy is Doing It for Her Late Parents
Jayy hits the stage and explains that she's here, pursuing her dreams, in honor of her parents and their encouragement. She also explains that they are watching from heaven.
When asked what happened, Jayy reveals that her parents were killed in front of her when their store got robbed. It's a palpably emotional moment that has all the judges about to cry before she's even delivered a note.
Jayy goes on to belt out a powerful cover of Freya Ridings' "Lost Without You" that brings her to tears as she sings, and has all of the judges almost full-on weeping by the end.
"To be able to sing a song like that, with that lyric, with all those memories, you know, in your head, I think, is extraordinary," Simon says. "Genuinely extraordinary. It was a beautiful audition. And people like you are the reason why we make this show."
The four judges give her all yes votes (and it feels like he would have earned a golden buzzer if they hadn't already been given out).
South Korean Dance Group Stuns
The South Korean dance group Dokteuk came here to wow, and they pulled it off in style.
The crew pulled off a wild succession of impressive moves, acrobatic stunts and generally impressive feats of choreography and physical prowess, and it was fun the whole way through.
"You are absolutely on the money. That is my favorite dance this entire season," Howie marvels.
I loved how you guys just hit us with the first note," Heidi says excitedly.
Simon says it was "a great, great audition" and all the judges give them yes votes.
Peter Antoniou Shows Off His Psychic Prowess
Peter Antoniou is a British psychic, and he's apparently also a model house builder!
He shows off a small dollhouse filled with rooms dedicated to each of the judges. He has Terry take an item from one of the rooms while he's looking away.
Terry takes a small baseball bat and puts it in his left pocket. He plays a voice mail declaring that Terry did so, and it blows everyone's mind.
That's the FIRST bit, to just establish his skills. The second bit is coming up after the commercial.
After the commercial, Peter shows off his talent with a complex trick involving multiple ring boxes and Sofia's wedding ring, and it's basically just worth watching because there's so much too it.
Needless to say, Peter really is psychic and the judges pay their respects to his fearsome talent by giving his four yes votes.
Tory Vagasy Goes 'Into The Unknown'
So, Howie's Grinch-like demeanor is cured by Tory Vagasy, a musical theater fan and songstress who slays a cover of "Into the Unknown" from Frozen II.
She belts out the high notes like nobody's business, and Howie gazes at her with awe as she belts out the immediately familiar tune.
"You absolutely deserve to be on Broadway," Sofia marvels.
Heidi and Simon love her as well, and Howie has nothing but nice things to say. However, because he doesn't like musical theater he votes no.
Simon tells the audience they aren't booing loud enough, and Simon says the other judges all need to stand up to him and tell him he's wrong. They do so by all voting yes and sending her onto the next round.
Howie Is the Bad Guy Now?
Howie is apparently grumpy, and so we're getting a montage of auditions that fail to impress him -- from a jump rope dancer (who actually gets three yes votes), to a dance group to an aerialist.
The show uses digital effects to make Howie's skin look green so they can compare him to The Grinch.
Clearly it's all a set up to show him being impressed by some act. Here's betting we get a joke about his heart growing three sizes.
Lea Kyle Quick Changes Into Our Hearts
Lea Kyle has two passions: performing and fashion.
To blend them together, she became a quick change artist, which is essentially like a magician who can transform their ensemble faster than the human eye can see.
The ambitious 25-year-old entertainer performs an incredible set that is next-level ambitious and sees her rocking dozens out outfits that each disappear into each other -- all set to Katy Perry's "Part of Me."
"We've seen quick change artists on this show, but I've never seen one better than you," Howie marvels.
"I am so, like, in shock. You were having a great time while you were doing it. It was beautiful," Sofia gushes.
Simon says the act is "very, very cool" and "world class."
Heidi is more impressed than anyone and says, "We've never really had anyone as good as you, so I feel you should go straight to the live shows," before slamming the Golden Buzzer.
The Sklar Brothers Are Here
The Sklar Brothers are both established comedians. They have had TV shows, and there's just no way they don't know Howie -- or that Howie hasn't met or seen them.
Anyway, they are funny, obviously. Their shtick has been a big hit for a long time. Perhaps this is a career revival? Between this and Josh Blue, it's confusing. We mean, we guess professionals are allowed, but it still feels a little unfair to all the comics who don't already have careers.
Needless to say, the Sklar brothers have flawless chemistry and their jokes about raising kids are super funny.
Hilariously, Heidi says she didn't really like them, and she's usually the nice one (next to Sofia).
Simon says it was "unique and different" and he gives them a yes vote. Howie adds to it. Heidi gives a yes because the audience was loving them, and Sofia makes it four.
Gangstagrass Looks to Build Bridges
Gangstagrass is a band looking to blend bluegrass, country and hip-hop, and be an inspiration for building bridges between muscial genres and different communities in America.
"I decided that I wanted to create a band like this, to play for America and bring a message that America can find common ground and get over some of the divisions that we've been experiencing and come together," the group's founder explained before their performance.
Together, the group slayed their audition with an original tune, and Howie says they are "the recipie America has been looking for" and that the band "is emblematic of what America needs right now."
All the judges love it, and Sofia praises how original the tune is. Simon says it's impressive that they pulled off such a "great audition" with an original song.
The group ends up getting four yes votes and a whole lot of love from the judges.
Tesla the Dog is Electric
In traditional AGT fashion, the show gives us an underwhelming dog act, only to really up the excitement for an amazing one.
Trainer Alexandra knows what she's doing, and her perfectly trained dogs -- one of whom is named Tesla, so we already love it -- know what they are doing as well.
The act gets a standing ovation from all the judges, and Simon says it "might be my favorite dog act this season."
"I think you're going to do really well in this competition. All three of you," Simon says.
All the judges have total adoration for the act, and for the fun Alexandra and her dogs seem to be having, and they earn four enthusiastic yes votes from the impressed judges.
The Empower Pack Don't Quite Inspire Support
The Empower Pack claim to be a dog act that uses tricks to inspire and uplift.
The whole act is Harry Potter themed, but it doesn't seem to go according to plan for parts.
The judges have seen a lot of dog acts and, even though Simon loves all dogs always, you've really got to impress if you want to get through.
Sofia loves the act, and Heidi does too, but Simon and Howie aren't moved by it. So it ends up going two votes yes and two no, meaning they won't be moving on.
Positive Impact Movement Make a Positive Impact
The first act of the night are acrobatic weightlifters, who perform as a troupe called Positive Impact Movement.
They are a crew made of of body builders who have suffered and overcome major injuries, only to show how far they've come on a national stage.
They incorporate weight lifting into a full acrobatic routine set to "Let's Get Physical," and they do the song justice.
"I loved that," Howie says after the number.
At the end of the act, one of the performers holds up a necklace, and it turns out the locket contains the ashes of his late mother, who was both an AGT fan, and the women who inspired him to chase his dreams.
The group get four yes votes and will be moving on.
Last Year's Winner Kicks Off the Night
Tonight's show is kicking off with a moment that is quite a bit more inspiring than last week's car commercial intro!
Last year's winner -- a spoken word poet named Brandon Leake -- opened things up with some powerful words about what it means to be on the show, and it really set the tone for a fun, emotional night.
ET recently spoke with host Terry Crews about how this season of America's Got Talent has really brought an entirely new level of energy and excitement after coming back from the pandemic.
"There was a moment when we never knew if we would come back," Crews shared, adding that with the benefit of hindsight, no one -- not the judges or the performers -- took anything for granted this season.
"There was not one ounce of cynicism on the show," Crews explained.