America’s Got Talent 2023 Recap Auditions 2
America’s Got Talent 2023 auditions continue on NBC for season 18 with Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara on the judges panel. Terry Crews hosts. See more new acts vying for the 1 million dollar prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas.
Season 18 will feature at least SEVEN Golden Buzzers. ON Britain’s Got Talent, the show has been handing them out left and right, so it’s no surprise.
Christopher (Lambros) Garcia – Dancer
Ten year old Lambros is a dancer. He studied martial arts first, but then became interested in dance. The youngster, dressed in a sparkly jacket is a little showman. He’s not a great dancer, but his enthusiasm almost makes up for that. He can do a split!
The judges are on their feet, and Lambros is crying. He shares that kids at school bully him. “This solo really meant a lot to me.” Howie says, “You dance with such joy and such precision.” Lambros promises he’ll never stop dancing. “They envy you,” says Sofia. “That was spectacular.” Simon says, “You have natural stage presence. You were amazing.” Simon promises the panel will sort out the bullies – 4 yeses
Sainted Trap Choir – Trap Choir
The group, from Charlotte North Carolina, performs trap songs mixed with Gospel. They declare it was “God’s idea” to come on the show. The troop has been together since 2020 and are all good singers. They are a choir with a true hip-hop vibe. The group sings a variety of popular “trap” songs to the delight of the audience. The performance ends with a member holding a fan that spells “Shook.”
The judges are on their feet again! Howie says, “Your fan said it all…you leave us shook. It’s not what you think choir is.” He suggests they play the Coachella festial. Heidi says, “I love your vibe. It’s fantastic.” Sofia says, “It was creative, the dancing was great, the voices are amazing.” Simon says, “I loved everything about this.” He thanks God for bringing them here. He compliments the vibrant and talented lead vocalist. 4 yeses
Ramadhani Brothers – Head balancers
The brother duo from Tanzania (East Africa) promise something we’ve never seen before. They dream of performing in Vegas. The crew sets up an ominous looking ladder. They bolt it into the floor. The duo literally head balance, and can even walk around with one of the brothers locked head to head with the other. Walking backwards even. At one point, they almost bit it. They finish the act with a treacherous climb up the ladder and back down again. All the while, their heads are locked like siamese twins!
Howie says, “This is the scariest most dangerous act I’ve ever seen on AGT…I’m speechless.” Heidi says, “This is how you do it! You are daredevils. I love the two of you.” Sofia says, “It was the most exciting, fun scary.” She even enjoyed their thrilling near wipe out. Simon says, “Unbelievable….close to perfection…absolutely brilliant.” 4 yeses
Virginia Stone – Husband Caller (State Fair act)
Virginia, from Iowa, used to be a corporate pilot. Tonight she’ll be “husband calling” after placing at the Iowa State Fair. She did a pig call before demonstrating a husband call using Simon’s name. It’s pretty weird stuff. But then so are Ag fairs If you’ve ever been, you know. Heidi and Simon both buzzed her – 4 nos
AvantGardey – Dance Group
AvantGardey is a dance group from Japan. NBC previewed this act last week. The girls use an interpreter but they answer questions using cute synchronized hand motions. Their routine is cheeky and perfectly synchronized. Goofy faces abound. They end in a fabulous pointy post. A very fun group.
Heidi calls them “beyond in sync.” Sofia calls it weird. “I love you girls.” Simon calls them “genius.” Howie loved everything. “I”ve never seen anything like this before,” he says. 4 yeses
Putri Ariani – Singer – Simon Cowell Golden Buzzer
She’s 17 years old, blind, and from Indonesia. She’s in high school, and hopes to get into Juilliard. The stage crew helps her find the grand piano and set her mic. She sings an original song, which displays a very pretty and mature voice. It’s obvious that Simon really likes her. She hits a whistle note at the end, not perfectly, but her range is impressive. She can hit the notes in her middle voice beautifully. Simon liked her voice so much, that he asks for a second song. She sings an emotional version of Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.”
Afterward, Putri is emotional. Sofia calls her an “angel.” Howie calls her a “superstar.” Heidi loved her original song. The audience is very enthusiastic. Simon calls her voice distinctive. “You have a glow about you.” And then unsurprisingly, Simon stands up and hits his Golden Buzzer. He calls her one of the best singers they’ve ever had on the show.
Mandy Muden – Comedian and Magician
She’s been performing magic for 25-30 years. She’s competed on Britain’s Got Talent before, but Simon doesn’t acknowledge her. She does a mix of comedy and magic, first approaching the judges table. She’s full of wise cracks and naughty bits, entertainingly revealing words and letters like she’s “mindreading.”
Sofia calls her a surprise and funny. Howie loves her “You are the epitome of somebody who deserves their own show.” Heidi calls her “adorable.” Simon says, “You were mindreading, you were funny, you were very naughty.” 4 yeses
Zoe Erianna Cuí – Kid Singer
This six year old is big on Tik Tok. I’ve seen her piano playing videos. She’s a prodigy. She admits that Sofia is her favorite judge. She’d buy a gold convertible and Barbie camper with her winnings. Tonight she’s singing “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga without accompanying herself on piano. She’s talented, but mimicking singers she’s seen on TV. I’m not a big fan of parents putting their very young children on television.
Sofia says, “You’re one of my favorite contestants ever.” Heidi compliments her stage presence. Howie says, “You’re GOO GOO GAGA.” Simon calls her “fearless, brave and talented.” Maybe if she returns she’ll play piano. 4 yeses
Muhamed Kahrimanovic – Variety performer
He’s broken a bunch of Guinness World records by breaking coconuts. And tonight, he is attempting to break the most coconuts in a minute. He holds the current record. A dude from Guinness is on stage to oversee the attempt. He’s breaking them with his fist! He smashes, but doesn’t always break them.
The Guiness dude counts the broken coconuts while Muhumed catches his breath. Sadly, he only broke 23. Simon buzzes him and gives him a no. SAD! The reaction felt kind of mean. 4 nos
Mitch Rossell – Country singer
NBC previewed this emotional audition earlier today. Mitch, 35 from East Tennessee, shares that his dad wanted him to pursue music, but he prefered sports. At 10 years old, a horrific drunk driving accident not only killed his dad, but his grandfather and grandmother in-law too. After high school he finally picked up a guitar to feel closer to his father. He performs an original song “Son,” which basically tells the story of his dad’s passing. But it ends with a twist. He has his own son, which helps him heal the grief over losing his dad. Mitch is already an established independent singer songwriter. He’s amassed millions of streams on Spotify. He’s worked with Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood and recently made his Opry debut.
Mitch becomes very emotional afterward. Heidi calls the song beautiful. Howie relates as the father of three kids. He predicts the song will climb to No. 1 downloaded song by tomorrow morning. Sofia calls it amazing. Simon loved everything about it. He calls the performance sincere and a “great audition,” 4 yeses
Ray Wold – Fire performer
Ray is 64 years old and brings his 85 year old mom Corrine who will work as his assistant. Simon asks if they are married. Whoops. He’s her third out of 8 children. She must have been a young mama. The two go backstage to get ready before Ray runs out on stage and promptly sets himself on fire. Mama wields the fire extinguisher. His hat remains on fire. Then he throws fire daggers at a fire engulfed wall as mom stands in the middle. She’s got to be covered in flame retardant as well. Howie buzzes them. He’s probably freaked out.
Heidi calls it a hot mess, “I loved it.” Sofia declares mom the star of the show. Howie thinks he shouldn’t throw knives at his mother. Simon loved the act. “You are never too old to chase your dreams.” Howie says no. The crowd boos. Heidi, Sofia and Simon say yes. Mama is a firecracker! Even at 64, Ray probably knows better than to cross her – 3 yeses and 1 no