Welcome to America’s Got Talent the finals! After several months, lots of anxiety, and a ton of performers, we’ve finally made it to the finals. The top six were revealed last week with a bit of controversy. The more popular groups went through instead of the most talented, which always happens when it’s up to a popular consensus. Overall we still have a very strong finale and I can’t wait to get started. Tonight each act will perform twice: one original and an act they’ve done once before.

Jimmy Rose
Taking the stage first, Jimmy Rose sings his original song which was a very good audition. Jimmy doesn’t have my favorite voice, but “Coal Keeps The Light On” is a great showcase for him, especially since he wrote the song and has that emotional attachment to it. Mel has never been a fan but has since come around. “I love your voice, I love that performance” she said. Howie and Heidi didn’t have a whole lot to say but were impressed with him. Howard felt like he had been waiting for that performance from Jimmy and I absolutely agree.

Keichi Ebina
Kenichi also does his original audition as his first performance of the night. Out of all of his performances I think this one has been my least favorite, but tonight he added a few new elements to it and gave it an even better Matrix-like feel. After a standing ovati0n from the judges, Howie tells him “there’s no one better than you. You deserve to win.” Howard says: “You’ve gotten even better” and calls him a superstar, which I also agree with. Heidi calls it her favorite act ever, and Mel is so glad we all got to see it again live. It was so much better live, by the way. Brilliant job, Kenichi.

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Cami Bradley. (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC.)

Cami Bradley
Cami very rightly sings “Believe” which was my favorite performance of hers by far. I’m embarrassed to say it took me way too long to realize which song she was singing, and even though tonight I knew what it was I was still trying to figure it out. I love it. Howard contradicts himself from only moments ago and says Cami should win it all. He compares her to a caterpillar and remarks on how far she’s come and turned into this beautiful butterfly. It’s a little odd, but a very apt metaphor. Heidi is so proud of Cami and the emotion she puts into her songs. “You put tears in people’s eyes.” “Cami, you are a class act. I could listen to your voice days on end,” Mel B tells her and you can see in her face just how proud she is of Cami. Howie tells her she’s by far the best singer on the show because she has the most unique sound. I agree with him, but Forte is so powerful, while Cami looks so diminutive on stage. To compare the two is a disservice, however. I think she’s fantastic.

Collins Key
Collins takes the stage and brings back the close up magic he did in his original audition. Okay, to recap what he does: He makes Mel and Heidi pick cards out of a deck and sign them. Then he puts the cards on top of each other and makes each women bite down on opposite ends. After a brief period, Collins takes the cards out of their mouth where they have seemingly fused together to create one card. He even tears it in half to better prove his point. It’s a neat trick, having the cards “melt” together as he calls it. Heidi looks shocked and bewildered and still can’t figure out how he does it, especially since he did it literally centimeters from her face. Howie calls him the master of confusion because he just can’t figure out how he does it all either. Howard is nervous for him because he’s not sure America will get the nuance of that performance. Mel calls it his best performance and pleads with people to vote for him.

Forte
Since the group performed originally with a different guy, tonight they do their very first audition as a group in the Vegas round. It’s a great song for each individual voice as well as incorporating some awe inspiring harmonies we are so used to. This song isn’t my favorite and I think that in this round Cami had the better voice. But man these guys look so good and so powerful on stage. Such talent. Mel: “Wow wow wow. Absolutely stunning. I’m now a big lover of opera.” Howie, the only judge who didn’t give a standing ovation, is confused as how to vote for a group as opposed to a solo artist alone on stage. He does give them some wonderful compliments though. Howard originally thought Forte would win the whole thing but there’s so much strong talent that he’s not sure anymore. I agree with both Howards tonight on almost everything, which might be a first.

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Kenichi Ebina (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC.)

Taylor Williamson
During his intro clip Taylor complains about having to repeat the same jokes from a past performance. He brings out a stuffed camel and then makes a pretty great joke about Heidi being married to Seal. He’s a little annoying but he pulls out this choir at the end to sing the punchline to his labradoodle joke from a few weeks ago. Okay, Taylor, you got me. Finally. Howard commented on his originality  and material and Howard tells us basically the same thing in a much more coherent way. Heidi claims to have always liked him, just not his material. She’s so proud he’s in the finals. Mel likes that he’s awkward and weird and that he is very, very funny. Gotta hand it to you, Taylor. Great job.

Cami Bradley
Singing The Beatles classic “I Want To Hold Your Hand” Cami’s got a nice little attitude going on on stage. She’s not stuck behind a piano or sitting on a stool. It’s like standing up gave her this extra boost of self esteem and her voice is even more powerful. The arrangement is similar to one I’ve heard before, but still different enough to put her name on it. Howard calls her a more confident performer and not hiding behind a piano. He likes her new found confidence. Heidi is never disappointed in her song choices and arrangements and loved it. Mel: “Flawless.” *Whips out fan with graceful aplomb* Howie again says her voice is so unique and so good and he “wants to hold [her] hand” even though he doesn’t do that.

Collins Key
Yesterday Collins posted a prediction video on YouTube where he told us what would happen in tonight’s show. When it happens exactly like he predicted we aren’t shocked. Impressed, sure, but not shocked. I loved the simplicity yet complexity of the act. My problem with Collins is that I spend so much time trying to figure out how he does it instead of thinking about the act. Either way, Mel believes in magic now! Howie thinks Collins is getting better and better and said this was the clearest, most concise performance yet. Collins definitely took Howard’s advice from last week since his act was much more coherent. Heidi likes that he uses current, modern magic instead of things our grandparents grew up with. He wants to keep magic fresh and relevant and regardless of what happens I think Collins has a huge career in front of him.

While Nick is introducing us to Jimmy the judges were playing musical chairs and it was pretty cute.

Jimmy Rose
Jimmy sings Garth Brook’s “We Danced” and it’s a good fit for his voice. Much better than last week’s, I think. Still, he’s the weakest singer in the finals. Mel calls him a great performer and wants to hear his voice on the radio. Howie thought he sang it well but was still wanting to hear Garth Brooks sing it. Howard also calls him a nice guy, but tells him he can’t can’t go on story alone. He thinks picking that song might cost him the win and he didn’t think he connected with the song. Heidi, on the other hand, likes that he stays in his comfort zone and the audience knows what they are getting from him.

Taylor Williamson
For his second appearance Taylor forgoes his usual cardigan for a suit, which is nice. I laugh more at Taylor after the jokes land a while mostly because of his face. I don’t know, guys. It’s odd I guess? He gets a little edgy which I love as much as the crowd. He’s really pretty great and I like seeing his confidence grow each week. Originally Heidi was confused by him and his jokes but now is a real fan. He has really great banter with the judges and he’s so punchy tonight. Mel can’t say anything other than he’s funny. “You’re just funny!” Howie says it’s so hard being funny but Taylor pulls it off and calls him really funny. Howard pleads to America to vote for him because he’s so great and funny. “I never want to fast forward. I want to hear you. You’re really funny!” Seriously, they called him funny at least 15 times.

Kenichi Ebina
Of course they are going to give the last performance to Forte. But first, let’s all be wowed one more time by Kenichi. He sticks with the digital background tonight and adds a whole bunch of characters to dance with. It makes it seem like he’s not alone on stage and gives the performance a little bit of added depth. It wasn’t my favorite performance, but Mel thought the performance was a little off and it didn’t blow her away. Heidi tells him his creativity is limitless and calls him a genius. Howard calls Mel ridiculous and calls the whole thing brilliant. “This guy is mesmerizing and deserves to win. This wasn’t a celebration of America’s Got Talent but a celebration of Kenichi.” Howie agrees with Howard but gets so passionate that he stands up and just can’t control himself with praise for Kenichi. Overall Kenichi has impressed me in so many ways, and I love the diversity he brings to each performance. I definitely agree with Howard and Howie about how much more difficulty he has than a singer who sings someone else’s songs. Just like Taylor he has to do everything completely original. I love it.

Forte 
Forte sings another classical song and oh my goodness this is so much better than earlier. Amazing. Their voices are so fantastic. And their harmonies are just…do you guys listen to The Civil Wars? They are my favorite band and the reason I like them is because of the harmonies they do. This trio does the same thing and just gives me chills. So great. Each guy has a powerful, great voice, but adding them all three together just raises it to a whole new level. All four judges are on their feet and Heidi calls them awesome. Mel says it’s breathtaking and calls them professionals. “Gorgeous!” Howie tells them they delivered a brilliant song and again asks America to vote. Howard can’t really form words at first because he’s just so impressed. “You’re terrific…you’re terrific.”

I complained last week about America not picking the best acts, but I’ve been proven wrong. Tonight was pretty phenomenal and I have no idea who will win. This is definitely a tough one. I really think it could be anyone at this point. I guess we will find out tomorrow nigh



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