The three acts with the highest viewer votes from last week’s final returned to Australia’s Got Talent tonight to find out if they had made it through to the next round. Tasmanian rock band The Wolfe Brothers received the most votes from the audience at home, cementing their place in the Finals Showdown. Drumming sensation Jagger and singer Laura Loe’s fate in the competition was then thrown to judges Dannii Minogue, Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden, who decided Jagger’s unique talent was something the masses needed more of – Really?
Tiny Tina made her return to the AGT stage tonight, opening with a high energy, show-stopping performance of the Tina Turner hit Proud Mary. Dannii revealed she is her biggest fan: “I literally smile from start to end, you’re a performer, you kept the vocals going with all of that dancing, and let me say that is not an easy song to sing, you absolutely nailed it!”
Group leader of community choir The Divine Divas of Sunbury, Adam Prezwelock, came under fire from the judges for being too ‘self-indulgent’ and over-the-top with his theatrics, taking the focus away from the 50 singing women from his local community who charmed the judges during auditions. While Dannii praised the local teachers, nurses, legal secretaries, housewives and school girls of Sunbury for their ‘spot-on’ vocals, Brian criticised Adam for drawing all the attention to himself with his, “crazy dance taking away from the beautiful vocal performance behind”. Visibly upset from Brian’s bollocking, Dannii tried to smooth things over with the group and Adam: “‘Leave the stage with one thing girls, you sang beautifully and that is Adam’s coaching.”
Another impressive performance and another world record, but the judges told The Space Cowboy he failed to step it up tonight. After wowing Australia with one of the most dangerous motorbike stunts in the world during his audition, Kyle said his performances should continue to push the boundaries: “It should get worse for us, we should be under the desk quivering that you’re gonna be killed, that didn’t blow me away.” Brian agreed that although juggling three axes, blindfolded, atop a four metre high unicycle was impressive, his highly anticipated semi-finals performance was “a little underwhelming”.
Hailing from Perth, Beside Lights are edging closer to becoming the next big rock band, drawing favorable comparisons to Eskimo Joe. Kyle praised them for successfully delivering more than one hit song: “A lot of bands come out… they’ve got one song, and then they’ve got 30 songs that are so-so and they disappear and vanish. The two songs we’ve heard from you guys are both excellent and a little birdy has told me that you guys have got a whole stack more that are just as good.” Dannii said it was like listening to something on the radio: “Adrian your voice is superb, as a band you are so tight, you work together.”
Backed by a live band, Adelaide singer Darren Jones delivered an emotional performance of the classic hit What A Wonderful World. Brian feared Darren’s voice was too raw for this stage of the competition: “There’s a part of your voice which is your bravado, it’s perfect, it’s so beautiful. It’s the bits before that, there’s parts where you crack and there’s some tuning issues.” Dannii didn’t think it overshadowed the overall performance: “You know… it is emotional, music, it is all about the emotion and if you’re feeling it, we’re feeling it, it was a great performance.”
Contemporary dance group Ev & Bow brought sexy back and created magic on the stage tonight, ending their routine with a breathtaking levitation that blew the judges away. Kyle said performances like that would sell out venues one day: “I thought it was absolutely fantastic and the finish was sensational. I really, really, truly loved it, from the bottom of my heart I thought it was fantastic.” Brian added it was one of the most talented things he had ever seen on the stage: “It was just perfect, the costumes, the dancing, it’s world class, it’s bigger than just AGT.”
Andrew De Silva’s much anticipated return to the AGT stage left judges Kyle Sandilands and Dannii Minogue in tears and needing a hug. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as he performed his original song “Beautiful Things”. He wrote the song about his life, family, and overcoming cancer and grueling chemotherapy to produce a daughter he never thought possible. Dannii said there were so many layers to him, recognising the personal achievement of just standing on that stage: “If it doesn’t feel scary and it doesn’t rock your world, don’t do it. I know this for you is that thing that’s scary and rocks your world and I’m so glad to see you doing it.” Kyle said he felt the electricity reverberate through the room: “Everyone loved it, we’ve never even heard that song before, and it felt like we had known it. You are sensational man, you really are.” Brian thanked Andrew for choosing AGT and reminded viewers at home not to get complacent: “Please pick up the phone and vote for him, we still need this guy to get votes, this guy should be in our Grand Final, he’s one of the best people to ever come on the show.”
The general public can now vote for their favourite contestant from tonight’s show. The top three most popular acts via public vote will return next week with the most popular going straight through to the Finals Showdown. The judges will then need to decide between the remaining two acts.
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