If you are following America’s Got Talent then you know this season is filled with real, well – talent. Last night’s show drove home that point, which made it ever so hard for the judges to trim the group of 20 acts down to just 7.
Guest judge DJ Kaled was called upon to lend his expertise, and more likely his current star power. The platinum Wild Thoughts performer who has noms for a grammy and four VMA’s, wasted no time we he slammed his golden buzzer for 21-year-old singer-songwriter Chase Goehring.
Goehring wrote and sang another poignant original song, A Capella. He had the audience and judges (not to mention the viewers at home) mesmerized throughout his performance. After hearing Goehring’s song, which was a song about songwriting, complete with the rapid allocution that wowed us in his first performance, DJ Kaled said, “You’re on your way to being a star.”
And while Chase Goehring was on his way to stardom, the remaining acts were left to battle for the last positions going to the live shows.
Another bright spot came when soulful, 21-year-old songstress – and Miami girl – Yoli Mayor gave it her all through a velvety rendition of Rihanna’s Love on the Brain. Having nerves and facing her self-consciousness, she absolutely killed it. The young singer left the judges and audience wanting for more. Khaled tried to hit his golden buzzer again, but to no avail. Notoriously harsh Simon Cowell seemed authentically moved when he uttered, “I don’t think you know what you’re capable of,” and later added, “‘Cause you’re good.”
In the end, this week’s acts that are moving on to see the light of the Dolby Theatre are: Chase Goehring, Yoli Mayor, Puddles the Sad Clown, Colin Cloud, Mirror Image, Junior and Emily, and Evie Clair.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8/7 on NBC.