America’s got Talent: Acts to Watch

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13, the top 10 finalists of season 11 America’s got Talent will be battling it out to win a spot headlining a show in Las Vegas and one million dollars.

According to celebrity judge, Simon Cowell, “The talent this year has just been so incredible.” Each of these finalists have such amazing and different talents that the winner cannot be predicted easily.

The 10 remaining finalists are:

Jon Dorenbos: A pro-football player for the Philadelphia Eagles and magician who has amazed all of the judges and America every single week. His last performance included having each of the judges snap a football onto a map of America, and predicted which state each judge would hit. Even if magic isn’t your thing, watch the link below to watch Heidi Klum snap a football more accurately than the pro.

Watch his latest performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3smwlrSiWY

Laura Bretan: Bretan’s opera audition at the beginning of the season earned judge Mel B’s golden buzzer— meaning she was sent directly into the live shows. Oh, and she’s only 13; if she was old enough attend LHS, she’d be in Chamber Choir for sure.

Watch her breakout performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCoxGV7j71c

Tape Face: This act is kind of hard to describe, but as said by judge Howie Mandel, “He makes something out of nothing.” Tape Face has gone the whole season without revealing who he is, maybe because he always has tape on his face. Instead, he wows the audience each week with basically doing the most unpredictable things, like having a staple war with an audience member.

Watch Tape Face’s staple war here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgIhYKK88rs

Sal Valentinetti: This act is a singer with a lot of soul who, although being quite young, likes to sing more classic songs, such as “The Best is Yet To Come” by Frank Sinatra. He was also able to charm judge Heidi Klum into a golden buzzer during his audition.

Watch his audition here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g–5NH8E9W

The Clairvoyants: This couple has a talent called clairvoyance, where Amelie van Tass can say whatever her husband, Thommy Ten, is touching. This has included the expiration date on eyedrops out of Mel B’s purse, and the serial number of a hundred dollar bill out of Simon Cowell’s pocket.

Watch one of their performances here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAckiJJxgkI

Viktor Kee: This Ukrainian juggler has been able to make it all the way to the finale by dancing and juggling. Although it may sound a little bland, it’s unlike any juggling act that has been on the show before. He’s not your average circus P.E unit juggler.

Watch his most recent performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6clC7D-6Wc

Sofie Dossi: Dossi is a 15-year-old contortionist who is not only flexible, but can shoot a bow and arrow with her legs, while they are above her head…and get a bullseye. The average person can’t even do that with their hands. In her semi-finals performance, she left her weapon of choice at home and instead earned the country’s votes by most notably hanging from a pole rising over 20 feet in the air with just her neck holding on.

Watch her semi-finals performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfbaflgxCNk

Grace VanderWaal: This act is the most talked about one of the season. A 12-year-old ukulelist who doubles as a songwriter. This double threat earned herself Howie Mandel’s golden buzzer in auditions, where Simon Cowell also predicts she will be “The next Taylor Swift.”

Watch her golden buzzer performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsUh89t6F24

Brian Justin Crum: This 28-year-old pop singer has made his way into the finals with nothing but his voice, watch the video below to see how he did it.

See what America’s talking about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BquwiZSoOA

Linkin’ Bridge: This vocal group made it through this season with their “perfect harmony” according to all four judges. With this group of close friends coming from a rough part of Louisville, KY, they are among the most motivated to win the finals.

Watch their emotional performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLvvHjoHq0s

Be sure to tune in Sept. 14 to see which of these finalists will take home the grand prize.

Megan Rosen, Associate Editor-in-Chief

Junior Megan Rosen is the Associate Editor-in-Chief of The Colonel. She is on the varsity tennis team at Ledyard and also enjoys playing volleyball and basketball. When she is not in school, you can often find her shopping or eating waffles and drinking smoothies.

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The Colonel is Ledyard High School's award-winning news magazine, serving as the student voice of LHS for almost 50 years.

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