With just a few nights of auditions remaining before Vegas Week, we are starting to get a pretty good idea of who could be standing onstage in Newark when AMERICA’S GOT TALENT crowns its new champion in September.
Here’s our five favorites, so far:
1. ANDREW DE LEON, 19 (Opera Singer)
Growing up, Andrew said always felt alienated and out of place. “I was never interested in athletics or what everybody else in my family was interested in,” he told the judges. “Singing was always an escape.”
2. TIM HOCKENBERRY, 49 (Singer)
Tim just wanted to find success before he turned 50. Mission accomplished. His story of overcoming alcoholism is touching. His music will resonate with voters when he blows through Vegas and on to the live shows.
3. JOE CASTILLO, 64 (Sand & Light Painter)
Joe doesn’t just draw pictures in the sand — he tells complete stories. The way he morphed images of soldiers into the Statue of Liberty to the soundtrack of “God Bless The USA” can send chills up your spine. Here’s hoping he has more up his sleeve!
4. SPENCER HORSMAN, 26 (Escape Artist)
He calls himself “the world’s youngest escape artist” — but he might also be the world’s luckiest. In his audition, Spencer barely avoided getting chomped during his own trick. “I won’t be satisfied until you kill yourself,” Howard said. We’ll see…
5. WILLIAM CLOSE (Earth Harp)
Not sure how far this guy can go in the contest, but his audition sure was impressive. Close performed his custom-made Earth Harp, which spanned all across the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. Wonder what he’ll bring to Vegas…
NOTE: Like many people, we were blown away by Tim Poe’s touching story and amazing performance in Austin. If this list were made 7 days ago, he might have been at the top. But in light of the recent controversy surrounding his story, we simply could not include him.
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