The America’s Got Talent season 18 live shows are coming to a close. The fourth round of qualifiers went down on Sept. 12 as 11 more acts took the stage in hopes of earning America’s vote. A day later on Sept. 13, the next two acts to make it to the season 18 finals were announced.
The top 5 acts of the third round of qualifiers were D’Corey Johnson, Chibi Unity, Zion Clark, Shadow Ace, and Ana Deguzman. The acts were narrowed down to the top 3: Chibi Unity, Shadow Ace, and Ana. At the end of the night, Chibi Unity was headed to the finals along with Ana after America’s votes came in. Scroll down to learn more about the finalists.
The female magician continues to prove that she’s a force to be reckoned with in season 18. She stunned the judges and the crowd with her latest performance. “We need more female magicians. That’s all I can say,” Heidi Klum declared. Sofia Vergara added that Ana has a “big career” ahead of her in magic.
The Japanese dance group brought their A-game for the qualifiers round on Sept. 12. “I could watch you guys perform for hours,” Sofia said. “It’s surprising. It’s sexy. It’s so artsy. I can tell how much work, how much passion you put into this.” Simon Cowell said the troupe is “one of the best acts” of the season.
Putri Ariani became an instant frontrunner after her audition. The blind singer’s first AGT performance went viral and captured the world. She returned for the qualifiers on September 6 and performed a gorgeous rendition of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
The judges raved over her performance, and Simon admitted he was nearly “speechless.” Simon was the one who gave Putri his coveted Golden Buzzer earlier in the season. Sofia gushed, “I don’t think I’ve ever heard something more beautiful in my life. That was spectacular.” Putri is one step closer to becoming the next AGT champion.
Mzansi Youth Choir
Mzansi Youth Choir earned the first Golden Buzzer of season 18, and the show’s first-ever audience Golden Buzzer. The group moved the judges with their tribute to late AGT alum Nightbirde during their audition. The choir dazzled with their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere” for the qualifiers. After making it to the finals, Howie told the group, “You moved America, [and] you’re moving the world.”
Lavender Darcangelo was among the first two contestants to make it to the season 18 finals. The singer, who is blind and autistic, has dazzled the judges and America from her very first performance. She earned Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer after her show-stopping audition performance of Irena Cara’s “Out Here On My Own.” Her audition video went viral and has over 4 million views on YouTube.
For her qualifiers performance, Lavender sang an incredible rendition of Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” The judges gave her a standing ovation. Simon praised her “beautiful” performance.
Adrian Stoica & Hurricane
Adrian Stoica & Hurricane stole our hearts with their adorable dog act. Adrian and Hurricane returned to the stage with another fun and lovable routine. Howie declared that Adrian & Stoica & Hurricane is “favorite dog act ever on AGT.” Heidi admitted that it’s “mind-blowing” to her how Adrian pulls off his act.
Ahren Belisle is one of the most original comics in AGT’s history. The comedian is mute and uses a text-to-speech app in his stand-up routines. Ahren was funnier than ever in his latest performance. He brought his dog along for the ride, too. He hilariously hit on Sofia Vergara and accidentally called her “Sofia Viagra.”
Murmuration was Howie’s Golden Buzzer act this season. The dancers returned to the AGT stage for a powerful and truly stunning performance during the season 18 qualifiers. Simon raved that their performance was “literally perfection” and said Murmuration was “in a different league to anything we’ve seen so far.” Now they’re headed to the finals!