‘America’s Got Talent’ 2011: Top 4 perform, judges comment September 13 — NBC’s summer show, America’s Got Talent, has entered its final week. Tuesday night, the Top Four finalists performed for the last time in an effort to gain viewers’ votes. The act with the highest number of votes from the viewers at home will win $1 million and a headline act in Las Vegas. How did the Top Four do, and what did the judges say about their final performances?
The Top Four acts were: Team iLuminate, Silhouettes, Poplyfe, and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr..
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. performed Frank Sinatra’s classic hit, “My Way.” Judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel all gave him a standing ovation. “You sang that absolutely from your heart,” said Piers Morgan, “and that was a million dollar performance.” Howie Mandel was equally impressed saying, “there’s a real good chance that you just sealed the deal.”
Team iLuminate performed next. Their act was even more elaborate in the light show and dance moves than they have done on the show before. Some of the choreography involved light show designs requiring NBC to photograph them from above. Referencing other reality talent shows on television, Sharon Osbourne said, “You’re exactly the reason why our show is different than every other one. It’s incredible.” Piers Morgan said that their act moves beyond what the show is about. “You’re what this country is about,” he said. “What America needs is smart young people with great ideas. You are exactly what America needs right now.”
Following a performance by Season Two winner, ventriloquist Terry Fader, the young pop group Poplyfe took to the stage. They performed Queen’s “We Will Rock You” blended into a medley with “We Are the Champions.” Lead singer, Kalani was off-key part of the time and seemed to know it even as she sang with tears streaming down her face. Piers Morgan tempered his typical brutal honesty, “I thought some of the performance was a bit shaky,” he said, “but you are a very, very talented performer.” Sharon Osbourne also tried to help the singer feel better, saying, “your singing wasn’t great, but your passion was. You are a star.”
Silhouettes performed a somewhat predictable routine set to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Sharon Osbourne called the performance “inpirational” and “beautiful” while both Mr. Morgan and Mr. Mandel agreed that America had its work cut out for it in choosing a winner from all four of the acts.
The finale of America’s Got Talent will take place Wednesday night when the winner will be announced. The two-hour program begins at 8 p.m. ET and will feature performances by Jackie Evancho, Tony Bennett, Queen Latifah, and Cirque du Soleil.
PHOTOS: See the 2011 Top Four finalists on America’s Got Talent here!