AceShowbiz - It's time for the final Qualifiers round for "America's Got Talent" season 17. In the Tuesday, September 6 episode, the final 11 acts took the stage to perform in front of the judges, Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum, in hopes of getting the last two spots in the Finals.
Kicking off the night was singer Kristen Cruz, who performed an incredible rendition of Miley Cyrus' "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart". Simon praised her for her "great country voice," but he noted that she might choose the wrong song. Heidi and Howie, however, begged to differ as she shared that she loved Kristen's performance.
Following it up was magician and rapper Mervant Vera. He decided to take a risk with his qualifiers performance as he got host Terry Crews, the judges and the audience involved in his performance. Heidi was impressed with how Mervant set himself apart from other magicians by mixing music and magic.
Travis Japan was up next. The group hit the stage to sing an original song for their latest performance. Unfortunately, they faced some issues with their vocal, prompting Howie to press his red X buzzer. Of his decision, Howie said that it was because the singing was "really off… It seemed like a parody." Simon agreed, calling the song "dreadful." Sofia also told them that their vocals were "a little bit bad… I don't think tonight was your night."
Hoping to impress the judges was Australian dancer Max Ostler. He took things to a new level with his performance to Ed Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill". Heidi dubbed Max's performance "poetry in motion," while Simon praised him for his "incredible" choreography. He also told Max that the performance was "better than your first audition."
Comedian Jordan Conley, who is also America's Wildcard, performed next. He managed to bring laughter as Simon gave him a standing ovation. The judge said that Jordan was "brilliant" that night, while Howie told him, "You are just lovable." Also earning praises that night was pole dancer Kristy Sellars. Following her "unbelievable" performance, Simon thought Kristy was "one of the most astonishingly brilliant, creative acts we've seen on the live shows."
Next up was Blade 2 Blade, who threw blades at a spinning wheel. They even threw burning blades during their performance that night. Simon was convinced that it was a Las Vegas act, with Howie noting, "You bring something we need."
The judges were also stunned by dance group Urbancrew's performance. Howie claimed that this "was the most exciting, most entertaining act of the night." Heidi echoed the sentiment, saying that this was her "favorite act of the night." Later, singer Aubrey Birchell earned a standing ovation from all the judges after her lovely performance of "Loved by You" by KIRBY. Heidi loved how the song choice showed off Aubrey's "amazing range."
It was then time for yo-yo artist Shu Takada to wow everyone. Impressed, Sofia admitted, "You definitely make yo-yo cool." Rounding out the night was Sofia's Golden Buzzer act Mayyas. The dance group of 36 ladies took the stage to deliver one of the most astounding performances of the season. Simon believed that this is "a performance that changes the world," while Heidi said that Mayyas was "Vegas ready."