Almost two decades after Kelly Clarkson first performed for Simon Cowell’s endorsement, the American Idol the winner found herself in her seat, temporarily replacing the injured judge America has talent.
Tuesday’s episode of EIGHT marked the first live-action episode of Season 15, giving 11 quarter-finals the chance to score the U.S. votes. But first, a little cleaning …
“As some of you know, Simon was in an accident this weekend, and he can’t be there tonight,” host Terry Crews announced atop the two-hour show. “We send a lot of EIGHT love and best wishes, and we hope to see you soon.
The spotlight then turned to Clarkson, who admitted, “I waited years for that. I love Simon, but I’m really getting used to this chair, buddy. Take your time. I could use another job. Joking aside, she added, “I hope he’s feeling better. I love him, so I didn’t mind replacing him.
Read on for a look at the 11 acts that happened on Tuesday, then weigh in with the five you hope to reach the semi-finals:
PORK RIB REVIEW | After rolling out the red carpet for themselves, these so-called “diva pigs” pranced through an obstacle course to the beat of Gretchen Wilson’s “Here for the Party”. I want to be impressed with these nimble porkers, but I’m too busy to worry that they’ve already succumbed to the temptations of Hollywood. I also appreciated Howie Mandel’s questionable assessment: “I think it’s amazing… because they’re pigs.” (someone will receive angry texts from Miss Piggy in the morning.) Click here to watch.
FENG E | Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drop some acid and watch Rock school? Well, wonder no more! This sickly talented kid served us a face-melting mix of classic rock from Taiwan. I didn’t think the world needed to find “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele”, but I’m so glad we did. Seriously, let’s take a look at this one again:
SHAQUIRA MCGRATH | This week’s first vocal performance gave Clarkson a chance to flex his judgment muscles, and I appreciated his rather positive assessment of McGrath’s outlook on Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most”. Then again, this isn’t the first time Clarkson has competed in the Judges Rodeo, given its multiple seasons. The voice. And let’s not forget ABC’s short competition series Duos. Never forget. Click here to watch.
SIMON AND MARIA | These tiny dancers gave us another high-energy performance, this time cutting a carpet at “Mel’s Diner” located on the grounds of Universal Studios. It was fun. You know how fun Old Navy ads are, do we also think these babies really cared to see where Home alone 2 was filmed? Were their Parents even born when this talkie was first released in the cineplex? Click here to watch.
FRENCH BABY | Hope Frenchie’s parents watched her stunning performance tonight and felt like absolute shit emojis for not supporting her obvious talent. Hearing that he and his sisters had been separated since 2010 broke my quarantined heart. I hope Mandel’s prediction of Frenchie going to the next round comes true. Click here to watch.
MAGNIFICENT AND NOTCHED ANNALIESE | Clarkson was apparently not the only person to replace an injured part this week. After injuring himself during rehearsals, Bello was forced to take a knee, leaving his daughter Annaliese to perform a series of death-defying stunts – including walking blindfolded on a burning machine several floors above the ground – using his brother as a counterweight. She succeeded, of course, but the judges could barely watch without squirming out of their chairs. Why do people submit to this ?! Click here to watch.
ROBERTA BATTAGLIA | With her viral performance of “Shallow” still fresh on the judges’ minds, expectations were high for Sofia Vergara’s Golden Buzzer selection. And the 10-year-old singer didn’t disappoint, delivering a breathtaking rendition of Lauren Daigle’s “You Say”. Clarkson roughly summed it up with his first three words: “You. Are. Unbelievable. ” Watch:
MICHAEL ME | Having recently welcomed two nieces into the world, I really enjoyed Yo’s thoughts on the pointlessness of men in the delivery room. Having said that, he totally lost me when he left in a discussion about whether he would die for his son or his wife. It was… a lot. Especially when you factor in Yo’s near-death experience with the coronavirus, a story that has me sobbing even before going on stage. Click here to watch.
DOUBLE DRAGON | “Be ready for the fuego,” they warned us. But let’s face it, nothing could have prepared us for the vision of these singing sisters on “Bang Bang”. The choregraphy. Singing. The dramatic pivot to “Taki Taki”. In short, that was it. I’ve been obsessed with Double Dragon ever since they made it rain men in their first audition and follow-up performance – complete with sparkly cowgirl costumes! – no longer loved them to me.
BRETT LOUDERMILK | This season’s primo sword swallower returned, this time begging Vergara to shoot him with a crossbow. “Is that what I’m pushing?” She asked at one point, to which he replied, “Yes, the trigger. If you weren’t already nervous, maybe you were surprised by the weapon’s apparent premature fire. ” Is he dead? Vergara asked. Fortunately, the answer was no.
ARCHIE WILLIAMS | Having already won the award for the saddest story of the season – he passed decades in prison for a crime he did not commit – Williams returned to EIGHT step Tuesday to continue fighting for his next victory. A pin could be heard falling as Williams gave the judges a powerful private performance of Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love Today”. Absolutely scary. Not a dry eye in the house.
Which of these acts will you be encouraging when the results are revealed tomorrow? And how do you think Clarkson made his first night as a judge? Note his big beginnings below, then leave a comment with more of your thoughts.