The Top 10 Performances from AGT: Season Nine

Blue Journey Semifinals

Blue Journey always treated the “AGT” audiences to incredible performances. (Photo property of NBC)

By: Jacob Elyachar,

This coming Tuesday, AcroArmy, Emily West, Mat Franco, Miguel Dakota, Quintavious Johnson and Sons of Serendip will perform one final time on the Radio City Music Hall stage.

Once the performances are done, America will decide which act will win the $1,000,000 prize and the title of winner of America’s Got Talent: Season Nine!

But, before the Top Six takes the stage, Jake’s Take is counting down the best performances from this season.

10. Anna Clendening: “Hallelujah

Our countdown kicks off with Anna Clendening! The 20-year-old suffered from severe anxiety for a good part of her life…but Anna conquered her fears and delivered one of the show’s best covers of the Leonard Cohen classic.

9. Blue Journey: Semifinals

So many dance and acrobatic acts took Radio City Music Hall by storm this season! The first dance act in our countdown is Rachel Kivighan and Nick Mishoe, who are collectively known as Blue Journey. Under the guidance of their choreographer, David Middendorp, the duo delivered some of the most astonishing performances this season. However, their routine during the Semifinals gave audiences chills as they transported viewers inside a shadow world.

8. Jonah Smith: “Stay With Me

Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is a powerful tune that has been interpreted brilliantly twice this year on NBC performance-based shows. While Josh Kaufman won The Voice: Season Six with this song, Jonah gave equally beautiful and perhaps more heartfelt take on the track by adding gospel elements to the song.

7. Aerial Animation: Quarterfinals

Abigail Baird’s beautiful and creative imagination transported audiences to multiple worlds! However, her best performance from the entire season was her appearance in the Quarterfinals. In a minute and 20 seconds, Abigail’s trip under the sea and into the desert made audiences jaws drop!

Let It Go AGT

The One Voice Children’s Choir shined when they sang their signature tune: “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” (Photo property of NBC)

6. One Voice Children’s Choir: “Let It Go

Over 100 of Salt Lake City’s best vocalists made their national debut on the America’s Got Talent stage! While I was appalled that it took Howard Stern’s begging to put them through to the Radio City Music Hall live shows, I was so happy when I heard the first few bars of their signature song: “Let It Go.” Their showmanship was impeccable; Lexi Walker’s voice shined and their stupendous harmonies gave me goose bumps.

5. Quintavious Johnson: “I’m Going Down

Quintavious Johnson’s powerful stage presence and amazing vocal chops were the two reasons that he became one of the youngest finalists in AGT history. I strongly believe that he made Mary J. Blige proud when he gave a roaring take on her 1995 hit single. Win or lose, Quintavious has a great career ahead of him!

AcroArmy's choreography and high-flying stunts kept the "AGT" audience on their seats throughout the entire season. (Photo property of NBC)

AcroArmy’s choreography and high-flying stunts kept the “AGT” audience on their seats throughout the entire season. (Photo property of NBC)

4. AcroArmy: Top 12

In all my years of watching and critiquing AGT, I have never seen an acrobatic troupe that combined both danger and entertainment so effortlessly. Throughout their journey, the troupe delivered some of the most mesmerizing routines that left me at the edge of my seat. With their Top 12 performance, AcroArmy brilliantly executed countless lifts, flips and balancing tricks that transformed them a frontrunner to win this show.

Emil and Dariel AGT Top 12

Emil and Dariel’s cover of “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” gave everyone chills. (Photo property of NBC)

3. Emil & Dariel: “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing

Ever since their audition, I always looked forward to seeing brothers Emil and Dariel breath new life into the cello! While many of my contemporaries might complain that they performed a song that has been over-performed in the history of Reality TV talented competitions, their interpretation of the Aerosmith Oscar-nominated tune moved everyone to tears!

2. Sons of Serendip: “Wicked Game” & “Ordinary World

Sons of Serendip performed two incredible songs during their run on AGT! Their arrangements of Chris Issak’s “Wicked Game” & Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” transported the audience to musical nirvana. There is no doubt that Micah is the strongest male singer this season and the combination of Kendall, Mason and Cornando’s beautiful music is what really makes this act so special.

Emily West AGT Finale

Throughout the entire show, Emily West did not disappoint and her covers of “Chandelier” and “Nights in White Satin” are her best performances on the show. (Photo property of NBC)

1. Emily West: “Chandelier” & “Nights in White Satin

If a singer wins this season, I really hope and pray that it is Emily West! Ever since both Barbara Padilla and Alice Tan Ridley appeared in Season(s) Four and Five respectively, I have been waiting for a powerhouse vocalist to sweep me off my feet! Emily’s beautiful covers of Sia’s “Chandelier” and The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” took AGT by storm and set a new level of excellence that future competitors must heed to!

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