"America's Got Talent" Season 9 has already had its fair share of great singing talent. Some have even come with extremely sympathetic backstories. But on Tuesday night, the judges were treated to several more talented music acts, as was recapped by Hollywood Life June 17. There was even an amazing "Susan Boyle Moment" when four oh-so-boring computer geeks stepped out on to the stage.
Viewers were given a brief snapshot of the guys, all sitting around with their laptops open and typing away. They're computer tech and support people. They're Asian Americans. And they probably couldn't get any more steretypically geeky if they had tried. They did say that they thought they were born to be singers and would like to get away from their boring daytime jobs.
Needless to say, viewers at home probably weren't holding out much hope for the quartet...
And when they walked out on stage, Judge Mel B asked them what they what they called themselves. "Legaci" was the answer. Why? "Just sounded like a great name," a second guy said. (To which millions at home were rolling their eyes, knowing that this act was going to be a bust. Really? Computer techie geeks without presentation skills? A sure fail.) Then Mel B asked them to say a little bit about themselves. All they did was introduce themselves and tell the panel what they did for a living. But one tells the judges that he feels this is what he's meant to do (although he messes up, says "belong to do," but, hey, he's nervous, on television, live, on stage, you know).
Judge Howard Stern was looking restless. He leaned over, told Mel B, "Good thing you asked them to talk a little bit about themselves..."
Judge Mel B just rolled her eyes.
And then the four guys started singing. Really singing. Like, professionally trained, harmonically controlled, pitch-perfect singing. It was an amazing thing. A transformative experience. Legaci did sound great. Maybe even cool -- or cooler than cool.
Performing Smokey Robinson and The Miracles' "Who's Lovin' You," Legaci brought down the house.
Judge Howard was looking around theatrically, as if to ask, "Where's that sound coming from? Certainly not from the four guys on stage?"
Judge Heidi Klum just smiled and propped her head in her hands as if mesmerized.
Judge Howie Mandel and the audience gave Legacy a standing ovation.
Judge Howard Stern started the critiques by first saying he owed Mel B an apology. Confessing to what he'd said to her prior to Legaci's performance, he added that their "life story" was the "most boring, horrible, computer boring story I've ever heard. It was the most brilliant marketing ploy ever. I said, the four most brutally boring people in the world open their mouths to sing and you were god-like!"
When it was her turn, Mel B admitted to having a sixth sense about these things. Howard threw up his hands and noted that one couldn't compliment the former Spice Girls singer because she then took it and made it into something it wasn't. (Then the two engaged in a "no you don't," "yes, I do" argument.)
Legaci, of course, made it through to the next round.
All competitions that involve singing have at least one "Susan Boyle Moment" each season these days. (For those unfamiliar with the "Susan Boyle Moment," there was a time when Susan Boyle was not an internationally famous pop standard singer -- only an unemployed spinster living in Scotland. But then she got the courage to walk on stage on "Britain's Got Talent" -- and shocked the world. Thus was born the "Susan Boyle Moment.") And it never ceases to amaze. Even when you get the feeling you're being set up for one -- which does not happen with good editing. On "America's Got Talent" Tuesday night, there was good editing.
"America's Got Talent" airs on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. (EST) on NBC Television. However, on Sunday, June 22, a special "America's Got Talent" presentation will air at 9 p.m.