Vocal talents have made their mark on “America's Got Talent” this season, and now that the finalists have been chosen, it’s going to be a singing shootout to the title for the top contenders. Age, beauty, and both creative choices have all been part of an amazing handful of singers.
Mara Justine made her way through to the finals with the voters’ instant save, and the 12-year-old can't help but tug at heartstrings with her genuine pre-teen heart, and the heaping support of her mom and siblings. She has the chops to take on Kelly Clarkson, but she has immense competition even in her own age range, because Quintavious Johnson has had the golden touch, along with the corresponding jacket. He locked up his finals spot by singing Etta James’ “I'd Rather Go Blind” with passion that belies any definition of his chronological age. His audition channeled Broadway and Jennifer Holliday, and his smile and unbridled spirit only solidify that he’s in this until the top two!
Howard Stern has issues with Miguel Dakota, but the only issue the screaming audiences have with the wood chopper turned heartthrob is how they can get their hands on the hair he hides underneath the knit cap that he tossed away so perfectly for dramatic effect during his “Seven Nation Army” semifinals offering. He has no trouble with spreading the charisma, ever willing to share a selfie on the street. Howie Mandel has pronounced him the proxy winner of the title already, having the “whole package” of appeal that trumps the elusive “connection with the song” that Stern ever laments. With sensibilities to sing something from the Beatles’ glory to the charts today, he could sell albums tomorrow, so whether he takes the title likely doesn't matter. He will have more time to prepare for those cover shoots free from steeper contract obligation.
Emily West started her singing career 15 years ago, aiming to be the Nashville discovery of her time. She has taken pains from real life to pull into her range, and make her passion more believable, performing “Chandelier” full out in the open, unlike its composer, Cia, and her glamorous torch look seems to exemplify every line of the lyric as a testimony. Her transformation of “Who Wants to Live Forever” from Queen closer to her own striking statement of victory left an impression. Can her call back to Hollywood's heyday continue to keep her current for the voters? She definitely impresses the panel, but those persuasions can press keyboard buttons now. Sons of Serendip have earned their position through pure artistry and indisputable musicianship, but sadly, those factors don’t measure the merit deserved in a star-of-the-minute society.
Singers fill more than a quarter of the final slots, so it's a good bet that at least one of them will be the competition’s winner, and the rest will have won new careers.