AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS -- "The Champions Finals" Episode 106 -- Pictured: Angelica Hale -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)
Photo: NBC/Jordin Althaus/NBC
Photo: NBC/Jordin Althaus/NBC

Suwanee’s Angelica Hale in finals of ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’

Originally posted Monday, February 11, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Suwanee’s Angelica Hale competed tonight on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” with the appropriately titled song “Impossible.”

The chances of the 11 year old winning this competition against the likes of Susan Boyle, Paul Potts and Darci Lynne Farmer are  relatively impossible. (There is no public voting this time. This was all pre recorded.)

Not that Angelica was bad. She was, in fact, excellent. It’s just the competition is that steep with 11 other acts from around the world. 
Mel B, who criticized her during her initial audition but now said: “I could see how committed you were... It was absolutely brilliant.”

Simon said, “You really really wanted this.” 

The winner will be named next Monday. This will be the final time we see Mel B and Heidi Klum as judges. They will be replaced this summer with Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union. And Terry Crews passed the audition: after doing “Champions,” he will become the regular summer host. 

MJ’s Big Blog polled its fans and Darci Lynne came in No. 1. Angelica came in a respectable fifth place out of 12 with about 11 percent of the votes. Darci beat runner-up Angelica in 2017 on “AGT.”

Here are the other 11 competitors;

Preacher Lawson, comic (season 12 finalist): I didn’t like him during his original season but he is better now. Still, AGT is not the best venue for stand up. It’s simply not enough time...

Shin Lim - magician - The season 13 “AGT” winner is such a nice dude and it shows. Plus, his tricks are mesmerizing without being cheesy. It just works. 

Christina Ramos - singer from “Spain’s Got Talent” - This is a super stylized version of “Call Me.” Not subtle. 

Darci Lynne - singing ventriloquist - The season 12 winner uses Petunia to sing opera! Wow! Simon said it was her best performance ever. 

Deadly Games - knife throwers - The season 11 semifinals start with a few mistakes but end strong by shooting an arrow through balloons held by the host and the judges. It actually works. 

Kechi - singer - The season 12 finalist and Simon Golden Buzzer pick sings a pretty version of Sia’s “Opportunity.” 

Brian Justin Crum - singer - The season 11 finalist does a lovely rendition of “Never Enough.” But was it enough?

Jon Dorenbos - magician - The season 11 finalist did some cool callbacks from previous tricks that worked effectively. Entertaining stuff!

Kseniya Simonova – Sand Artist  - The Ukraine’s Got Talent winner tells a touching story about loss and love via sand art. It works. 

Paul Potts - opera singer - The Britain’s Got Talent season one winner does pop opera well and naturally, operatics have always done well on these talent shows. It evokes emotions and makes us pop culture plebeians feel cultured. 

Susan Boyle - singer - The season 3 “Britain’s Got Talent” runner up became a viral sensation and sold millions of albums. Her under-dog status continues even after all her success. She decided to bring back the song that made her famous. It lacks the surprise of the initial audition and feels like she has done this 1,000 times - which she has. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.