Wednesday marked the end of the line for the two remaining Chicago acts hoping to win the $1 million prize next week on “America’s Got Talent.”
The high-flying tumbling troupe Chicago Boyz stumbled some in Tuesday’s performance but stuck the landing with an impressive five-person pyramid jump rope. But that wasn’t enough to drum up the votes needed to advance to next week’s finals.
The member who messed up was clearly torn up about it, saying he’d blame himself if the Chicago Boyz didn’t get to the finals.
“It wasn’t his fault that they didn’t get through,” judge Mel B said as the team waved to the audience and walked off stage for the last time. “They’re a great group. This competition is very tough.”
The good news for Chicago fans is they can catch the Chicago Boyz in action at 7 p.m. Friday
at Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne.
Talented tenor Branden James brought the judges to their feet Tuesday with “Hallelujah,” but he, too, didn’t get enough viewer votes.
James, 35, made sure to thank his employer, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, “for being so supportive.” He’s sung in Lyric’s chorus since the 2010-11 season, and before that, sang in choruses of the Metropolitan Opera (2008-10) and Los Angeles Opera (2006-07).After hearing the disappointing results, James said it was his dream to sing at Radio City Music Hall and, thanks to the show, he got to do it three times.
“I cannot wait to get home and hug that little puppy of mine and give my partner Billy a big kiss,” said the Lincoln Park singer, who talked on the show about the struggles of growing up gay in a conservative family in California.
The six acts who will be going to the finals: Cami Bradley, Collins Key, Forte, Jimmy Rose, Kenichi Ebina and Taylor Williamson.