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We may be witnessing a global pandemic and an increasingly chaotic presidential race, but one thing we can count on: America’s Got Talent will continue to be broadcast. That’s right, not even a nationwide lockdown can stop the juggernaut that this long-running reality contest is – and in the episode last night, one performance stood out.
WAFFLE are a Bronx underground dance crew who were awarded the Golden Summer by Judge Simon Cowell during their audition and promoted them to the quarterfinals. The crowd finally caught up with the dancers this week as they demonstrated their skills and made a convincing plea to take them to the semi-finals.
Their performance was preceded by an emotionally overwhelmed introduction in which the group talked about how much this opportunity means to them, especially amid the nationwide upheaval of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter and frankly the fingerprints of an exploitative reality are everywhere in this segment to see the heavy hands of the TV producer. But that’s not the dancer’s fault; They are playing the game they need to win. And as their performance shows, they play heavy.
On an abandoned soundstage that looks too much like New York City’s ghost town during lockdown, WAFFLE broke out of a walkup to ‘Party Up (Up In Here)’ by DMX. What followed was a dazzling display of strength and athleticism, not to mention some jaw-dropping double-joint stunts, aided by expert camera work that followed the team down the facsimile street and a replica of a subway car.
One of the obstacles this season was to capture the energy of a performance for home viewers without a live audience, and WAFFLE succeeded in doing so.
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“It felt like an old Hollywood musical to me, but it just got modern,” said judge Heidi Klum, while Sofia Vergara called her act “the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time”. And Howie Mandel said that Simon Cowell, who was absent due to an injury, was “absolutely right” to give the crew a place in the quarterfinals, praising them for their energy and passion as well as their dance moves.
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