Friday, January 25, 2019


Ever since the rise of reality competition programs on television, there has been one trend that has developed started racking up seasons over the years: returning reality contestants. These are those participants of reality programs who, whether they originally won or not, would later come back for more. Either they make an appearance in a later season of the show they joined (especially if they lost), or they join another program and be recognized there from their prior experience. Alternatively, the show might do a “champion’s edition” season reuniting some of its past winners and popular contestants, so the returnees show up in force there.
That is pretty much the intention of the mini-season spinoff “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” on NBC. And not only veterans from previous “America’s Got Talent” seasons but famous contestants from the global franchise have been assembled to battle it out in eight weeks of episodes. But for Filipino “Got Talent” followers, they might be focusing more on an achievement by Fil-American singer Angelica Hale, who first appeared in “America’s Got Talent” season 12. She advanced via golden buzzer, ultimately losing to Darci Lynne Farmer. On episode 4 of “The Champions”, she did it again.
As tells it, Angelica Hale has made “America’s Got Talent” history by becoming the first contestant to receive a golden buzzer in the competition twice, at two different outings in the franchise. Here in “The Champions”, on the episode that aired Monday, January 21, the young singing dynamo from Atlanta, Georgia impressed regular “AGT” judge Howie Mandel with her take on “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. It was, in Angelica’s own words, a strategic choice for her performance. “I wanted to send a message, telling them this is my fight song and I can put up a fight!” she said. “I’m going to fight for my place on ‘Champions’.”
Hale pretty much needed the confident declaration of her fighting spirit in this segment of “America’s Talent: The Champions”. Her fellow competitors in this batch of veterans include viral “Britain’s Got Talent” opera singer Paul Potts, magicians and illusionists like Jon Dorenbos and Darcy Oake, extreme roller-skaters Billy and Emily England, stunt duo Ryan Stock and AmberLynn, standup comedian Tom Cotter and character singer Prince Poppycock, among others. While Angelica got the round’s gold buzzer, Potts received the highest votes resulting in the two of them advancing to the finals.
Angelica Hale’s original outing in “America’s Got Talent” season 12 had her singing “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys. For this she was advanced by guest judge Chris Hardwick pressing the golden buzzer. As stated earlier, she made it to the finals where she placed second to puppeteer Darci Lynne.
Image courtesy of ABS-CBN News


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