10 "America's Got Talent" Acts That Are Sure to Go Far

10 "America's Got Talent" Acts That Are Sure to Go Far

These people are truly EXCEPTIONAL.

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NBC's longest-running talent show is at the halfway point of its 13th season, and as I always get when I watch season after season, I am super impressed. As the acts are getting past the initial audition process and being cut down to less and less, hoping to get into the live shows, I have some predictions for who is going to make it far.

Note: These predictions come from last week's "Judge's Cuts" as well as the week before and the auditions that have yet to come to the next round.

Another quick note: I wrote this directly after "Judges' Cuts," so the latest videos of some of the acts are not included. I trust you'll find someone you want to see more of and my links can direct you to the proper avenues.

1. Duo Transcend

This husband/wife duo is not only extremely talented, but managed to make such an impresson on the judges that even after a major drop, the danger and artistry was memorable enough from the first audition and thrilling enough from the second to warrant being put into the live shows. I'm curious to see what will come next.

2. Joseph O'Brien

This singer, besides being super adorable, has a voice that is still blossoming. The judges saw something in Joseph that was on the brink of excellence, and with last week's "Judges Cuts," performance being CUT OFF midway, and the performance directed towards another song on the spot, HE STILL MANAGED TO GET THROUGH.

I think redemption is going to be a major theme for this talented 20-year-old. And I'm so excited to see what he'll sing next (the judges have warned him about song choice now, so he'll have to be careful).

3. Vicky Barbolak

This performer not only has a funny, somewhat dark sense of humor, but she has made all 4 of the judges laugh and got guest judge Olivia Munn to rethink her Golden Buzzer a bit. in "Judges Cuts." A lot of her jokes are geared towards being a parent and how she has struggled to make a living, but I am still ready to see what Howie's "best comedian of the season" will do when America gets to vote.

4. Makayla Phillips

Not that this is a HUGE factor, but 15-year-old Phillips soared on every high note of Demi Lovato's ballad "Warrior," and she was the last Golden Buzzer of the audition portion (picked by Heidi Klum), which means she technically has a bit less time to prepare for the live show than other acts. With her vocal talent, I doubt it will be much of an issue, but it'll be interesting to see how she stacks up to the other singers (and there were a lot of them this season).

5. Rob Lake

This illusionist caught me in the feels with his first performance on AGT when he said he had dropped out of college to pursue his dream, and if he isn't successful, he'll be returning home to Oklahoma to work in his family furniture store. Not that working with his parents would be a bad thing, but his first illusion was STELLAR, and it would be upsetting to see him be unsuccessful with what he really wants to do.

Lake was told during his first performance that the set-up took too long, and with his "Judges' Cuts" performance, he made it snappy and quick but was told it was a bit corny for Simon's taste, though the illusion was AMAZING. (Find the video if you can. I screamed, and so did my mom.)

What's even more interesting is that his main competition, Shin Lim (a close-up magician), also made it through. It's going to be a showdown to witness, for sure.

6. Junior New System

This group has everything- an inspiring story, talent for days, and sparkly high heels. This dance group goes above and beyond, landing flips in boots I wouldn't even think about attempting (I can barely WALK in heels, let alone dance in them). I have seen a lot of dance groups, and a few that feature men strutting their stuff in heels, but I have never seen anything like this. SO fun, and they're getting better and better, so who knows what they'll bring next time!

7. Michael Ketterer

I won't lie to you- I judged this man by his cover first (he's got the glasses and the plaid and the cute/hot dad thing going on), and he had just said in his testimonial that he was a father of 6, so I was intruiged, to say the least.

As soon as he got into the good portion of his audition song, I knew he was going to be a Golden Buzzer. I'm SO ready to see what he brings to the live shows, because he has a raw, gritty quality to his voice with such a gentle quality weaved into it that it's going to be different than a lot of the other voices on the show. There are becoming less and less male singers on the show, but even so, I am sure he'd have no trouble giving other acts a run for their money.

8. Oliver Graves

Another confession- Oliver Graves is adorable, but you have to look past the appearance he gives for a moment. His black wig, makeup, and ripped red sweater make him hard to look past, but seeing him break down when he got his 4 "yes" votes after his audition tore at my heartstrings.

He's unique, has a dark sense of humor, and had some VERY relatable, stupid jokes that made me laugh long after he was done.

9. Angel City Chorale

I'm always down to hear a good choir. In fact, I would argue I root for choirs and chorales more than other groups, since I was in one from sixth to twelfth grade. That being said, this group is above average in every way. Their versions of "Africa" by Weezer and "Baba Yetu" had me shivering from beginning to end, and they weave choreography into every performance, so it's always fun, always unique, and you never quite know what they'll do next.

(PS. They are the most recent Golden Buzzer, so they are ingrained in the judges' minds. I'm curious to see if America will like them as much.)

10. Zurcaroh

The day after this dance group went on the show, Facebook was buzzing with this video- and it hasn't stopped yet. Not even with over a month since this was on, Zucaroh's dramatic, stunning performance is still being passed around. America has a liking for this group for sure, and I hope they can step it up the way the judges have been demanding of the other groups, because they are AMAZING, and I want them to go really far (and with their skill, I think they could make it pretty far).

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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This Is What You Can Learn About Blame From An Inmate On Death Row

Go out, accept your responsibility, and make your lot better than you found it. And stop whining.

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While the number of murder series available on Netflix may seem mildly worrisome at first glance, such shows have captivated a range of audiences worldwide. I for one have also been a big proponent of crime/mystery/murder docuseries and docudramas, so I was immediately drawn in by Netflix's recent addition I AM A KILLER. Yes, it is in all caps.

The drama of an all-caps-title is rightfully given as it tells the stories of inmates on death row—both from the perspective of the inmate and others involved with their life and/or trial.

While many inmates interviewed attempt to dismiss the accusations afforded them with "It's a blur" or "You have to understand, it wasn't my idea," even more surprising is the degree of accountability many maintain.

The first episode opens on James Robertson, an inmate who after decades in prison purposefully murdered his cellmate (who he claims was a pedophile) in order to be put on death row. As this premeditated murder proved futile in his attempt for the death sentence, he took it to court where he eventually was given capital punishment.

After growing up in a broken home with drug abusing parents, Robertson found himself in and out of state penitentiaries from a very young age. After decades of prison it appeared he would never find himself free again.

Chilling as his interviews were, the viewer can't help but sympathize with Robertson to a certain extent as he appears calm, charismatic, and all-accepting.

Toward the end of the episode, Robertson muses on how he's come to accept his fate. The simple answer? Blame. He no longer blames anyone but himself:

"I was bitter when I was always blaming everybody else for... the way my life turned out and stuff. But I stopped doing that. And as a matter of principle, I gotta—I got to face the music.

I got to man up. I don't like hearing other people whine or talk about blaming the world and everything for all their problems. Life ain't always fair. People always saying, talking about how unfair the world is and stuff, ain't nobody ever said life was meant to be fair, ain't nobody up, up on a cloud wearing a robe and cane...saying 'I'm gonna make everything fair.' They, they ain't like that, man. You know? People just gotta accept that, man. You know? You're always trying to make the world...a better place, you know...ain't nothing perfect."

Although perhaps poorly worded, I found it pretty incredible to hear someone charged with capital murder, awaiting their turn to be executed, so calmly elucidate on blame. Regardless of how you feel about the death penalty, there's something refreshing about hearing a murderer admit his responsibility, rather than find a scapegoat for his past decisions.

Today it appears no one wants to assume onus for anything. There is a constant game of "he said," "she did," "I don't know," etc… There has become a lack of responsibility in our society that needs to be addressed, whether it be big or small.

I think back on the times I've attempted to place the blame elsewhere, and the times I've owned up to my actions. The latter has always left me feeling better about myself than the prior.

Rightfully accepting one's share in the blame has become an attribute so few adults, young and old, possess in today's society. This bleeds into other necessary aspects of life, such as the ability to apologize and sympathize. So many people complain about life being unfair, blaming everyone and everything but themselves. The fact of the matter is, whining won't change a damn thing, action will.

If someone who committed a heinous crime can accept the blame, why can't you accept your own? As Robertson points out, life isn't always fair, so who are you to curse the world? Go out, accept your responsibility, and make your lot better than you found it.

Pride and respect can be found in one's own acceptance, regardless the magnitude.

As for James Robertson, when asked "How do you want to be remembered?" he replied "Somebody that always speaks the truth."

It would appear we can all learn a little bit about responsibility from this man sentenced to death.

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