It’s the final week of performances before the semi-finals of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and the Aug. 20 show was — without a doubt — the best one yet!
After weeks of incredible performances, America’s Got Talent has arrived at its final 12 acts before the semi-finals. The Aug. 20 live episode included sibling rivalry, soulful singing, and one performance that one judge said could not be followed. Take a look at HollywoodLife.com’s top five favorite performance from the final dozen talents!
Top 5 Performances Of Aug. 20
5. John Wing
This 53-year-old comedian had just the right amount of dry wit and sarcasm to change up a night filled with sequins and songs. What we love about John’s act is that it’s grounded in realism, he doesn’t have to rely on celebrity voices to bring life to his act. The judges praised his performance. Mel B said he was “bloody funny” and Howie Mandel even gave him a standing ovation.
4. Virginia State University Gospel Chorale
Let’s just take a moment to praise this soulful gospel group. This group totally brought out the spirit and soul to Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.” Their energy is unmatchable, you can’t help but clap your hands with them. Not only is their group as a whole fantastic, but their solos are amazing as well. Mel B said it best about this gospel chorale: “Your energy is just on point…I wanted to jump out of my seat and join you!” So did we, Mel B. In fact, we may have done just that.
3. Dave Fenley
This seemingly rough around the edges singer totally nailed his rendition of Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble.” Dave’s soothing, raspy voice coupled with his touching performance made for one of the best acts of the night. Howard Stern and Heidi Klum both thought he did a fantastic job. The only critique that Howie had was that Dave try and dress better. Seriously, Howie? Dave has one of the most unique, original voices on the show. He doesn’t need to change one thing.
2. D’Angelo & Amanda
Talk about fierce! As if the stakes weren’t high enough for the competition, but D’Angelo is also competing for a spot against his sister! However, D’Angelo took the lead against his little sister tonight. D’Angelo and his partner brought down the house in a heart-stopping performance. The intensity and focus both of them had was just incredible, especially for being so young. Howie called their performance, “beautiful, perfect, precise” and Mel B said it was “flawless.” This case of sibling rivalry is one we can’t stop watching.
1. Catapult Entertainment
Closing out the night was the Catapult Entertainment dance group. Dancing entirely with their shadows, this group stole the show with their poignant and visually stunning performance dedicated to the Newtown families. From a castle to a bicycle to an entire journey of life, this group’s talent is truly unparalleled. All of the judges and the audience were on their feet in praise of Catapult. Heidi fittingly said it was the “best act of the night.” Howie loved the fact that they were the final act of the night and even declared, “I promise you that there isn’t anyone who has performed on this stage that could follow you.” Wow, that’s a strong statement. However, we kind of agree. After tonight, Catapult has made themselves unforgettable in this competition.
So HollywoodLifers, what did YOU think of tonight’s acts? Which one was your favorite? Let us know!
WATCH: Catapult Entertainments Tells A Beautiful Visual Story
Demi’s special day wouldn’t be complete without a birthday wish from her on-again, off-again boyfriend Wilmer. Read on for all the romantic details about Wilmer’s super sweet tweet to Demi!
Wilmer Valderrama certainly isn’t afraid to show Demi Lovato how much he adores her. The That ’70s Show alum sent an emotional “Happy Birthday” message to the singer for the whole wide world to see on her 21st birthday!
Wilmer Valderrama Tweets Demi Lovato Birthday Message — Dating Again?
On August 20, Wilmer took to his Twitter page to express his affection and admiration for The X Factor judge.
“I’ve been so proud of the strength & commitment you’ve gained 4 life, keep inspiring us all! Happy birthday my @ddlovato! With & by u always,” Wilmer tweeted.
It’s been rumored that Demi and Wilmer have been secretly dating ever since they were spotted having a romantic dinner together in Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day.
“They ordered almost everything on the menu, but they didn’t touch it for at least an hour. They stared into each other’s eyes the whole time,” an eyewitness told US Weekly.
Between the romantic dinner and Wilmer’s gushing tweet, it certainly seems like the former couple is back on — or at least they should be!
Wilmer Valerrama Is Demi Lovato’s Biggest Supporter
We told you Wilmer proved his love for Demi even more by standing by her side when her father Patrick Lovato, 53, passed away on June 24.
“[Wilmer] is her rock and he has been in constant contact with her, both by text and in person, during this difficult time and he'll continue to be her shoulder to cry on," an insider revealed to us EXCLUSIVELY.
Wilmer and Demi clearly love and respect each other so much, which is rare to find. We hope they will make their relationship official soon!
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers, is Wilmer the sweetest friend ever to Demi? Should the two reunite and start dating again?
Chris tweeted a powerful message about love on August 20, but did he diss his ex Rihanna in the process? Keep reading to find out all the details!
Chris Brown gave his fans on Twitter something to think about when he posted some wise words about how love is supposed to come from the heart. Chris’ message may seem positive at first glance, but after a closer look, it sounds like he could be calling out his ex Rihannafor using him!
Chris Brown Dissing Rihanna While Tweeting Love Advice? — Read The Tweet
On August 20, Chris tweeted, ”Love ya self for what u do out of ya heart. Don’t love someone for what they do for you becuz 9 times outta 10 it’s for a come up.”
Chris is saying that you should love people who do things for you out of the goodness of their own hearts, not because they expect something from you in return.
This is a great lesson for Chris, 24, to learn, but is he implying that his on-again, off-again love Rihanna, 25, only does nice things for him because she expects him to return the favor? Does he think she is using him or has used him in the past?
Chris has been going through a rough time lately, and maybe he is mad at Rihanna for not reaching out to see if he’s okay. Rihanna seemed genuinely worried about Chris when he had a seizure recently, but if she kept those concerns to herself, we can see why he would be offended and think she’s a fair-weather friend.
Chris Brown Disses Rihanna: I Never Liked You As a Friend
This wouldn’t be the first time Chris dissed Rihanna on Twitter — the once passionate exes have been sparring over social media with pointed messages for weeks. On August 5, Chris tweeted, "How do u build a house without a foundation???? Friendship brings the trust and love stronger. You have to like a person to love them!"
Chris seemed to be sending a message to Rihanna that he never liked her as a friend, and that his relationship with Karrueche Tran is built on a much stronger foundation.
On the last episode before the summer finale, another enemy was revealed — and it’s someone we already know!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: No good can possibly come from line dancing! The residents of Rosewood learned this first-hand on the Aug. 20 episode of Pretty Little Liars, as Red Coat haunted the school’s hoedown and had everyone shaking in their cowboy boots. Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) were eventually able to track down the garment, but sadly, its owner was long gone. … And who is that owner?
Why, none other than CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray)! I guess I shouldn’t have been too shocked by this revelation, but I’ll admit to getting chills when the camera panned away from her, revealing the red coat waiting patiently beside her on a chair. We also saw CeCe spying on Aria (Lucy Hale) and Ezra (Ian Harding) at the end of the episode, which was super creepy.
She may look like Ke$ha, queen of the unicorns, but make no mistake — CeCe Drake is a shady lady.
The New Caleb?
Speaking of shady characters, Hanna (Ashley Benson) got weirdly cozy with a dude named Travis, whose family owns the towing company that was called to pull Wilden’s car out of the lake. “A” slipped him a butt-load of cash to keep quiet about seeing a blonde running through the woods that night, which he, in turn, gave to Hanna to help her mom.
Travis may be easy on the eyes, but I really hope he’s not being introduced as a subtle replacement for Caleb (Tyler Blackburn), who only has one more episode before he heads to Ravenswood for good. No one can replace that majestic head of hair; Hanna needs to become a nun and never make eye contact with another boy for as long as she lives.
In slightly less dramatic news, Jake (Ryan Guzman) and Ezra finally came face-to-handsome-face this week, and their interaction was… oddly pleasant. No fists were thrown, no icy glares were exchanged. There was, however, an unspoken hair battle between Jake’s short new ‘do and Ezra’s surprising scruff. Both were winners in my book.
As the episode progressed, Jake continued to prove himself to be the perfect human. He bought Aria a pair of bitchin’ cowboy boots, he danced like a damn DWTS pro at the hoedown, and he gave Ezra some real-talk advice about how to not look like such a creeper.
But am I the only one who can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to Jake than we know? On this show, when someone seems too good to be true, they usually are. (Seriously, how the “A” did Jake know Aria’s shoe size?)
Lastly, but certainly not least, Emily and Paige (Lindsey Shaw) used the hoedown as an opportunity to rekindle their romance. They’ve been going through a rough patch lately, and a nice slow dance was just what the doctor ordered.
Can you believe it? An actual happy couple. On this show! Surely, something horrible is going to happen to them very soon.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of this week’s episode? Are you as worried about Jake as I am? And what are your predictions about next week’s finale? Drop a comment with your theories and reviews!
The man who fired shots at a Georgia elementary school on August 20 has been identified as 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill. Read on for more details.
Michael Brandon Hill is suspected of firing at at least half a dozen shots at the Ronald E McNair Discover Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia. Michael, who is in police custody, is facing charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Michael Brandon Hill Charged In Shooting Of Georgia Elementary School
Officials say Michael may have slipped in behind an employee at the elementary school before confronting staff members at approximately 1 p.m.
When police arrived at the scene, Michael shot at the officers, who returned fire when it was safe to do so, DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said.
Michael surrendered shortly after, and thankfully, no one was injured in this terrible gun scare.
"When we received the call and we engaged, he started to fire from inside the school at our officers. He had one or two of the staff members inside the main office. He was holding them captive," Cedric said. He added that Michael had multiple guns in his possession, including an AK-47.
Immediate Response To The Scene In Decatur, Georgia
Multiple shots were fired inside the charter school for grades Pre-K through 5th grade, witnesses on the scene told police. Officials immediately responded to the scene and entered the school as the students were evacuated.
Scary pictures have come forward of students running out of the elementary school. The kids were seen gathered outside the school, near the buses in the parking lot, and firefighters cut a hole in a nearby home so children could evacuate school grounds through the back of the house.
"We could not bring the children around to the front of the school because we didn't know if explosives were in the vehicle," Cedric said. "Now, this deviates from our typical plan, but this was a very unusual situation, where we had to get the kids away from any possible explosives."
Luckily, the children had been trained to deal with emergency incidents like this, in light of past school shootings like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, reports CNN. The quick thinking among the faculty, staff, and students likely prevented this from escalating.
How sweet! Not long after Liam announced that his old school chum Sophia is now officially his girlfriend, the new couple attended the afterparty for the One Direction film This Is Us together. Read on for more details about their romantic date!
Liam Payne Dating Sophia Smith — New Girlfriend Was Childhood Friend
It’s so sweet that Liam appears to be keeping Sophia, 24, close and protecting her from the crowd in these photos. It’s no wonder Liam doesn’t want to let this brunette beauty go after how long he’s waited to be with her — Sophia is rumored to have turned him down 22 times in the past!
Sophia and Liam both wore black for the event, with Liam donning a sexy leather jacket over his shirt and tie, and Sophia sporting a form-fitting black dress with purple accents. We know Liam-lovers won’t like to hear this, but Liam and Sophia look like the perfect couple in these pics!
We hope everything works out for them!
Liam Payne Dating Sophia Smith — New Girlfriend Was Childhood Friend
To the disappointment of fans everywhere, Liam confessed to his new relationship during a press junket for One Direction‘s movie This Is Us, according to Oh No They Didn’t!
While Liam said he and Sophia haven’t been dating long, sources say he ”has really fallen for her. It's getting very serious, very fast.” We can understand the attraction — Sophia is absolutely stunning! Liam also likes the fact that his former schoolmate knew him before he became famous — that’s what makes her beautiful to him!
Liam is so smitten with Sophia that he flew his new flame 5,000 miles to Los Angeles recently to watch One Direction perform. Now that’s true love!
Liam went to school with Sophia at St Peter's Collegiate School in England, and they were also recently spotted partying at London's Funky Buddha club, according to The Mirror.
We hope Liam and Sophia last! There’s something so romantic about Liam finally getting to date the girl he pined over for so long during his schoolboy days.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will Liam and Sophia last? Let us know!
After Lucas, 19, addressed his sexuality for the first time in his latest vlog, fans took to Twitter to voice their support for the Nickelodeon star.
Lucas Cruikshank, who shot to YouTube stardom via his hyperactive “Fred” persona, confirmed that he’s gay in his latest video on August 20. ”My family and friends have known for, like, three years,” he says in the video. “I just haven’t felt the need to announce it on the internet.”
Well, now that he has, his followers on Twitter are coming forward to show Lucus some love! Read on to see what they had to say.
Lucas Cruikshank Comes Out As Gay – Fans Show Their Support On Twitter
So many fans tweeted at Lucas on August 20 to tell them how proud they are of him. What a heartwarming display!
@bricepope621m: @LucasCruikshank so much respect for that! Im giving you all my support! :)
@harto: Props to @LucasCruikshank for taking a step in the right direction. Time to celebrate! :)
@buckhollywood: @LucasCruikshank love you. Proud of you.
@ChrisCrocker: I think it’s great @LucasCruikshank is open. It’ll show younger people you can be an out gay actor & get work. Applause for him
@alexthemagix: So @LucasCruikshank has come out of the closet. Other breaking news: sky is blue, grass is green, etc. ;) Just kidding, good on him! #Fred
@Radiofixr2m: @LucasCruikshank you are so awesome and a braver soul than me-very proud of you
Lucas even got a very special private Twitter message from singer and gay icon Cher, who told Lucas, “proud of you!” How sweet! Lucas was so excited about the message that he posted a picture of it to Twitter with the caption “What!?!?”
Lucas tweeted in response to all of his less famous fans, “I honestly love you all so much. Your support is everything and I’m glad you liked the video ☺”
Lucas must feel so safe and loved. We’re so glad he’s fans are supporting him!
Lucas Cruikshank Comes Out As Gay
In the video posted on August 20, Lucas revealed he’s gay, suggesting that it shouldn’t come as such a shock.
“When you first met me, did you know I was gay?” he asks his friend Jennifer Veal, to which she responds “yeah” without even a hint of hesitation.
Aside from his popularity on YouTube, Lucas also starred on the short-lived Nickelodeon sitcom Marvin Martian from 2012 to 2013. He reportedly left Nickelodeon in June 2013.
HollywoodLifers, are you proud of Lucas too? Watch his special announcement below, then drop a comment with your thoughts!
Kristen seems to think that Rob is taking their breakup lightly, but a source close to R-Patz says this is not the case at all. Read on for all of the EXCLUSIVE details on how Rob is really feeling!
Robert Pattinson has been spotted out partying with friends in Hollywood quite a bit lately, so we can understand why his ex Kristen Stewart would get the impression that he doesn’t have a care in the world after their sad split. However, looks can be deceiving, and we’re told Rob really does care about losing Kristen!
Robert Pattinson Sad After Kristen Stewart Break-Up — He’s Still Hurting
Rob, 27, may be putting on a brave face, but he’s still hurting on the inside.
“Contrary to what Kristen believes, Rob is not taking their breakup lightly,” a friend of Rob’s tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He just doesn’t show his emotions openly. He’s an introverted guy, especially when it comes to relationships.”
“He’s not one to open up and blab about what’s going on,” explains the insider. “He’s also very English and keeps to himself.”
From everything we know about Rob, that does make a lot of sense. Everyone has their own way of handling heartache, and it seems Rob is determined to keep his feelings to himself.
Rob has also been doing a great job distracting himself from Kristen, 23. In addition to filming Maps to the Stars, the Twilight stud has been making his music career his number one priority, and working with some top names in the music industry.
"He's heavily invested in his music career and it will only be a matter of time that he has a number one hit on his hands,” a source close to Rob revealed. “He's that talented and that passionate about making this happen. Rob is a very humble, deep, thoughtful person and music is his way of expressing his authentic self."
Who knows, maybe Rob will express his feelings about Kristen through his music, too!
Kristen Stewart Spotted at LAX Airport Looking Sad
A source close to Kristen revealed to us EXCLUSIVELY:
Kristen isn't happy that Rob has seemed to be so carefree filming his next movie, going out all of the time, etc. Does she want him to live a happy life? Of course. But she wishes it looked like he was suffering a bit more. She feels like her exhaustion and heartbreak as a result of the situation is written all over her face, and she feels betrayed that it looks like he's totally cool with everything. It's a cycle of depression for her.
Poor Kristen! We can understand why she feels so hurt, but she knows Rob better than anyone and she should take comfort in knowing that he’s not one to wear his heart on his sleeve.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Who is suffering more over their split, Rob or Kristen?