The second week of America’s Got Talent: All Stars took place Monday, and this week’s 10 contenders included many familiar faces and fan favorites — including a true winner, Season 16 magician Dustin Tavella, and the contestant many viewers thought should have been that season’s winner, runner-up aerialist Aidan Bryant.
But more about that rivalry later. Bryant definitely had some unfinished business this week, but so did bootylicious rapper Tone the Chiefrocca, a proud near-hit marvel who never got a chance to perform for any amount of time. AGT when he first competed ten years ago.
‘When we found out Simon would be here – the man who know music – we knew we had to be here because ‘B-Double-OT-Y’ is the yummmmm‘ Tone explained on Monday.
When Inglewood’s Tone the Chiefrocca, flanked by his little brother/hypeman DJ ColyCole, AGT in Season 8, he unashamedly stated, “My dream is to be a one-hit wonder.” And while he only made it to the semi-finals that season, he did it by performing “B-Double-OTY.” three times — which was pretty impressive, if you really think about it — and he sort of got his wish. “B-Double-OTY” even reached No. 1. Mind you, it was No. 1 for two days…on iTunes’ Music for children chart, due to a technical error. (“My cousin uploaded it wrong,” Chiefrocca shrugged.) But hey, that still counts. It’s more than most artists ever get.
Anyway, current at the time All stars judges Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum were on the panel, but Cowell was not. That was a Howard Stern season and Stern voted against Chiefrocca in the quarterfinals. Judge Mel B saved Tone and put him through as a wild card into the semi-finals, but at that point a fed up Stern buzzed him with his red X, eventually going home. So this was the perfect opportunity for Tone to try again – with the same song.
“Same song, same guys… different decade,” Mandel chuckled Monday.
In the past 10 years, Tone the Chiefrocca has only released one other song on Spotify, “Shake-a-Dat,” but he’s clearly stayed true to his original goal: “Shake-a-Dat” has only been played 9,550 times to date up, compared to about 209,000 for “B-Double-OTY”, so it’s really not a hit. That’s why Chiefrocca, who claimed to be working as “Tone the Dishwasha” since his career peak in 2013, stuck to his ain’t broke/don’t fix game plan – and performed his beloved booty jam/earworm again Monday, before the fourth overall time in AGT history.
And it looked like this fourth time would be the charm, when Cowell, notoriously one of the hardest men in show business to please, actually beloved the. He even tagged along a bit as the flare-wielding crowd went berserk. Chiefrocca was so shocked by the judge’s token response that he passed out.
“Some things get better over time,” Cowell said. “That was great! I love these guys. They’re funny – but the song is big!”
Simon was not wrong. “B-Double-OTY” was one bop, an old-skool rump shaker a la the Fat Boys, Run-DMC, or, of course, fellow derriere enthusiast Sir Mix-a-Lot. But Monday’s competition was fierce, as only two of this week’s 10 “best of the best” alumni would advance to the finals — one selected by an elite group of purported “superfans” who were a distance away from the (pre-taped???) episode, and another chosen, via Golden Buzzer, by one of the cast members (this week it was host Terry Crews’ turn).
Crews shook his own booty in earnest for Tone and ColyCole’s funky-fresh performance (“All you need is one song, if that’s all right,” he noted), but he chose not to hit his one buzzer to use them. So that left everything to the American mystery jury. “I’d like to say this,” Tone emphatically told the superfans. “If there’s only going to be one act, what better act than the act that only has one a jam to rock? To which Cowell joked, “Good point.”
Then again, this was a very competitive night, so it was clear that all of this would add up to about 15 minutes of fame for Tone the Chiefrocca – albeit with more chance of going viral than ever possible during his old iTunes. half heyday. Along with Tone, Monday’s other quick eliminations included Polish teen singer Sara James (Cowell’s Golden Buzzer recipient in Season 17), despite giving what Mandel called a “winning performance,” and Argentina’s folk dance troupe and Golden Buzzer act of season 11 Malevo, despite being described by Cowell as “perfection” and “the standard everyone should be.”
Crews instead donated his Golden Buzzer to the Detroit Youth Choir, as he did in 2019, which—much like Mandel gave his Buzzer to Ukrainian dance team Light Balance Kids last week—seemed more like a sentimental, emotionally driven decision. “For what you’ve done for the city of Detroit, for what you’ve done in this world, one Golden Buzzer isn’t enough,” Crew told their choirmaster, slapping his hand on the ground and raining confetti on the joyfully crying children .
Perhaps Crew thought this week’s obvious front-runner, the aforementioned Aidan Bryant, didn’t need his Golden Buzzer. And Which brings to this week’s rematch, between Bryant and Dustin Tavella…
When Tavella won America’s Got Talent in 2021 he certainly wasn’t the front-runner that season; Crews even revealed it was the closest final vote AGT history. But Bryant, a small-town teen aviator who taught himself Cirque du Soleil-level stunts by studying YouTube and swinging from sheets tied to trees in his backyard, seemed to have the best shot at the $1 million prize. and that year’s Vegas residence. When the championship instead went to Tavella – who had never had a great breakaway moment and certainly wasn’t one of the best magicians to ever compete with AGT (or even one of the best magicians to compete in season 16) – many viewers weren’t exactly thrilled. But the least enthusiastic was, admittedly, Bryant himself.
Bryant, who was 16 years old when he first competed, recalled Monday that when it came down to him and Tavella in the Season 16 finale and he heard the studio audience overwhelmingly “scream my name,” he thought to himself, “Oh , I got this” – and he was “crushed” when he didn’t win. Cowell also recalled that the young acrobat lay “in pieces” after his defeat, telling Bryant, “I’ve never seen anyone so upset in my life . And I remember going up to you afterwards and saying, ‘I promise you, this isn’t the end.’”
“I want to win So bad, and I’m here to prove it,” Bryant declared Monday, as he continued, with only one barely noticeable glitch, a routine more daring and precarious than anything he’d tried before, without a net or any form of safety. armor. (Side note: After stuntman Jonathan Goodwin’s disastrous accident on America’s Got Talent: Extreme last year I’m really surprised the show allowed this.) Klum squealed about the “nerve-wrenching” spectacle, but said it was Bryant’s best yet, and Mandel agreed, calling it “scarier and more dangerous and definitely much better than anything.” I’ve seen you do that.’
In the end, Bryant landed in the top three and Tavella did not, so Bryant had already exacted some sort of revenge. (I must say, this time it seemed that Tavella was “crushed” and “in pieces”, or at least bitterly disappointed. But he is already the second champion to win the All stars final, after last week’s shock elimination against Terry Fator.)
Interestingly, the other two entrants in the top three were international acts that didn’t exist AGT fan bases: India has talent hip-hop duo Divyansh & Manuraj, who Klum aptly described as “Bollywood meets Brooklyn,” and Vitoria Bueno, an 18-year-old Brazilian ballerina born without arms, who received the Golden Buzzer and took second place at Germany has talent in 2021. (Apparently those superfans were more impartial than I thought.) Unsurprisingly, Aiden was victorious in the end, so he goes straight to the finals, along with Detroit Youth Choir, Light Balance Kids and last week’s superfan pick, hand balancing Trio de Bello Sisters.
Returning alumni to watch out for in the future America’s Got Talent: All Stars episodes feature singer/pianist and Season 14 winner Kodi Lee, spoken word artist and Season 15 champion Brandon Leake, lovable comedian Josh Blue, saxophonist Avery Dixon… and, probably much to Cowell’s chagrin, recurring jolly prankster Sethward. As for returning pranksters Tone the Chiefrocca and ColyCole, it’s a shame they don’t get a chance to perform “B-Double-OTY” for the fifth time this season, but we hope they take full advantage of their newfound fame to their streams… and that their cousin uploads the track to the correct Apple Music category this time.
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