The American Military Spouses Choir with a wife from Fort Leavenworth soared to the semifinals of Americas Got Talent with showstopping performances in recent weeks.
By LISA GUTIERREZ
The Kansas City Star
But after Tuesday night, maybe even their husbands cant help them.
The choir performed in the second round of semifinalists on the NBC talent show. The group, including Stephanie Holmberg of Fort Leavenworth, performed Sarah McLachlans Angel.
Judge Heidi Klum was the first to address the group after it sang, telling the women I love what you stand for.
I thought that the song choice was perfect. You are all angels. You are all angels to your spouses.
And thats when fellow judge Howie Mandel pounced.
Heres the thing, he interrupted Klum. The thing is, we got to judge them on what they did, not who theyre married to.
Judge Howard Stern agreed with Mandel.
Of course I applaud you. You have a beautiful story and part of who you are is your story, Stern said.
But I like Howies point. I felt tonights performance was pleasant, like maybe more a USO tour than Radio City Music ...
I think now its the best of the best. I applaud you, I love you, I love what your husbands do ... but I dont know if this was the best of the best.
Only six of 12 acts that performed Tuesday will move on in the competition.
The choirs competition includes an 11-year-old singing diva, little-kid ballroom dancers, the comedic Kristef Brothers magicians, faux-angry comedian John Wing, an opera singer and a contortionist.
And Kenichi Ebina, the Japanese dancer/martial artist whose first performance on the show racked up millions of YouTube hits and a prediction from Mandel that he would win the $1 million prize.
Maybe, for the wives sake, friends in high places count for something.
A few days ago the choir received a letter of support from Jill Biden, wife of vice president Joe Biden.
The six acts moving on will be announced at 8 p.m. Wednesday.