One act with Tarrant County connections is going on to the semifinals on America’s Got Talent, while another returns home.
Fort Worth native Timber Brown wowed audiences and voters with his aerial acrobatics, but Southlake-based rock band the Robotix’s performance didn’t get heads banging on NBC’s popular contest variety show during Wednesday night’s results show.
Judges commended Brown, 28, for taking his act to the next level.
“Every time you’re on the stage, you surprise us and you did it again today,” judge Heidi Klum said. “I think you deserve your own act in Las Vegas.”
During his live performance Tuesday night at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, Brown spun around on a spherical contraption suspended in the air without a harness or safety net.
Brown’s success moves him one step closer to the $1 million prize, but not his goal.
“My ultimate goal isn’t necessarily to win,” he told the Star-Telegram earlier. “I think it’s possible, but highly unlikely. What I would really like is to get some attention for a charitable cause I’m trying to start, which can help kids who had lives like I had but who aren’t as fortunate as I am.”
The Robotix’s cover of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid got the crowd on its feet, but it was not enough to advance.
The oldest performer is 16-year-old guitarist Jon Casel from Southlake. The band’s youngest member is 9-year-old drummer Logan “Robot” Gladden from North Richland Hills. There’s also 14-year-old bassist Jared Devino from Southlake, 12-year-old Brendan James from Grapevine and 12-year-old vocalist Angelina Baez from the Los Angeles area.
Judge Howie Mandel said Baez’s vocals did not mesh with the band’s sound.
“You sang the rock ’n’ roll like a pop singer,” Mandel said to Baez. “You’ve got to become a rock star and have the same energy the band has.”
In a post-performance interview on the show, Baez addressed the critic.
“I’m fine. I’m more than fine,” she said. “I just performed at Radio City Music hall with my best friends.”
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770