Once again a singer ruled the night on “America’s Got Talent.”
Week five of auditions featured mostly dangerous and non-traditional acts: a man eating dog food sandwiches, an artist using his tongue to paint flowers and a hand balancing teen contortionist who shoots a bow and arrow with her feet.
But it was 28 year-old Brian Justin Crum who brought all four of the judges to their feet with his heartfelt cover of the Queen classic, “Somebody To Love.”
Justin, who drives for a car service in San Diego, came in with the all-too-familiar backstory about being bullied in school for being both gay and overweight.
“I just begged (my mother) to let me live with my aunt and uncle in Oregon to have a fresh start and she let me go,” he explained in a pre-taped interview.
Judges Simon Cowell, Mel B. Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel all voted to advance Crum through to the next round.
“I think tonight you found everybody to love you,” Mandel praised.
Mel B. took her commentary one step further, adding: “You took us to church and back. If I wasn’t married and you were straight, we would be in love.”
Crum now joins a very crowded field of singers that includes three golden buzzer winners: New York pizza delivery man Sal Valentinetti, teen opera prodigy Laura Bretan and 12 year-old folk singer Grace VanderWaal.
Here’s who else America will be talking about:
KADAN BART ROCKETT
The 10 year-old actor and magician sawed his 8 year-old sister in half and then playfully refused to put her back together unless he made it through to the next round. “I think it is adorable, it is fun,” Mandel said. I think it is a great twist having a kid magician with his sister.”
PATO AND GINGER THE DOG
Three years ago, Pato was out of work and begging for food. “OCD was crushing me,” he revealed. “It was impossible for me to brush my teeth, take a shower or leave the house.” Then he adopted Ginger. Together they came up with an animal dance and acrobatic routine that earned four yes votes from the judges.
“It was fresh, it was new, it was exciting,” Mandel said. “I know you used Ginger to help you through your struggles and issues, but I will tell you something, your act helps all of us.”
Next week, host Nick Cannon takes control of the golden buzzer and sends through what Cowell calls “the best act we have seen.”
‘America’s Got Talent’ airs Tuesdays on NBC.