'AGT' judges and fans confused by a night full of underwhelming performances

It's quite possible that America's Got Talent did not save the best for last in the overall scheme of the Qualifiers round because the fourth set of acts this week were pretty underwhelming.

Even judges Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara, who generally stay on the positive side of their feedback, voiced their disappointment during a couple of the acts, while Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel held nothing back. In fact, almost all of the eleven acts of the night received criticism from at least one judge and two of the acts – kid a capella group Acapop! and London's Jackass-style stunt/comedy group the Lazy Generation – received red buzzers.

The bad news for AGT viewers is they had to sit through two hours of mostly so-so performances. However, the good news is, it’ll probably be much easier than usual for viewers to vote through just two of the 11 acts to the Season 17 finale, since it wasn't a totally competitive week.

And on the bright side, not all the performances were a drab. The judges were once again blown away by deepfake act MetaPhysic, who Simon deemed "the best act, I believe, of the series so far," little-girl screamo singer Harper and comedian Mike E. Winfield, whom Howie Mandel invited to open for him at his next standup show September 9th in New York.

Video transcript

SIMON COWELL: I thought that was slightly underwhelming, if you want my honest opinion. I do. Yeah, I do. It wasn't--

- What?

SIMON COWELL: For me, and-- oh, shut up.

KYLIE MAR: The fourth round of the America's Got Talent qualifiers took place Tuesday night. And it seems like they may not have saved the best for last. Because judges and viewers at home thought the night was pretty underwhelming.

HOWIE MADEL: I wasn't blown away. But I think you're really good, and hopefully America loves you, and it's up to them to vote. You're lucky, I'm not voting.

KYLIE MAR: While judges Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara leaned more on the positive side, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel held nothing back.

- And when you're good you'll be [INAUDIBLE].

KYLIE MAR: In fact, almost all of the acts of the night received criticism.

SIMON COWELL: I'm not voting. But I don't think you got it right tonight, Lee.

TERRY CREWS: Howie, what do you think?

HOWIE MANDEL: I don't disagree with Simon.

KYLIE MAR: But not all the performances were a drab the judges were once again blown away by deep-fake act Metaphysic, and comedian Mike E. Winfield whom Howie Mandel even invited to open for him at his next stand show.

SIMON COWELL: As you're watching the show tonight thinking, what am I on? Because this has been one of the strangest evenings we've ever had. Then you walk on, and you brought it. It being star quality.