Junior New System continued to amaze the judges by dancing and doing backflips in six-inch heels during Tuesday’s live shows on America’s Got Talent.
The dance crew consists of 11 men between the ages of 18 and 25 from Manila, Philippines, where they are street children. “Dance means everything to them, and dance is more than a passion—it’s their way of life,” reads the group’s biography on the AGT website. They impressed the judges starting with their audition in May. They surprised everyone with a shoe change halfway through their act, exchanging their sneakers for six-inch gold stilettos. They received a standing ovation and four yeses from the judges.
They changed into heels again and added a few more flips for their Judge Cutsperformance in July. They did the same thing for their quarterfinals act, adding more backflips as they danced to “Can’t Hold Us” and “Bo$$.”
Above, Junior New System performs during the Live Quarterfinals on “America’s Got Talent” on August 14 on NBC. The dance crew changed into heels halfway through the act. Trae Patton/NBC
The judges loved it. ” everything about you guys, where you’ve come from, where you are now,” Mel B said after. “You do your own choreography. You all met in the slums and the streets of the Philippines. You are united … and you’re showing us some moves.”
Howie Mandel thought their performance was “amazing” but offered a piece of criticism. “I love what you do in your heels. That first half without the heels is not as exciting,” he told the dance crew. “You guys are known as the guys who dance in heels.”
That was similar to Simon Cowell’s comments after their audition. “I thought the first half of the act, I’ve seen it before,” he said. “Then the second half, the heels come on, the personality comes through and you just blow this audience away.”
Mel B and Heidi Klum defended Junior New System after Howie’s remarks. “They can’t start off with the heels. They have to introduce the heels halfway through. That’s the thing,” Mel B argued. “The fact you guys are dancing in heels makes you stand out,” Klum added.
“It’s not just the heels,” Cowell said. “It’s the determination, it’s the passion, it’s the personality, it’s wanting to win, that makes watching you every time so exciting. For me, I think this is probably going to be the most talked about act so far, and you deserve it for all the right reasons.”
America’s Got Talent Season 13 continues with the Live Results Show Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Tune in to see which seven acts America voted through to the semifinals.
There have been some amazing dance routines on America’s Got Talent this season, from Udi Dance’s glow-in-the-dark performances to 71-year-old Quin’s ballroom dance that earned her and partner Misha the coveted golden buzzer. Tuesday night’s episode, the quarterfinals, gave us another show-stopping performance, with the help of six-inch high heels.
The all-male dance group Junior New System, originally from the Philippines, started off wearing sneakers in their dance routine to “Can’t Hold Us,” but then they switched into stilettos for the rest of their performance, set to Fifth Harmony’s song “Boss.”
The performance included stadium-style seats, gymnastics, and even backflips. The routine earned them a standing ovation from AGT judges Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell, and as USA Today reports, Klum even let out a “Hell yes!” in support of the group.
Junior New System attends ’America’s Got Talent’ Season 13 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theatre on August 14, 2018. Jon KopaloffGetty Images
“It is not just the heels, it is the passion and personality that makes it so exciting,” Simon added. “I think this is going to be the most talked about act and for all the right reasons.”
Mel B lauded the 11 group members for their unity. “Oh, my God. Wow! “Everything about you guys, where you come from, where you are now, you do your own choreography, you are united and together and you sure move,” she said.
The group’s fate was decided by the fans, as viewers could vote for them until early Wednesday morning. AGT will return to NBC tonight at 8 p.m. EST to reveal which seven acts will advance to the semifinals.
Temi Adebowale Temi Adebowale is the Editorial Assistant at Men’s Health.
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Junior New System was a dance group act from Season 13 of America’s Got Talent. They were eliminated in the Semifinals.
The internationally-acclaimed all-male hip-hop dance group Junior New System was originally formed in 2009, when its members were only in their prepubescent to early teen years. This was an offshoot of a slightly older dance group, the New System Dance Crew, whose members were their mentors and in some cases actually their older brothers, hence the name. The group’s members, all from very humble (even impoverished) backgrounds, are natives of Sampaloc, Manila, and attend public schools in the vicinity. From its beginnings as a participant and frequent champion in numerous and regular street dancing competitions sponsored by barangays and other local organizations throughout Metro Manila and elsewhere in Luzon, Junior New System eventually became the two-time grand champion in the hip-hop category of “Sayaw Pinoy”, the nationwide dance festival organized by the National Commission of Culture and the Arts, in 2012 and 2013. After a further string of championships in Philippine competitions in the course of 2014, the group’s first overseas foray was as a contestant in the Pan-Asian talent competition “Asia’s Got Talent” in Singapore in early 2015, which was its biggest break till then, and where it reached the Grand Final stage. The group’s “Asia’s Got Talent” participation provided it significant mainstream exposure back home in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia, making it a favored performer in television programs, corporate and private events, and government-sponsored conferences in its home country and in Hongkong, Malaysia and Singapore. Its increasingly public profile led to more commendations, including an Aliw Award for Best Dance Company in 2015 and a People’s Choice Award for Best Dance Performing Group in 2016. Junior New System’s biggest achievements to-date came in July 2016, when it participated in the very prestigious World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in California, USA, where it not only took gold medals (first places) in all the performing categories that it competed in (Group Production, Hip-Hop Dance, Contemporary Dance, and Open Dance) but was also named Senior Dance Group Champion of the World, and received the highest accolade of all, Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World. Today, Junior New System’s members’ ages range from just 16 to 23 years, appropriate enough for its name, but belying its more than seven years (and counting) of consistently increasing artistic excellence and consequent critical acclaim and public admiration.
Junior New System’s audition in Episode 1301 consisted of at first dancing and doing flips and then doing the same but with high heels on. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all voted “Yes,” sending Junior New System to the Judge Cuts.
Junior New System All Male Filipino Dance Group Slay In Six Inch Heels – America’s Got Talent 2018 Audition
Junior New System’s Judge Cuts performance in Episode 1307 consisted of performing a dance routine to a medley of songs including Queen’s We Will Rock You, Jennifer Lopez’s Let’s Get Loud and The Black Eyed Peas’ Pump It. Members of the group danced in high heels in the latter half of their performance. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and guest judge Ken Jeong gave them standing ovations. Their performance was strong enough for the judges to send them to the Quarterfinals along with Us the Duo.
Junior New System Male Dance Group Does Backflips In 6 Inch Stilettos – America’s Got Talent 2018 Judge Cuts
Junior New System’s Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1311 consisted of performing a dance routine with a sports theme which included a drumline at the beginning. Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell gave them standing ovations. Junior New System finished in sixth, seventh or eight place in America’s Vote. In the Dunkin’ Save, they received fewer online votes than Angel City Chorale. In the Judges’ Choice, Howie Mandel and Mel B didn’t vote for them, but Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell did, forcing a tiebreaker; whichever act had received more votes from America would progress. They received more votes than Mochi, advancing to the Semifinals in Episode 1312.
Junior New System Men In High Heels Deliver High Energy Dance – America’s Got Talent 2018 Quarterfinals
Junior New System’s Week 1 Semifinals performance in Episode 1317 consisted of dancing a routine with a basketball theme, performing the first part in heels and the second half barefoot. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave them standing ovations. The group did not receive enough votes to advance to the Finals in Episode 1318, eliminating them from the competition along with Front Pictures instead of Zurcaroh.
Junior New System Men In Heels Deliver Fierce Performance On AGT – America’s Got Talent 2018 Semifinals
After the Show
In 2019, Junior New System competed on the World’s Got Talent special held in China. They were the winners of their Preliminary, sending them to the Semifinals. Junior New System ended up being eliminated in that round, after losing to Danylo and Oskar.
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