I'm bored. This hero theme is doing nothing for my attention span. Queen Emily is singing a song called "And I'm Telling You" by Jennifer Holiday, who she saw sing when she was ten years old. Queen Emily cries during her intro when she talks about her grandmother, her hero. I thought her hero was Jennifer Holiday? Queen Emily will sing her heart out to do her grandma proud. Queen Emily comes on stage and descends the stairs surrounded by scantily clad women. Seriously. She is dressed in a floor length dress with gold beading in vertical stripes and a black sheer shawl or semi-detached sleeves. Her shoulders are really hunched up as she starts the song, but sink slowly downwards during her song. I'm so sick of singers I can barely pay attention to her song, but her outfit is endlessly fascinating. Okay I'll try to focus on her. She has a really loud booming voice and sings really well. She gets a standing ovation from all three judges. Piers tells her she ripped that stage to pieces and put Neal E. Boyd on notice that he is not going to have the entire competition handed to him. Sharon tells her she has so much talent. The Hoff tells her that she is a Money Player and she hit it out of the park. She was good, but I really miss the variety. Luckily, Nuttin' but Stringz is next.
Nuttin' but Stringz is taking a big risk, but they are doing it to honor their mom. Who is their hero. She bought them their first violins. They wrote a song, it made her cry, and dammit, they're performing it tonight. Their act starts with a drum line spread out over the stage performing in fuschia light. The drummers split and the boys enter the middle of the stage with their violins. They are accompanied by two aerialists who spin over the stage on white ribbons. The boys do their magic. They play, they mesmerize, they collapse on the stage in feeling, they wear vests and manage not to look silly. Piers tells them that they took a big risk to play their own song tonight, but it paid off. When he asks himself what act he would pay to go see, the answer is always: Nuttin' But Stringz. Sharon loves judging this show because the talent is always topped by the next act. Nuttin' But Stringz tell us that everything they've performed is original music, and they learned it all at Juilliard. Did they go there with Donald? It's hard to imagine two more disparate acts. Sharon wants to meet their mom. The Hoff calls them Led Zeppelin on violins. He knows they will be in the finals. The boys wish their "mommy" happy birthday. They hug and jump up and down. And, I'll say it, I hope they win.