If you wanted to see the most heartbreaking America’s Got Talent audition of the year to date, we think we’ve got it for you with Verba Shadow.
At first, it’s easy to be a bit nonplussed about the idea of another shadow-art group on this show. Longtime viewers have seen this a few times over now and conceptually, it may not seem like there’s anything new that can be brought to this medium. Thinking that way is wrong for a few reasons; For starters, saying that there’s nothing original about a shadow group anymore is almost the same as stating that there’s nothing altogether original about a singer whenever they take the stage. It’s what they choose to do with the art form that makes them stand out or not.
With Verba Shadow, what they do here is tell a beautiful, tear-jerking story about love, loss, war, and recovery. It’s a story that will play into the hearts of every viewer out there and we didn’t expect things to go this deep. Yet, what we got here is a performance that we’ll remember for quite some time. The introduction was so lighthearted as we heard about how the group got together; then, things got serious mere seconds later.
Is this group uniquely qualified to tell a story about loss? It’s possible, given that Verba Shadow hails from Ukraine, a place that has been marred with violence, heartbreak, and difficulties for many years. It’s something that another notable AGT group in Light Balance has discussed over their time on both this show and also with Light Balance Jr. making their debut a little bit earlier this season. They can bring their stories over to America and tell something that really defies nationality or background.
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One more thing that’s worth noting is that visually, Verba does do a few different things with their shadow art that we haven’t seen before. There are a few exciting ways in which this stands out, whether it be the use of additional graphic effects to occasionally showing some of the dancers outside of shadow form.
Is this Golden Buzzer worthy?
Even within the modern definition of Golden Buzzers, it’s hard to argue against it. Remember that these aren’t always granted to the best acts, but rather the ones that combine talent with a great story viewers will get behind. Clearly, viewers would get behind Verba Shadow. The only reason we don’t think they’re getting one is because we’re seeing them now! America’s Got Talent does not preview Golden Buzzer acts in advance.
If you missed it, check out our take on this past Golden Buzzer audition from Detroit Youth Choir over here!
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