Post 08 July 2013
By The Huffington Post Jason Hughes
'America's Got Talent': Chicago Boyz Inspire And Blow The Judges' Minds With Their Jump Rope Acrobatics
There have been plenty of acrobatic troupes and plenty of jump rope routines on the "America's Got Talent" stage. But the Chicago Boyz raised the ante considerably during their impressive routine. They took a 9-year-old boy and used him as a jump rope.
Luckily, that wasn't the only trick this group had. They showed impressive acrobatics with flips and jumps, and they did plenty of difficult moves through two spinning ropes, with no noticeable mistakes. But it was certainly the boy-as-rope trick that got the most attention.
“We see so many people up here, day in and day out, who have talent, but they have no act," said Howard Stern. "This jump-roping and push-ups, I can’t do either one. Then, to take this little man here and turn him into a human jump-rope is beyond exciting.”
The group was brought together by their coach, Tim Shaw. He was a former Ringling Brothers circus performer who wanted to help at-risk young people find alternatives to joining gangs and getting into trouble on the streets. He gave them a chance to find a passion and excel at something positive.
Critics fell in love with the Boyz immediately, with TV Grapevine calling their group "all around fabulous." Hollywood Life agreed, writing that "The sheer athleticism of this group is unprecedented yet on this season ... If this is just their first performance for America, then we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the coming weeks!”
Starting next week, "Amerca's Got Talent" expands to two nights a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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