Arts and Music

Alabama’s Got Talent: Local Advances On Reality Show


It’s not exactly “Pitch Perfect,” but it is still acapella-awesome for Aca-bama. In The Stairwell, an acapella group formed with 15 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets, is on the final leg of “America’s Got Talent.” The reality show features different acts vying for the chance to win a $1 million Vegas contract.

Two of the cadets are from Alabama, according to Benjamin Hightower is the son of an Alabama gubernatorial candidate. Bram Gygax is a cadet from Madison. 

“Because we are being trained to be leaders, music has been a way for us to just have fun together,” one of the cadets told celebrity judge Simon Cowell.

While their first performance failed to impress Howie Mandel, they wowed the judges the second time around with their rendition of N*Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” including some of the original Justin Timberlake choreography. Celebrity guest judge Seal gave the group a standing ovation while his ex-wife and fellow judge Heidi Klum along with Howie Mandel, former Spice Girl, Mel B, and Simon Cowell gave the group one of the seven coveted spots for groups that will move on to the next round. 

The uniforms, talent and boy-band moves are also earning them a following online. Youtube videos are popping up with titles like “Handsome Air Force Academy Singers.” Between Klum and show host, Tyra Banks, the cadets managed to win the hearts of two supermodels.

Not bad for a Tuesday night. 

You can watch In the Stairwell on “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. on NBC.

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie lives in Meridianville with her husband, baby and four dogs. She thrives on chaos, and loves finding good news stories where you least expect them.

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