Military quartet Voices of Service places fifth in 'America's Got Talent' finals
By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: September 18, 2019
Singing quartet Voices of Service, made up of U.S. military servicemembers and a veteran, placed fifth in the finals of "America's Got Talent."
The quartet competed in Wednesday's live, two-hour results show, where they performed "Some Gave All" with Billy Ray Cyrus. Singer Kodi Lee was the winner of the show. The Detroit Youth Choir, comedian Ryan Niemiller and dance crew V.Unbeatable rounded out the top five.
On Tuesday, the Voices of Service performance of Leona Lewis' "Footprints in the Sand" was preceded by a video of the members of the group — Sgt. Major Christal Sanders Rheams, Master Sgt. Caleb Green, retired Staff Sgt. Ron Henry and Sgt. 1st Class Jason L. Hannah — reading letters from soldiers and veterans who have been inspired by their work.
Rheams wept as she read the words. And Voices of Service's performance seemed to touch the judges on the show.
"You are changing lives," judge Howie Mandel told them after the song. "And if you look at that video, those are the people you're moving, and it's so wonderful and so powerful. Congratulations. I hope America votes."
Judge Gabrielle Union called the group "brilliant, absolutely brilliant" and praised Rheams for taking the time during last week's show to embrace young singer Luke Islam, who was eliminated when Voices of Service advanced.
Judge Simon Cowell told them: "You define the words 'sincerity,' 'decency' and 'talent.' And you know what, I wouldn't have said this three weeks ago, but you've just given yourself a chance at winning this whole competition."
When host Terry Crews asked the group how they feel when they get letters from servicemembers who have been inspired by them, Rheams answered: "It just makes us feel glorious because it lets us know that we're spreading the message that we want to spread and we're giving hope to some folks who may not have hope."
The finalists vied to win $1 million and a Nov. 7-10 headlining gig at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino.
Material from Tribune News Service by Brooke Cain of the The News & Observer and Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press was used for this story.