August 21, 2013 02:47 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Impressive performances often take place on America’s Got Talent, but the tribute to those killed in last year’s Newtown tragedy was perhaps one of the most touching in the history of the show. You know you’ve accomplished something when Howard Stern gets all teary-eyed!
The members of Connecticut-based performance troupe Catapult Entertainment have impressed America’s Got Talent judges and audience members alike from the moment they stepped up onto the stage during the show’s audition round. Last night, these talented performers once again showed that they have what it takes to go all the way, this time using their skills in order to create a touching tribute to the victims of the Newtown shooting. The routine was choreographed to the classic song Somewhere Over The Rainbow and involved several uplifting images, including everything from the simple building of sandcastles to such stand-out moments as graduation and a marriage proposal.
The intent of this inspiring routine was to “do something to honor [the Newtown victims'] loss” while offering up a “celebration of life and all those little moments we take for granted.” We think that the members of Catapult Entertainment definitely accomplished this goal…and then some! Clearly, the judges agreed, for all were visibly emotional following the performance. That’s right — Howard Stern not only appeared to be fighting back tears, he admitted that the silhouette performers had him feeling very emotional. And he was also full of praise, telling the members of Catapult, “Your story came through crisp and clear. … You are just phenomenal talents. You stole the show tonight.”
If you missed this performance last night, be sure to check it out below and then tell us what you think!
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