BUCKS COUNTY, PA — A Bucks County singer is heading home with legions of new fans after reaching the quarterfinals of “America’s Got Talent.”
Liam Fennecken, of Plumstead, is a member of the vocal trio T.3, which performed in front of an audience for the first time during its audition for the talent show. Fennecken is joined in the group by Jim Hogan, of Abington, and Brendan Jacob Smith, of Brooklyn.
T.3, short for Tik Tok Tenors, practiced at Smith’s parents’ home before their audition earlier this year, when they did a rendition of “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2.
“We’ve been in Brendan’s parents’ staircase for a year, so this is like the first time we’ve really been able to be in front of people,” Fennecken, a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School, said ahead of the group’s audition.
The performance brought the crowd to its feet and wowed “America’s Got Talent” judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel.
Cowell called T.3’s audition “a complete surprise” and said he loved their performance.
“The harmonies are amazing, the leads are amazing. Great, great, great audition,” he said.
“It was so unexpected, and I love the three of you,” Vergara told the trio. “I think the voices are perfect together.”
Mandel said the singers’ joy and energy were “infectious,” while Klum said the audition “was a lot of fun.”
“I just loved watching you guys do this. I really enjoyed it,” she said.
T.3 earned “Yes” votes from each of the four judges, setting them on the path to potential stardom. Their run on the show started in June but came to an end last week, when they were eliminated at the end of the second of three quarterfinal episodes.
The trio performed a cover of Olivia Rodrigo’s “good 4 u” during the quarterfinals, earning standing ovations from Vergara and Mandel. But the performance did not earn enough votes from “America’s Got Talent” viewers, leaving their fate in the hands of the show’s four judges.
Klum and Vergara voted to send T.3 to the semifinals, but Mandel and Cowell choose another act. Cowell said he loved T.3’s vocals on their cover of Olivia Rodrigo’s smash hit but “hated the arrangement.”
T.3 was eliminated by a tie-breaker, with Korean Soul earning more votes from the show’s viewers. Many fans felt T.3 was “robbed” of a spot in the semifinals, according to an online poll by Gold Derby.
Several days after the episode aired, Fennecken posted on social media to thank fans for their support “before, during, and after AGT” and tease some upcoming shows.
“We are super proud of what we accomplished and we are absolutely stoked to get to work and perform for as many people across the globe that will listen,” Fennecken wrote.
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