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McMinnville siblings inch closer to the $1 million prize in NBC-TV talent contest

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McMINNVILLE — At press time for this newspaper, odds had greatly increased that a trio of sibling musicians who are active in a church here could go all the way to top honors in this season’s America’s Got Talent TV competition.

We Three, the band trio featured on Page 1 of Christian News Northwest‘s July issue, last month again wowed both the judges and the crowd on the hugely popular NBC-TV telecast, and then garnered enough votes from viewers nationally to make it into the semifinal round.

A total of 18 acts were on the bill for the Aug. 7 “Judge Cuts” episode, but only seven were chosen to move to the next step in the competition. That was a live show Aug. 14 that competed for viewers’ votes.  Results were revealed on the Wednesday, Aug. 15 show, determining the semifinalists.

The show ultimately awards the season winner $1 million.

In their first performance, which aired May 29, siblings Joshua and Manny Humlie and Bethany (Humlie) Blanchard  presented an original song, “Heaven’s Not Too Far Away,” in memory of their mother Kelley who died in 2016 of cancer.

Early last month, We Three performed another original song, called “Lifeline.”  As was the case during their first appearance, the judges heaped praise on the trio afterward.  Guest judge Martina McBride complimented the songwriting, saying “That was one of the best first lines I’ve ever heard.  Judge Howie Mandell said, “You are beautiful,” while judge Simon Cowell again predicted great things ahead for the trio.

When Cowell, Mandel and fellow judge Mel B and Heidi Klum announced which acts would be cut and which would proceed in the competition, We Three learned that they were still in the running.

Then in the Aug. 14 show, the band performed another original song, titled “So They Say.” All the judges were impressed by it, except for Cowell, who bluntly said it sounded like “a support band with an OK song.”

The Humlies’ home church is the Nazarene fellowship Church on the Hill, which has been excited to follow the trio’s progress in the competition.  We Three also has garnered much national media attention, and increasing large audiences at their local shows.  For example, their performance this summer at Newberg’s Tunes on Tuesday outdoor series drew 5,000 people.

America’s Got Talent airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on these NBC stations in Oregon: KGW in Portland, KTVZ in Bend, KMTR in Eugene, KOTI in Klamath Falls, KMCB in Coos Bay, KOBI in Medford and KTCW in Roseburg.