Malevo is the dance and drum performance group from Argentina which has advanced on America’s Got Talent. Dressed in matching black leather jackets and boots, the eight men performed the Malambo, a traditional dance of gauchos (Argentine “cowboys” in the Pampas region) that involves The Zapateo, or shoe tapping. Malevo received four yesses from the AGT judges. Simon Cowell said of the act, “This could be River Dance, part 2.”
On social media, Malevo is being compared to everything from America’s Magic Mike (due to their tight pants, sexy hair and exposed chests) to Australia’s Lord of the Thunder Down Under. One Argentine musician, Lucas Emmanuel Ysaias Paz, points out another, more endearing aspect of Malevo – they’re not afraid to show real affection for each other. Paz wrote: “love the way the guys keep hugging and touching and kissing each other’s foreheads, unlike other male groups that just hug each other and then look away.” He adds, “In my country Argentina there’s no such thing as “No Homo,” men keep close to each other…they show physical and emotional support like true bros.” America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8pm on NBC.