Eric Liebowitz/NBC(NEW YORK) — Wednesday night’s installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw five of the 11 acts that performed on Tuesday’s show moving on to the finals.
Judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, along with host Nick Cannon, were on hand for the live event airing from New York’s Radio City Music Hall to learn which acts America had selected to advance for a chance at the $1 million top prize.
Also back this week was the “Dunkin’ Save,” which allowed viewers to vote live to save an act in danger of elimination. They were instructed to search “Dunkin’ Save” on Google and select one of the three acts with the lowest vote totals that they wanted to see in the finals.
Magician Derek Hughes, mentalist Oz Pearlman, stuttering comic Drew Lynch, country singer Benton Blount and R&B duo The CraigLewis Band all advanced to the finals.
Bluegrass ensemble Mountain Faith Band, motocross stunt team Metal Mulisha Fitz Army, puppet act Ira, 12-year-old opera singer Arielle Baril, dance troupe Siro-A and R&B singer Samantha Johnson were sent home.
Here’s a rundown of Wednesday’s action:
Motocross stunt team Metal Mulisha Fitz Army, magician Derek Hughes and bluegrass group Mountain Faith Band were the first acts to learn their fates. Hughes moves on to the finals. Stern offered this strategy for Hughes moving forward: Take the strongest moment he ever had on stage and “slam us with it.”
Puppet act Ira, 12-year-old opera singer Arielle Baril and mentalist Oz Pearlman were called to the front of the stage next. Pearlman advanced to the finals. Mel B noted Pearlman “wows us every time,” and urged him to just continue doing that.
The next acts Cannon called to the front of the stage were dance troupe Siro-A and stuttering comedian Drew Lynch. Lynch moves on to the finals. Mandel told the aspiring funnyman, “If laughter is the best medicine, America has just made you their pharmacist and they’re gonna pay you a million dollars for the medication.”
Earlier in the show, Cannon revealed that R&B duo The CraigLewis Band and singers Benton Blount and Samantha Johnson were the acts with the three lowest vote totals and gave viewers a chance to save one of them with the “Dunkin’ Save.” America picked Blount to advance to the finals.
The judges then got to decide which of the remaining two acts would advance. Heidi and Mel B picked Johnson. Stern and Mandel picked The CraigLewis Band. The tie-breaker went to the act with the most viewer votes, which was The CragLewis Band.
The evening also featured magic from the cast of the Broadway show The Illusionists.
America’s Got Talent continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
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