Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) — Wednesday night’s installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw seven of the 12 acts that performed on Tuesday’s final quarterfinals show learn which of them had been chosen to advance to the semifinals. The other five acts were sent home.
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.
Bluegrass act Mountain Faith Band, singers Alicia Michilli and Daniella Mass, Stevie Starr a.k.a. The Professional Regurgitator, mentalist Oz Pearlman, dance troupe Freelusion and comedian Gary Vider all advanced to the finals.
Gospel choir Selected of God, dance acts Chapkiss Dance Family and DADitude!, motocross stunt teamMetal Mulisha Fitz Army and blind dancer Benjamin Yonattan were sent home.
Judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, along with host Nick Cannon, were on hand for the live-event broadcast 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.
Here’s a rundown of Wednesday’s action:
Bluegrass act Mountain Faith Band and gospel choir Selected of God were the first acts called to the front of the stage. Mountain Faith Band advanced to the semifinals. Heidi believed America made the correct choice and advised the band to “keep surprising us.”
The next two acts to learn their fates were Chapkis Dance Family and singer Alicia Michilli. Michilli moves on to the semifinals. Mel B declared the singer proved to herself and to America that she is “a true contender.”
Cannon then called Stevie Starr a.k.a. The Professional Regurgitator, and mentalist Oz Pearlman to the front of the stage. Both advanced to the semifinals. Pearlman joked that he “didn’t know that was going to happen.” An elated Stern declared Starr is “such a contender, I can see you in the final two.” Howard noted that Pearlman was also a “strong contender,” but warned him to tighten up his delivery. Klum praised Stevie, exclaiming, “I can’t wait to see what you’ll regurgitate up next. “
Dance troupes DADitude! and Freelusion and motocross stunt team Metal Mulisha Fitz Army were then asked to step forward. Freelusion moved on. Mel B, who noted after their performance on Tuesday that she didn’t want Freelusion’s routine to stop, said she was happy America voted them into the semifinals.
Earlier in the show, Cannon revealed that blind dancer Benjamin Yonattan, comedian Gary Vider and singer Daniella Mass 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 Vider to advance to the semifinals. Howie noted Vider has been bringing his “A” game, but given the talent going into the semifinals, he needs to raise it to “A plus.”
The judges then got to decide which of the remaining two acts would advance. Heidi chose Yonattan. Mel B, Mandel and Stern picked Mass. Daniella advances to the semifinals.
The evening also included a performance by the cast of the Las Vegas production Le Rêve – The Dream, which features top aerial acrobats, synchronized swimmers and professional high-divers.
America’s Got Talent continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
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