The contestants from the wild card round of "America's Got Talent" Season 7 learned last night which four acts would advance to the semifinals.
First to be brought out for results were Mariachi singer Sebastien "El Charro del Oro," acrobats the Bandbaz Brothers, and precision crossbow act Ben Blaque. Howard Stern refused to guess who would go through. Host Nick Cannon revealed it was Sebastien, who fell to his knees and thanked God. Even though he's a small package, like Jackie Evancho, he's got a big voice. Howie Mandel, who had selected Sebastien to perform again, was thrilled.
Next, there was a special performance by the cast of the Broadway show, "Bring It On." The performed a number that involved, of course, choreographed cheerleading moves and singing.
Nick revealed a special online vote where one of the competitors for a previous season will be brought back for a performance.
The king of the nut shots, Horse, young singer Jake Wesley Rogers, and countertenor opera singer Andrew De Leon came to the stage next to hear their results. Going through? Andrew De Leon, who had been an early favorite until he imploded under pressure in the Las Vegas round. Howie compared him to "if Marilyn Manson and Adam Lambert had a child." Andrew was another Howie pick.
Next, pet ventriloquist Todd Oliver, balancing act Cristin Sandu, and escape artist Spencer Horsman were brought out to center stage. The act moving on was Todd Oliver and his dog Irving, who were Howard's pick. He praised Todd again for following his directions and going topical.
Next, Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen turned in a clearly prerecorded performance, singing "Good Time."
Of the last three acts, clog dancers All That!, magicians Jarrett and Raja, and dancer/acrobat Lindsey Norton, the act going home was Jarrett and Raja. Thus leaving the judges to choose between two dance acts, who placed fourth and fifth in the audience vote.
Howard said the act who would be best for the show, and therefore would receive his vote, was All That! Howie said both acts are very talented. Since she reminded him of the Olympics, he chose Lindsey. Sharon Osbourne, who had picked both of these acts to return, called her decision "Sophie's choice." She asked, "Why is it always on me?" After praising Lindsey and telling her the show would give her a boost, Sharon sided with All That!
Semifiinals begin Tuesday, 8/28, with 12 acts competing for a chance to advance to the finals.
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