Last night, the judges of "America's Got Talent" turned over the voting reins to the viewers, putting 12 of the top 48 acts on live television -- most of them appearing for the first time. Given how many talented performers fell victim to nerves in Las Vegas, the night was largely tame. In fact, it was a little too tame. Early favorites Nikki Jensen and 787 Crew underwhelmed the judges, and musical magicians Jarrett and Raja even earned a few boos for their cutesy (but simple) illusion. Let's look at the acts that stepped up their game for America's votes.
Most Surprising: Color Us Shocked
David Garibaldi and his CMYK's certainly have a unique act -- painting and dancing to music, and always live. They wowed in early auditions, but everyone questioned if they could hold viewers' interest during a third or fourth performance. Stick around for the very end of this clip, and you'll see Garibaldi's answer to his critics.
Crazy in Love With These Guys
Not every act translates well to a live performance, but D'Mo Brass got its start playing in theme parks. These "distinguished men" didn't bat an eyelash at the charged-up audience. Both Howard Stern and Howie Mandel warned the musicians that despite their brilliance, it was time to change things up a bit.
The Dynamic Duo
America fell head over heels for father-daughter singing duo Maurice and Shanice from their very first note, and the love affair continued in New York. Even perpetually cranky Howie sang their praises this week, and Howard's only criticism was that he'd like to see the duo tackle more contemporary tunes.
The American BMX Stunt Team created an act that's dangerous even in open space. So what happens when the same act shrinks to the size of a theater stage and there's no room to move should something go wrong? The danger -- and suspense -- shoot up, and the judges and audience loved every second of it.