(LOS ANGELES) — Wednesday night’s installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw seven of the 12 acts that performed on Tuesday’s show learn that they had been chosen to advance to the semifinals. The other five acts were sent home.
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 23 gold medals, including five at the recent 2016 Rio Olympics, appeared as a guest co-host on Wednesday’s show.
Judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Simon Cowell, along with host Nick Cannon, were on hand for the live event airing from Hollywood’s Dolby Theater to learn which acts America had selected to advance for a chance at the $1 million top prize.
Also back for season 11 is 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.
Magicians Kadan Bart Rockett and Blake Vogt, singers Grace VanderWaal and Brian Justin Crum, family musical group Edgar, Argentine dance troupe Malevo and a cappella group Linkin’ Bridge all advanced to the finals.
Dancers Alla and Daniel, transgender comedian Julia Scotti, contortionist Velo Vaher, jugglers The Passing Zone and singer Ronee Martin were sent home.
Here’s a rundown of Wednesday’s action:
Dancers Alla and Daniel and magician Kadan Bart Rockett were the first two acts to learn their fates. Rockett advances to the semifinals. Rockett, 10, and his eight-year-old sister/assistant, Brooklyn, tearfully thanked America.
Next, singers Grace VanderWaal and Brian Justin Crum were called to the front of the stage. Both acts advance in the competition. Howie called the two “a higher level of talent,” declaring the vote a “win-win.”
Cannon then called transgender comedian Julia Scotti, contortionist Velo Vaher and family musical group Edgar to the front of the stage. Edgar moved on to the semifinals.
Jugglers The Passing Zone and magician Blake Vogt were the final two acts to learn their fates. Vogt advances to the next round of competition. Heidi noted that Blake – who is allergic to just about everything — showed his allergies “who’s boss.”
Earlier in the show, Cannon revealed that a cappella group Linkin’ Bridge, Argentine dance troupe Malevo and singer Ronee Martin 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 Malevo to advance to the semifinals.
The judges then got to decide which of the remaining two acts would advance. Heidi picked Ronee, but Mel B, Howie and Simon chose Linkin’ Bridge, sending the group to the semifinals.
The evening also included a performance by season-seven finalists Recycled Percussion.
America’s Got Talent returns next Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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