Four more acts got through to the Season 7 Semifinals on "America's Got Talent," but if you were to guess which ones, you just might be wrong.
A goth opera singer, a mariachi band with a 10-year-old singer, a group of male cloggers, and a comedic ventriloquist act where the partner is a dog all walk onto a stage in Newark, New Jersey. Sounds like there's going to be a punchline, right? ? But there isn't one. There is a conclusion, though. And it all came about on the results show for the Wild Card round of "America's Got Talent."
It started when the "America's Got Talent" judges -- Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel -- got to pick four acts (each) from earlier in the competition that they thought deserved a second chance to see if they could convince America to put them through to the Semifinals. On Tuesday evening, the twelve Wild Card acts took the stage one by one in an effort to win the votes of viewers and continue toward a million-dollar prize and a headlining deal in Las Vegas.
As it always does, it came down to the accumulation of votes. So which acts got the most?
Host Nick Cannon brought out mariachi band Sebastien "El Charro de Oro," balancing act The Bandbaz Brothers, and crossbow trickshot artist Ben Blaque. After making them wait an interminably long time, Nick announces that Sebastien would be moving on.
After the break, the cast of the Broadway musical "Bring It On" performed the song "Cross The Line." Oddly, it was reminiscent of "Glee." But, then, due to its primary setting being a high school, perhaps such comparisons are inevitable...
Afterward, the "America's Got Talent" host asked nutshot taker Horse, 15-year-old singer Jake Wesley Rogers, and goth opera singer Andrew De Leon to the stage. After another interminably long pause, the results from America's voting was that Andrew De Leon would be moving into the Semifinals.
Judge Howie Mandel was beside himself. He was two for two. His acts were getting through. Judge Stern said Howie was so full of himself that he was becoming nauseous.
But Nick got back to his hosting duties and quickly brought out ventriloquist Todd Oliver and Irving (his dog), balancing act Cristin Sandu, and magician/escape artist Spencer Horsman. After the wait, Todd Oliver heard his name called.
Before naming the last Wild Card act to make the Season 7 Semifinals, Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City performed their hit song, "Good Time," from Owl City's just released fourth album, The Midsummer Station. "Good Time" is currently rising on the Billboard Hot 100 and closing in on the Top 10 (No. 13 at present). Carly Rae Jepsen, coming off a nine-week No. 1 run with her smash hit "Call Me Maybe," will release her second studio album, Kiss, in September.
With the last three acts in tow, Nick led them out on stage -- dancer Lindsay Norton, clogging group All That!, and pianist/magician act Jarrett & Raja. After the magic act was quickly sent off stage (to judge Howard Stern's cries of "It's a crime"), the choice was left to the judges. Both acts were judge Sharon's callbacks and Howard said that he had to go with the criteria of who he would pay money to see. So he chose All That!
Howie said he felt he must still be in the afterglow of the Olympics and chose Lindsay Norton. Sharon lamented that the two guys were always putting her in this type of situation, but when pressed, she chose the act she picked to first to return to the show -- All That!
With the choosing of All That!, the four acts from the Wild Card Show had been named and would move forward to the Semifinals, which start next week.
So a goth opera singer, a child-led mariachi band, an all-male clogging group, and a ventriloquist that uses a live dog as his dummy walk onto a stage in Newark, New Jersey, and a day later walk off winners of part of a competition that allows them to move into the Semifinals of "America's Got Talent." They have won the opportunity to compete with 20 other acts -- all of which are vying for a million dollar prize and a chance to headline in Las Vegas.
"America's Got Talent" airs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week on NBC Television.