Judge Howie Mandel raved that these America's Got Talent semifinalist performers had delivered the "best ever semifinals in the history" of his show after Tuesday's performances, and it was a good thing the judges weren't making the choices in the tally results Thursday, because acts they never wanted to see standing together were sweating it out center stage! Going it alone can be tough for anyone, and the voting public made a choice that spoke there is safety in numbers, as team talent took the night!
Four acts would be chosen, but only three could be finalists by the end of the night. The first trio called up were daughter and dad duo Shanice and Maurice; cloggers, All That, who literally brought fire and water along with leather to their last performance; and Lightwire Theatre, who created yet another spectacle from a baby bird egg. Howard Stern said that Lightwire Theatre's technical artistry showed "originality in spades," and America's vote concurred, as they were first chosen for the final vote.
In short order, comedian, Jacob Williams, dynamos with paintbrushes, David Garibaldi and His CMYKs, and Sebastien "El Charro de Oro," called a "Mexican superhero" by Howard Stern, got the summons. The nod went for numbers, but far from paint by numbers, when Garibaldi and his group of gangsta art masters were named the next finalists of four for the night.
Illusionist Nathan Burton returned to the America's Got Talent stage for the first time since his 2006 stint as taker of the Snapple Cameo vote for the season. His magic went from a park bench vanishing to making a Twitch-like transition in a giant microwave, making it evident why he has his own show at the Flamingo in Las Vegas now. Haunted by Heroes were mentioned last week, but finally got their stage spotlight this time. The 12-year-olds got just about as raucous as pre-teens can be, and Dee Snyder himself joined in on their "We're Not Gonna Take It," that raised the crowd to its feet.
The next trio was comprised of bird wrangler Clint Carvalho and his Extreme Parrots, including the intelligent Miss Kitty, the Olate Dogs, who did everything possible to procure the vote for favorite heart stealers as they rode their scooter across the stage in tandem, and acrobatic cyclists All Wheel Sports. Howard Stern said the grouping displayed the "amazing season" of the competition, and the difficulty in the vote. The public cry went for the pooches, and Olate Dogs licked in delight!
The band Train, did their song, "Drive By," and Howard Stern said they were prime examples of artists who never compromised. Well, does anyone remember when these guys were a rock band, before they wear hats that seemed like Howie Mandel's look-alikes? Oh, well. The final threesome was singer Tim Hockenberry whose simplicity in "Imagine" secured much admiration, Magic of Puck who indeed took his dancing hanky to greater heights, and the troupe of tween dancers The Untouchables who dared to Tango to the top. The Untouchables took another vote, as again, group night continues The Untouchables, Olate Dogs, Lightwire Theatre, and David Garibaldi and His CMYKs stood as the choices. The Untouchables got the first vote through to the finals, followed by the canine cuties, Olate Dogs. That left the judges' final choice between Lightwire Theatre and David Garibaldi and His CMYKs. Sharon Osbourne made the first call for Lightwire Theatre, and Howie Mandel cast his vote to Garibaldi, leaving Howard Stern to be the ultimate judge. Agreeing with Sharon that the decision was "a travesty," and then scolding Garibaldi and company for not painting the Statue of Liberty as something he would hang, he professed his love for painters, and put the artists through, admonishing them to improve their skills!
See who gets the final title, the big bucks, and the big contract next week!