'America's Got Talent' determines first four fifth-season semifinalists
By Reality TV World staff, 07/15/2010
America's Got Talent revealed its first four fifth-season semifinalist acts during Wednesday night's live broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
Christina & Ali, a singing sisters duo from Idaho Falls, ID; Fighting Gravity, a dance group from Blacksburg, VA; and Nathaniel Kenyon, a musician and singer from Baxley, GA, were revealed to have finished as the Top 3 vote-getters after Tuesday night's performance show which featured the season's first group of 12 quarterfinalists performing for home viewer votes, automatically earning them a spot in America's Got Talent fifth-season semifinals.
America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon also revealed that air guitar band Airpocalypse, tap dancers The Hot Shot Tap Dancers, martial artists group Kung Fu Heroes, artist Maricar, juggler Nick Pike, singer Paul Safy Jr., and hand whistler Sally Cohn had received the seven lowest home viewer vote totals.
The announcements then left America's Got Talent judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel with the task of deciding which of the two acts that had received the fourth and fifth highest vote totals -- Future Funk, a pint-size hip-hop duo from Las Vegas, NV, or RNG, an all-girl hip-hop crew from Seattle, WA -- should become the fourth act to advance to the semifinals.
"This is a very difficult call because you've got two very talented young acts," Morgan said.
"The girls are definitely in my view better technical dancers. The boys, they're funny, as they've said, they're entertaining -- something different than just technical dancing. So in the end, I've thought about it carefully, and my vote is going to do with the act that I personally enjoyed most, and that's Future Funk."
Sharon predictably cast her vote for the opposite act.
"It's like asking me if I like peaches or strawberries -- I like them both," she said. "So because of technical ability, and I think they're ahead of the game on the technical side, it has to be RNG."
With one vote apiece, it was then up to Mandel to cast the deciding vote -- a task he barely managed to accomplish before the live broadcast ended.
"Howie, it's up to you -- we've got 30 seconds left on television! Howie, 15 seconds! The show is going off, who?" Cannon shouted as Mandel grabbed his head and struggled to make a decision as the broadcast's closing credits flashed on-screen.
"Vote!" Morgan yelled.
"Future Funk!" Mandel finally shouted just before the live broadcast ended.