'America's Got Talent' determines next four sixth-season semifinalists
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/21/2011
America's Got Talent revealed its next four sixth-season semifinalist acts during Wednesday night's live broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
Silhouettes, an interpretive dance act from Arvada, CO; Steven Retchless, a pole dancer and aerialist from New York, NY; and Daniel Joseph Baker, a singer and pianist from Katy, TX, were revealed to have finished as the Top 3 vote-getters after Tuesday night's performance show which featured the season's second group of 12 quarterfinalists performing for home viewer votes, automatically earning them a spot in America's Got Talent sixth-season semifinals.
America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon also revealed that drilling dance crew Attack Dance Crew, singer and guitarist Dani Shay, comedian Geechy Guy, variety act The Rhinestone Ropers, singer and guitarist Dylan Andre, variety act Thomas John, and twin singers and guitarist duo Mona Lisa 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 -- Landon Swank, a magician from Wasilla, AK, or Smage Bros. Riding Shows, a motorcycle stunt show act from Elkhorn, WI -- should become the fourth act to advance to the semifinals.
"[Smage Bros.], I thought that your guys' performance last night was sensational. It was exhilarating. And Landon Swank, I've been a fan of yours from the beginning. I did think that yesterday, your timing in the act -- your trick took too long," Sharon said.
"However, I know that the crew and the producers would just be really sad if I don't vote you in because of Harmony [Landon's assistant]. They've all fallen in love with her as has Piers. It has to be -- really, it's got to be -- Smage Bros. They're going to go through. I like them the best."
Piers then disagreed with Sharon and cast his vote for Landon.
"Very difficult choices because very different acts. If you asked me at the end of last night's show, I'd have said Smage Bros. because it was exciting and dynamic and stuff. But then I watched the show back on television, and I really liked [Landon's] performance last night. It was slick; It was clever... really impressive," Piers explained.
"I'm in a different mindset about it. If I had to choose right now, I'm struck by what young Troy [of the Smage Bros.] said in that he fears his life. And for that reason, I'm going to save your life, Troy, and I'm going to vote Landon."
The decision then came down to Howie, as one judge had voted for each act.
"Smage Bros., very exciting, very scary and nobody's more scared than you are. I thought I was scared just watching it, but it's an amazingly exciting act. Landon Swank, still I have to say I agree with what Sharon said yesterday that you had a little problem with the presentation -- but still, you've shown me the best illusion that I've ever seen, the best illusion I've ever seen -- that thing with the balloons. So you are truly an amazing act, but I have to pick one. Can I pick two?" Howie jokingly asked Nick.
"You can't take two," Nick confirmed.
"Well, you know what? The most exciting thing I saw yesterday was the Smage Bros!" Howie said.
America's Got Talent's next episode will air Tuesday, July 26 and feature the season's third group of 12 quarterfinalists performing for the chance to advance to the semifinals.
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