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'America's Got Talent' recap: 7 more acts advance to live shows, including "Golden Buzzer" winner Celine Tam


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/02/2017 

America's Got Talent judges Heidi Klum, Melanie "Mel B" Brown, Howie Mandel, and Simon Cowell advanced seven of 20 acts to Season 12's live shows during Tuesday night's broadcast on NBC.

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The "Judge Cuts" round continued last night with 20 acts taking the stage one at a time and the judges making some extremely difficult elimination decisions.

AGT's judges were joined by guest judge Laverne Cox, an actress who had the power to automatically advance one act without deliberation via the "Golden Buzzer."

Laverne hit the "Golden Buzzer" for Celine Tam, a nine-year-old powerhouse singer from Hong Kong, who sang "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" by Michael Bolton.

"I just want to eat you up and take you home. You were so adorable and so cute, and your voice is amazing. I am really blown away. You are so talented," Laverne said just as she was about to hit the special button.

The six other acts the judges selected to advance to the live shows were Oscar Hernandez, a 34-year-old dancer; Mike Yung, a 56-year-old subway singer; Brobots & Mandriodz, a hip-hop crew of teens and young adults; Diavolo, a theatrical dance and gymnastics company; Preacher Lawson, a 26-year-old comedian; and Benny England and Emily England, a brother and sister roller skating duo.

The seven acts were chosen because they either blew the judges away, made them laugh or tugged at their heartstrings.

Benny and Emily were definitely the other standout act of the bunch, as their routine was death-defying and shocking. For one stunt, Emily grabbed on to Benny's beard and he spun her around as she held on to one of her legs.

The results unfortunately sent 13 talented acts packing -- including Tony vs. Jordan, identical twin magicians; The Naked Magicians, a duo magic act; Jeki Yoo, a 39-year-old magician; Herbie Russ, a 54-year-old singer and saxophonist; Five Alive, a boy band; Final Draft, a four-guy singing group in their twenties; and Marisa McKaye, a 12-year-old singer and guitarist.

The rest of the eliminated acts were Aileen George, a 27-year-old "poleformer;" Shemika Charles, a 24-year-old limbo dancer; Jay Jay Phillips, a 25-year-old keyboard-playing rocker; Jonathan Rinny, a 25-year-old acrobat; Bello Nock, a 47-year-old daredevil; and Daniel Ferguson, a 23-year-old singing impressionist.

Next week, Seal will serve as the guest judge on America's Got Talent's panel for the conclusion of the "Judge Cuts" round.


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