'America's Got Talent' reveals identities of Top 48 quarterfinalists
By Reality TV World staff, 07/08/2010
America's Got Talent finished revealing the identities of its Top 48 fifth-season quarterfinalists during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality talent competition.
The quarterfinalists were selected during America's Got Talent's two-episode Vegas round in which over a hundred acts traveled to Las Vegas after advancing past the show's initial open auditions.
After arriving in Vegas, the acts were divided into three groups and America's Got Talent judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel revealed one group's prior auditions had been so strong that they were automatically advancing to the season's quarterfinals.
"We looked at every audition incredibly closely and... we decided in your case that you were so good you're going straight to Hollywood!" Morgan told the group. "Congratulations!"
The announcement advanced 10 acts -- ArcAttack, Cheer SF, Da Maniacs, Fighting Gravity, Future Funk, Haspop, Kaya & Sadie, Polina Volchek, Strikers All Stars, and The South Philly Vikings -- to the quarterfinals and left 38 slots available for the members of the two remaining groups.
One of the two remaining groups -- Group A, "the judges' favorites" -- then began re-auditioning for the judges while the other -- Group B, "the standby group" -- was left to wait and see if they would also get a chance to demonstrate they deserved to be in the quarterfinals.
"I'm sorry, but I really don't have good news for you," Osbourne told the Group B acts. "After reviewing all the tapes, we felt that your acts weren't as good as Group A's. Therefore after we review all the acts in Group A, if there are places left you can perform then."
"There may be two places left, there may be ten places left -- it depends on how well or how badly Group A performs. Until then I'm sorry, all you can do is wait."
The judges then advanced 27 "judges' favorites" acts to the quarterfinals after Group A's day-long auditions, which were shown on Tuesday night's two-hour America's Got Talent broadcast.
Wednesday night's America's Got Talent broadcast then chronicled the second day the Vegas auditions, which featured the Group C standby acts competing for one of the quarterfinals' 11 remaining slots.
After the auditions were over, the judges decided to advance Airpocalypse, Christina & Ali, Iron Horse, Jeremy Vanschoonhoven, Kung Fu Heroes, Luigi, Nathaniel Kenyon, NU Covenant, Ronith, RNG, and The Strange Familiar to the quarterfinals, completing America's Got Talent's fifth-season Top 48.
Now that the season's Top 48 have been determined, America's Got Talent's fifth-season live performance shows will begin, with the first group of 12 quarterfinals acts performing live on Tuesday, July 13 and then learning which four acts will advance to the semifinals during the season's first results show on Wednesday, July 14.