'America's Got Talent' reveals identities of Top 48 quarterfinalists
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/07/2011
America's Got Talent finished revealing the identities of its Top 48 sixth-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 groups and America's Got Talent judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel revealed some acts' prior auditions had been so strong that they were automatically advancing to the season's quarterfinals.
The announcement advanced 10 acts -- Silhouettes, Squonk Opera, Lys Agnes, Professor Splash, The Rhinestone Ropers, Fearless Flores Family, Melissa Villasenor, Captain and Maybelle, Team iLuminate, and Miami All Stars -- to the quarterfinals and left 38 slots available for the members of the two remaining groups.
One of the two remaining groups -- "the judges' favorites" -- then began re-auditioning for the judges while the other -- "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.
The judges then advanced 21 "judges' favorites" acts to the quarterfinals after the group's day-long auditions, which were shown on Tuesday night's two-hourAmerica's Got Talent broadcast.
Wednesday night'sAmerica's Got Talent broadcast then chronicled the second day of the Vegas auditions, which featured the standby group acts competing for one of the quarterfinals' 17 remaining slots.
Now that the season's Top 48 have been determined, America's Got Talent's sixth-season live performance shows will begin with the first group of 12 quarterfinals acts performing live on Tuesday, July 12 and then learning which acts will advance to the semifinals during the season's first results show on Wednesday, July 13.