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'America's Got Talent' advances 7 more acts to live shows as "Judge Cuts" round continues with guest Reba McEntire


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/14/2016 

America's Got Talent judges Heidi Klum, Melanie "Mel B" Brown, Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell advanced seven of 20 acts to Season 11's live shows during Wednesday night's broadcast on NBC.

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With the continuation of the "Judge Cuts" round, 20 acts took the stage one at a time and the judges had to make some extremely difficult elimination decisions. AGT's judges were joined by guest judge Reba McEntire, who had the power to automatically advance one act without deliberation via the "Golden Buzzer."

Reba hit the "Golden Buzzer" for Sofie Dossi, a 14-year-old dancer, acrobat and strength act from Cypress, CA. Simon said Sofie reminded him of someone straight out of Game of Thrones when she managed to shoot a bow and arrow with her feet while balancing on her hands. Mel B. was astonished that she was able to top her last performance. Reba hit the buzzer because she couldn't believe a girl her age was so talented and self-taught. 

The other acts the judges selected to advance to live shows were Kadie Lynn Roberson, a 12-year-old country singer from Kemp, TX; Vello Vaher, a 52-year-old contortionist from Tallinn, Estonia; Moya Angela, a 32-year-old soulful singer from Indianapolis IN; Kadan Bart Rockett, a 10-year-old magician from Hollywood CA; Julia Scotti, a 63-year-old comedian from Fairview, NJ; and Deadly Games, a husband and wife knife-throwing act, ages 34 and 32, from Las Vegas, NV.

The seven acts were chosen because they absolutely blew the judges away. In addition to Sofie, there were two standout acts in the group -- Kadan, who managed to pull numerous female dancers out of a suitcase, and Deadly Games, which was truly dangerous act in which the knife target could've gotten killed or seriously injured.

The results unfortunately sent 13 talented acts packing.

The eliminated acts included House of Lewis, a hip-hop group ages 31-34 from Provo, UT; Zach Sherwin, a 35-year-old rapper from Los Angeles, CA; Skylar Katz, an 11-year-old rapper from Melville, NY; Erik Cavanaugh, a 23-year-old ballet/contemporary dancer from Pittsburgh, PA; Youngster, a dance act ages 10-13 from Montreal, Canada; and Cody Carter, a 14-year-old flame-throwing, baton twirler from Phoenix, AZ.

Also cut from the competition were Adam Grabowski, a 28-year-old comedian from Chicago, IL; OneVoice, an A capella group ages 16-18 from Eads, TN; RL Bell, a 50-year-old singer from Houston TX; Cecile & Mighty a 50-year-old comedy duo from Lomita, CA; Steven Brundage, a 25-year-old magician from Saratoga Springs, NY; and Gary Sladek & Broadway Jim, ages 57 and 55 from Babylon, NY, who did a comedy/trampoline routine.

The big surprise of the night was Steven's ouster because he wowed the judges with his Rubik's Cube magic act. The judges' comments suggested he was a shoo-in for the live shows, and the humble guy cried when he learned he wouldn't be advancing.


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