'America's Got Talent' advances four more acts to the semifinals
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/15/2013
America's Got Talent revealed its fourth set of four eighth-season semifinalist acts during Wednesday night's live broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
Cami Bradley, Jimmy Rose and Timber Brown were revealed to have finished as the Top 3 vote-getters after Tuesday night's performance show which featured the season's fourth group of 12 quarterfinalists performing for home viewer votes, automatically earning them a spot inAmerica's Got Talent's eighth-season semifinals.
3Penny Chorus and Orchestra, The Robotix, Aerial Ice, David Ferman, Champions Forever, Sensetion, and Tummy Talk had received the seven lowest home viewer vote totals.
The announcements then left America's Got Talent judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Melanie "Mel B" Brown, and Howard Stern with the task of deciding which of the two acts that had received the fourth and fifth highest vote totals -- Chloe Channell and Taylor Williamson -- should become the fourth act to advance to the semifinals.
"Taylor, don't look at me like that. I actually really, really like you. I do, I like you. I've seen you on the stage a couple of times now and I actually like you more when we're just chatting -- when we're riffing, you know? So I want you to know that, that I like you. But I am going to vote for you, Chloe. You sang your little heart out. You did. I really like you and I really like what you did last night. I'm going to go with Chloe," Heidi said.
"Our job as a judge is not only about what we like. It's about, can you judge talent? What will be a big star in America? What works for America? And I think for the judges' decision so far this year, this is the toughest decision. Because Chloe, for your age, 11-years-old, you're a wonderful talent so beyond your years -- not like an 11-year-old," Howie began.
"Yeah, you had a little hiccup yesterday, but the thing is, it's amazing and I think, I've watched adults and [MarTy Brown] fell apart on the stage, you're 11-years-old and you had a moment. You're great, amazing for your age. Taylor, you are so tall for your age, no, but I love what you do. You make me laugh. That's what you're supposed to do. I vote for you young man."
"Chloe Channell, that's a star name. We were a little critical of you last night because we watch everything and we try to come up with an evaluation. And Howie has it right. You're 11-years-old and you were spectacular... I saw you crying in the package and that breaks my heart because you've got nothing to cry about. You're a very sweet girl," Howard noted.
"Taylor Williamson, I am a huge fan of yours. I happen to think that you are an up and coming star for a very good reason. Your character, your personality is killer, right on. I'm a fan. Chloe, no knock against you, but I really have to vote for Taylor to go on."
"This is a really tough one. Taylor, I actually do find you incredibly funny. I'm actually looking at you and I can't help but smile when I look at you. You are very entertaining and I think you're a great comedian. Chloe, you're 11-years-old. I worry, as a mom, is this too much for you? It's a lot of pressure to handle and you're so young," Mel B. explained.
"We saw it yesterday, you had a little bit of a hiccup. You were crying already. I just want to protect you. So I don't know if this competition is a bit too big for you. You know what? I'm going to go with my gut instinct and I vote for Chloe."
Because the judges forced a 2-2 tie, the act who received the greater number of home viewer votes would get to advance, and that person was Taylor Williamson.
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Next week's America's Got Talent broadcast will feature the remaining 12 acts performing: Virginia State University Gospel Chorale, Catapult Entertainment, Duo Resonance, 2Unique, Sprice, John Wing, Melody Caballero, Dave Fenley, Ruby & Jonas, D'Angelo & Amanda, Selena Mykenzie Gordon, and Sam Johnson.