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'America's Got Talent' advances remaining 5 acts to Top 10 finals


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/08/2016 

America's Got Talent revealed the last five of its Season 11 finalist acts during Wednesday night's live broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.

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The Clairvoyants, a mind-reading act ages 28 and 29 from Vienna, Austria; Brian Justin Crum, a 28-year-old singer from Los Angeles, CA; and Linkin' Bridge, an A cappella singing group ages 36-41 from Louisville, KY, were revealed to have finished as the Top 3 votegetters following Tuesday night's performance show, automatically earning them a spot in America's Got Talent's Top 10.

Tuesday night's episode had featured 11 of the season's semifinalist acts performing for home viewer votes. America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon disclosed that the most votes in show history poured in that night. 

Nick also revealed last night that The Passing Zone, a knife-throwing act featuring a 49-year-old man from Hermosa Beach, CA; Kadan Bart Rockett, a 10-year-old magician from Hollywood CA; Kadie Lynn Roberson, a 12-year-old country singer from Kemp, TX; Calysta Bevier, a 16-year-old singer and cancer survivor from Grand Rapids, Ohio; and Jayna Brown, a 14-year-old singer from Baltimore, MD, had received the five lowest home viewer vote totals.

With Sofie Dossi, a 14-year-old contortionist/aerialist act from Cypress, CA; Steven Brundage, a 25-year-old magician from Saratoga Springs, NY; and Viktor Kee, a 45-year-old juggler from Orlando, FL, in jeopardy -- as they were the 4th, 5th and 6th ranked acts based on votes -- America had the chance to save one of them. The judges were surprised to see these three acts fighting for survival.

America then had about a 30-minute window to tweet their votes, and home viewers ultimately voted to save Sofie via the "Dunkin' Save."

The announcement left Steven and Viktor competing for the fifth finalist spot.

America's Got Talent judges Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, Melanie "Mel B" Brown and Howie Mandel had the daunting task of determining which act should advance in the competition to the final round.

Heidi voted to advance Viktor to the finals, Mel B wanted Steven to move forward in the competition, Simon voted for Steven to advance, and then Howie finally voted for Viktor. Because of the 2-2 tie, America's votes from Tuesday night were the deciding factor, and Viktor had received the larger portion.

Viktor therefore won a spot in AGT's finals and Steven was sent home for the second time this season.






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