'America's Got Talent' determines four more fifth-season semifinalists
By Reality TV World staff, 07/29/2010
America's Got Talent determined four more fifth-season semifinalist acts during Wednesday night's live broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
Haspop, a hip-hop dancer from Los Angeles, CA; Debra Romer, a musician and singer from Kalamazoo, MI; and Studio One Young Beast Society, a dance crew from Orlando, FL, were revealed to have finished as the Top 3 vote-getters after Tuesday night's performance show which featured the season's third group of 12 quarterfinalists performing for home viewer votes, automatically earning them a spot in America's Got Talent fifth-season semifinals.
America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon also revealed that magician Chipps Cooney, 11-year-old rapper and dancer CJ Dippa, harmonica player Harmonica Pierre, musician and singer Luigi, dance crew The South Philly Vikings, rock band The Strange Familiar, and gymnast/acrobat Polina Volchek had received the seven lowest home viewer vote totals in the group and would not be advancing.
The announcements then left America's Got Talent judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel with the task of deciding which of the two acts that had received the fourth and fifth highest vote totals -- Kaya & Sadie, a belly dancing duo from Denver, CO, or Jeremy Vanschoonhoven, a stunt bike rider from Talent, OR -- should become the fourth act to advance to the semifinals.
"This is really, really hard because they're both so different yet at the top of their game," Osbourne said. "I think -- well, I don't think -- I'm going to put Jeremy through."
In a departure from the judges' usual routine, Morgan then also cast his vote for the same act -- eliminating the need for Mandel to reveal his own vote.
"Well under normal circumstances, presented with a trick cyclist or a couple of beautiful belly dancers my decision would take about three seconds and I'd go with the belly dancers. But it's a bit complicated, because I really thought, last night, Jeremy, you really showed me how trick cycling can be a form of big entertainment in Vegas," Morgan said.
"It's hard, it's a really hard one. I've got to go in the end, I think, with the act -- and I always say this, but it's true -- I've got to go with the act that I genuinely can see winning this competition and being a million-dollar act in Vegas. And for that reason I am going to go... I'm going to go with Jeremy."
Afterward, Mandel suggested he would have voted for Vanschoonhoven as well.
"Howie, you didn't get a chance to vote, but would you have voted for Jeremy anyways?" Cannon asked.
"I think Jeremy should go to Vegas and Kaya and Sadie should come to my house!" he joked.
America's Got Talent's next episode will air Tuesday, August 3 and feature the season's final group of 12 quarterfinalists performing for the chance to advance to the semifinals.