'America's Got Talent' determines season's remaining Top 10 finalists
By Christopher Rocchio, 09/10/2009
America's Got Talent determined the final five Top 10 fourth-season acts during Wednesday night's live broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
Recycled Percussion, a musical band from Goffstown, NH; Lawrence Beamen, a singer from Walnut Creek, CA; Hairo Torres, a contortionist breakdancer from Grants Pass, OR; Drew Stevyns, a singer/guitarist from Sykesville, MD; and Barbara Padilla, an opera singer from Houston, TX, were revealed to have finished as the Top 5 vote-getters after Tuesday night's performance show, which featured 10 of the season's 20 semifinalist acts performing for home viewer votes.
America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon also revealed that pianist Jeffrey Ou, married juggling team Mario and Jenny Ferreira, dance ensemble FootworKINGz, singing trio The EriAm Sisters, and ballroom-dancing children Erik and Rickie had received the five lowest home viewer vote totals and been eliminated from the competition.
Recycled Percussion, Lawrence Beamen, Hairo Torres, Drew Stevyns and Barbara Padilla joined tenor trio The Texas Tenors, elderly stand-up comedian Grandma Lee, singer and guitarist Kevin Skinner, sibling singing trio The Voices of Glory, and tap dancing sisters Fab 5 as the fourth season's Top 10 finalists.
With the Top 10 revealed, America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan identified Barbara Padilla as his favorite to take home the title.
"Barbara I watched back the performance you gave last night. I can honestly say I think it was the single greatest vocal performance we've ever had on America's Got Talent," said Piers.
"But my only advice to you is you're now the red-hot favorite. That's a difficult position to be in going into the finals... Everybody else now knows how good they've got to be to try and beat you, and I can't wait for the final because it's going to be incredible."
America's Got Talent's Top 10 fourth-season finalists will all perform on Monday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT, after which home viewers will be able to vote for their favorite acts.
America's Got Talent's fourth-season champ will then be revealed live during a two-hour finale broadcast on Wednesday at 8PM ET/PT.