With the conclusion of the "Judge Cuts" round, the final 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 Louis Tomlinson from One Direction, who had the power to automatically advance one act without deliberation via the "Golden Buzzer."
Louis hit the "Golden Buzzer" for Jayna Brown, a 14-year-old singer from Baltimore, MD. Heidi complimented her voice as being "so beautiful," and Mel B. called her "a natural" who is meant to sing.
Simon said Jayna "turned the competition upside down," and Louis explained she has it all -- voice and performance -- and she's "so infectious." After hitting his buzzer, Louis added that she'll have a gorgeous recording voice.
The other acts the judges selected to advance to live shows were ThroWings, a married acrobat duo ages 25 and 29 from Boston, MA; Outlawz a male dance group ages 17-20 from Gilbert, AZ; Viktor Kee, a 45-year-old juggler from Orlando, FL; The Clairvoyants, a mind-reading act ages 28 and 29 from Vienna, Austria; Sos, a magician, and his assistant, Victoria Petrosyan, ages 44 and 37 from Mannheim, Germany; and Musicality, an A cappella group ages 15-18 from Chicago IL.
The seven acts were chosen because they absolutely blew the judges away. In addition to Jayna, there were two standout acts in the group -- Sos and Victoria, who performed a magical routine full of lightning flash costume changes, and The Clairvoyants, who have most Americans convinced the woman in the act has a true gift and not just tricks up her sleeve.
The results unfortunately sent 13 talented acts packing.
Some of the eliminated acts were Campbell Walker Fields, a 14-year-old singer from Oklahoma City, OK; Flip, a dance group ages 14-17 from Montreal Canada; Shane and Shannon Jensen, Latin ballroom dancers ages 27 and 26 from Provo, UT; Ary Hill, a 20-year-old singer from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Avonlea Martin, a 16-year-old singer and pianist from Santa Rosa, CA; and John Hetlinger, an 82-year-old heavy metal rocker from Broomfield, CO.
The rest of the acts who were cut from the competition are Nathan Bockstahler, a six-year-old comedian from Carlsbad, CA; Jon Bernhardt, a 52-year-old comedian from Somerville, MA; Jonathan Nosan, a 47-year-old contortionist from New York, NY; The Amazing Armando, a 30-year-old magician; Oksana Grishina, a 38-year-old dancer and gymnast from Los Angeles CA; The Baron of the Universe, a 35-year-old who hangs heavy items off his skin from Las Vegas, NV; and D.J. Demers, a 30-year-old comedian from Los Angeles, CA.
The seven acts who advanced to the live shows to be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood will join the 26 previously-announced acts in addition to the judges' three Wild Card Picks, who will be revealed shortly, rounding out Season 11's Top 36 acts.
On Tuesday, July 26 from 8-10PM ET/PT, the first 12 acts of the Top 36 will take the stage to perform for America's vote. The results show on July 27 from 8-9PM ET/PT will feature a performance from Season 10 winner Paul Zerdin, a hilarious ventriloquist.
Below is a list of AGT's Top 33 eleventh-season acts (which doesn't include the three Wild Cards):
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Alla and Daniel, Blake Vogt, Brian Justin Crum, Calysta Bevier, Daniel Joyner, Deadly Games, Dorothy Williams, Edgar, Grace VanderWaal, Hara, Jayna Brown, Jon Dorenbos, Julia Scotti, Kadan Bart Rockett, Kadie Lynn, Laura Bretan, Linkin Bridge, Lori Mae Hernandez, Malevo, Moya Angela, Musicality, Outlawz, Ronee Martin, Ryan Stock and Amberlynn, Sal Valentinetti, Sofie Dossi, Sos & Victoria, Tape Face, The Clairvoyants, The Passing Zone, ThroWings, Vello Vaher and Viktor Kee.