'America's Got Talent' results: Final group of seven semifinalist acts revealed, includes Grace VanderWaal
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/25/2016
America's Got Talent revealed the last group of seven semifinalist acts for Season 11 during Wednesday night's live broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
As determined last night, seven of AGT's Top 21 semifinalists -- which does not include Wild Card picks -- are Kadan Bart Rockett, a 10-year-old magician from Hollywood CA; Grace VanderWaal, a 12-year-old singer from Stuffern, NY; Brian Justin Crum, a 28-year-old singer from Los Angeles, CA; Edgar Family Band, a trio ages from 15-36 from Toluca Lake, CA; and Blake Vogt, a 27-year-old magician from Lebanon, IN.
Kadan, Grace, Brian, Edgar and Blake were revealed by host Nick Cannon to have finished as the Top 5 votegetters following Tuesday night's performance show, automatically earning them a spot in the next round of America's Got Talent's eleventh season.
Tuesday night's episode had featured the season's last group of 12 quarterfinalist acts performing for home viewer votes.
The three acts in jeopardy, who just barely missed the Top 5 based on Tuesday's votes, were Malevo, a drumming and dancing act ages 17-42 from Buenos Aires, Argentina; Linkin' Bridge, an A cappella singing group ages 36-41 from Louisville, KY; and Ronee Martin, a 62-year-old singer from Columbia, VA.
America had a 30-minute window to tweet their votes for their favorite act, and home viewers ultimately voted to instantly save Malevo.
The announcement left Linkin' Bridge and Ronee Martin fighting for the final semifinalist spot, and the judges had to determine whom they'd like to see advance in the competition.
Mel B. voted to save Linkin' Bridge, and then Howie also voted for the "inspirational" Linkin' Bridge. Once Heidi voted for Ronee to sing again on America's Got Talent, Simon was put in a tough position.
Simon chose to advance Linkin' Bridge to the semifinals, so Ronee was eliminated.
The four ousted acts who had received the fewest number of home viewer votes were Alla and Daniel Novikov, a dancing act ages 32 and 8 respectively from Upland, CA; Vello Vaher, a 52-year-old contortionist from Tallinn, Estonia; Julia Scotti, a 63-year-old comedian from Fairview, NJ; and The Passing Zone, a knife-throwing act featuring a 49-year-old man from Hermosa Beach, CA.