'America's Got Talent' rounds out the Top 12 ninth-season finalists
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/04/2014
America's Got Talent revealed the remaining six of its 12 ninth-season finalist acts during Wednesday night's live results show of the NBC reality competition series.
AcroArmy, a group of acrobatic gymnastics; Emil and Dariel, a pair of cellists; Mat Franco, a magician from RI; and Quintavious Johnson, a 12-year-old singer from Franklin, TN, were revealed to have finished as the Top 4 vote-getters after Tuesday night's performance show, automatically earning them a spot in America's Got Talent's ninth-season finals.
Tuesday night's episode had featured the season's second group of 12 semifinalist acts performing for home viewer votes, including judge Howard Stern's "Wild Card" pick Wendy Liebman, a stand-up comedian from New York.
During last night's results show, America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon revealed that Wendy, the band called Jonah Smith, singer and guitarist Jaycob Curlee, dance company Baila Conmigo, and singer Kelli Glover had received the five lowest home viewer vote totals.
The "Snapple Save" twist was also utilized once again in which America could vote live to save one of the acts who had finished in fifth, sixth or seventh place based on Tuesday night's voting results.
America voted to advance Blue Journey, an innovative dance duet featuring video projection and animation, to the Top 12 finalists.
Blue Journey beat out Tomas "Smoothini" de la Cruz, a magician and comedian from New York City, as well as Christian Stoinev, a 22-year-old hand balancer and dog act, for the spot.
However, the AGT judges were given the power to save either Christian or Smoothini from elimination. They could advance only one of the two acts to the finals. Howard, Melanie "Mel B." Brown and Howie Mandel all voted to save Christian in the competition. Therefore, Smoothini got sent home and judge Heidi Klum did not even have to reveal her vote.
Next week's AGT performance show will feature the Top 12 finalists taking the stage again in attempt to earn home viewer votes.