'America's Got Talent' sends 7 acts to semifinals, Kadie Lynn Roberson and ThroWings fight for judges' votes
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/04/2016
America's Got Talent revealed another group of seven eleventh-season semifinalist acts during Wednesday night's live broadcast of the NBC reality competition series.
Tuesday night's episode had featured the season's second group of 12 quarterfinalist acts performing for home viewer votes. And last night, major cuts were made.
The Clairvoyants, a mind-reading act ages 28 and 29 from Vienna, Austria; Viktor Kee, a 45-year-old juggler from Orlando, FL; Sofie Dossi, a 14-year-old contortionist/aerialist act; Steven Brundage, a 25-year-old magician; and Calysta Bevier, a 16-year-old singer and cancer survivor from Grand Rapids, Ohio, were revealed to have finished as the Top 5 votegetters following Tuesday night's performance show, automatically earning them a spot in America's Got Talent's Season 11 semifinals.
The four lowest votegetters, who were immediately sent packing were Sos and Victoria Petrosyan, a magic act from Mannheim, Germany; Flip, a dance group ages 14-17 from Montreal Canada; Ryan Stock and AmberLynn, a stunt and object-swallowing act from Las Vegas, Nevada; and Moya Angela, a 32-year-old soulful singer from Indianapolis IN.
The three remaining acts -- Kadie Lynn Roberson, a 12-year-old country singer from Kemp, TX; Sal Valentinetti, a 20-year-old crooner from Long Island, NY; and ThroWings, a married acrobatic duo -- finished in sixth, seventh or eighth place, and were therefore at the mercy of America and the judges.
The "Dunkin' Save," which allows home viewers a 30-minute window to vote for their favorite act, eventually saved Sal from elimination.
Howie and Mel B both voted for ThroWings to advance because there is no one like them on the show this season, but then Heidi and Simon voted for Kadie because she is "a rising star" who has a lot of "potential to grow."
Due to the tiebreaker, Nick announced which act had received more votes from Tuesday night's show, and that person was Kadie. ThroWings was eliminated from AGT as a result.
America's Got Talent will return August 23 with the last 12 quarterfinalist acts competing for a spot in the semifinals.
Those acts will be Grace VanderWaal, Malevo, Linkin' Bridge, Vello Vaher, The Passing Zone, Edgar, Kadan Bart Rockett, Julia Scotti, Ronee, Alla and Daniel, Blake Vogt and Brian Justin Crum.