'America's Got Talent' results: Rounding out the top 10
When it came time for the judges to decide which of two acts would take the fifth and final open slot in the "America's Got Talent" top 10 Wednesday night, Piers Morgan noted that he was choosing between an act that had been an early favorite, but had had an off night Tuesday, and a middle-of-the-pack contender that had just sprinted impressively into a leading position. Which would it be?
Morgan went the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately route, throwing his chips in for the Smage Bros. Riding Show, which had really cranked up the excitement with its latest turn on stage. And Howie Mandel followed, sealing the impressively death-defying stunt bikers' victory and depriving the tremendously talented street dancer Snap Boogie of his dreams. (Sharon Osbourne had gone for Snap, but her vote was left stranded.)
The American public, however, proved more constant, voting through other longtime faves, including young shadow-dance group the Silhouettes, whose performance Tuesday night also was decidedly not its best; 11-year-old singer Anna Graceman; Sinatra crooner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.; and heartthrob magician Landon Swank.
Going home, sadly, were college acrobatic troupe Gymkana and gravity-flouting pole dancer Steven Retchless, as well as high-dive belly-flopper Professor Splash, hard-luck dance team Fatally Unique, rope-jumping Summerwind Skippers and, yes, the Kinetic King, who hopefully declared that his Kinetic Queen was out there watching somewhere and sent her a kiss that, for all we know, sent off a life-changing chain reaction in some "AGT"-watcher's heart. (Goggles at the ready, ladies.)
I'll admit, Nick Cannon faked me out when he called Anna Graceman and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. to the stage and then announced, despite the audience chants of "both, both, both, both" that Graceman would be the one going through. He appeared to have faked out the judges too; Osbourne looked completely shocked, mouthing "Wow" to Morgan.
But then Cannon -- that jokester! -- informed Murphy (in the midst of the singer's grateful goodbye) that, naw, man, "the ride ain't over. You made it through too!"
All in all, an exciting results show, with interesting performances by David Guetta with Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida and the singer Susan Boyle, who found fame on "Britain’s Got Talent."
Boyle is really so fascinating to watch –- her mellifluous voice in stark contrast to her absolutely terrified-looking onstage stance.
Anyhow, what did you think of Wednesday night's results? Were the right five acts chosen to round out the top 10? And who do you think has a shot at going all the way?
-- Amy Reiter
Photos: Clockwise, Nicki Minaj, Susan Boyle, Flo Rida and David Guetta. Credit: Randy Lewis / NBC