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'America's Got Talent' results: Was anyone surprised? [Video]

July 21, 2011 |  7:20 am

"America's Got Talent" voters (and judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel) got it right again Wednesday night, putting the best four acts of the week's 12 contenders through to the semifinals.

The show's only real suspense and excitement came from "Traces," a breathtaking performance by the French Canadian dance/acrobatic troupe 7 Fingers, which is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour. Canada's got talent, too, it seems.

Otherwise, there were few surprises as Nick Cannon lined up the acts three at a time, quickly eliminating performers who the previous evening, once the horse droppings were cleaned up and the flat notes faded away, had left little trace. Sent packing were the cowboy act the Rhinestone Ropers and ironic juggler Thomas John, "drillers" Attack Dance Crew and the one-liner-spewing Geechy Guy, singers Dani Shay and Dylan Andre, who both, let's face it, looked better than they sang.

The top three left standing and semifinals-bound before Cannon called the final trio onstage were the ingenious young dance troupe the Silhouettes, the beautiful male pole dancer Steven Retchless (Mandel irritatingly advised him to tone things down for middle America; thank goodness for Osbourne who piped up with a "just be yourself"), and "fierce" singer Daniel Joseph Baker (snap-snap, middle America!).

So it was motorbike daredevils Smage Bros. Riding Show, twin singers Mona Lisa and magician Landon Swank (with his swank fiancée) vying for the final slot. With Mona Lisa quickly eliminated, the judges weighed whether to put through the Smage Bros. or Swank. Tick-tock, tick-tock. They wound down the clock with Osbourne tipping her hat toward Smage, Morgan giving it to Swank and Mandel muttering about this and that before saying what we all knew he'd say: Smage Bros. had made it through.

Even the Smages themselves didn't seem terribly surprised. Were you?


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-- Amy Reiter