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'America's Got Talent' results: Which Wild Card acts slid through?

August 17, 2011 |  8:16 pm

Sheesh! Those "America's Got Talent" judges sure are hard to take: the endless bickering and posturing, the pranks and pokes, the preening and pontification.

"Can't someone just turn his mic off?" Sharon Osbourne said of Piers Morgan as he droned on about two of the 12 Wild Card contestants brought back after elimination to vie for four semifinal slots.

Can't someone turn all their mics off? Please?

Anyhow, judges aside, the results Wednesday night were, ultimately, satisfying, if not completely as anticipated.

The West Springfield Dance Team, neatly scrubbed of horror makeup for the occasion, triumphed over the singer Shevonne and those BMX showmen, Yellow Designs Stunt Team, whom I am very sad to see go home … again.

The Kinetic King reigned supreme over mini-singers Avery and the Calico Hearts, unlucky juggler Charles Peachock and the uncategorizable Those Funny Little People, prompting Morgan to clamber up onstage and bow down to him.

Landon Swank rightly edged out his less talented rival magician, Seth Grabel.

That meant only one semifinals spot remained as Summerwind Skippers, the Fiddleheads and J Chris Newberg were called to the stage to learn their fates.

Comedian Newberg, who had a great night roasting Morgan the previous evening, was summarily dismissed. Cannon tried to bait him into making an angry quip, but Newberg showed unexpected dignity: He'd had a great time and done his best, he said, before padding offstage.

So would it be "sexy" rope jumpers Summerwind Skippers or the contemporary bluegrass group the Fiddleheads? After an almost intolerable amount of upstaging and tantrum-throwing from the judges, we got our answer, and it was the right one: The Summerwind Skippers would get a chance to show us more of their tricks and tumbles.

And the Fiddleheads? It may be the end of the road for them on "America's Got Talent," but don't get out the violins. I suspect they haven't fiddled away their shot at success; we'll hear from these talented musicians again.

What did you think of the results? Do you think America voted the right acts through?


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-- Amy Reiter