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'America's Got Talent' results: Who made the top 10?

August 24, 2011 |  9:30 pm

'America's Got Talent' results host Nick Cannon with singer Demi Lovato

The most unexpected thing about the "America's Got Talent" results show Wednesday night, in which five of 12 acts advanced to the top 10, may well have been host Nick Cannon's jacket: a silky black-and-white polka-dotted number that Piers Morgan derisively said looked like something out of "101 Dalmatians."

"I can rock polka dots because I'm smokin' hot, y'understand?" countered Cannon.

The first four acts to make it through probably surprised no one: First, light-up dancers Team iLuminate -- who were called to the stage along with acrobats-gone-wrong Sandou Trio Russian Bar, acrobats-gone-dull Zuma Zuma, and fallen glow-in-the-dark stunt biker Matt Wilhelm -- emerged victorious.

Then the band POPLYFE and opera singer Lys Agnes were summoned and (of course!) were both waved into the top 10.

And finally, Miami All Stars, who gave a standout dance performance Tuesday night, bested funny-enough comedian Melissa Villasenor and tepid, twisty-haired singer Kevin Colis to move on to the competition's next round.

That left only one slot and three acts who hoped to fill it: 14-year-old dancer Beth Ann Robinson, "fierce" singer (and fearless lip-biter) Daniel Joseph Baker, and the zombie-lovin' West Springfield Dance Team.

Robinson was quickly sent home, leaving the judges to decide between West Springfield, which had impressively pulled off three performances in as many weeks, and Baker, who has a particularly timely and triumphant bullied-for-being-different-and-look-at-me-now back story but whose voice sounded a bit tight Wednesday night.

To be honest, though I prefer West Springfield, I was pretty sure the judges were going to pick Baker, what with his heart-tugging story line and two group dance acts already in the finals. I chalked up Howie Mandel's vote for West Springfield –- he declared it to be "the year of the dance" –- as a way to cushion the inevitable blow. But then Morgan chucked his chips West Springfield's way too, allowing the teenage zombies to stay alive in the competition and depriving Baker of his dreams of continued televised fierceness.

Ever the young showman, Baker held his head high, saying he had "nothing but good things ahead of me," a prediction I trust will prove true.

And you? Were you sad to say goodbye to Baker or any of the other acts who were sent home? Do you think America and the judges put the best five acts through to the top 10? And do you have a favorite to win the whole thing? Do tell.


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-- Amy Reiter

Photo: Nick Cannon and Demi Lovato. Credit: Trae Patton / NBC